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Events today in Church History
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Sixteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Disciple of the Lord. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"According to his good sense a man is praised, but one with a warped mind is despised." Proverbs 12: 8
Medjugorje Monthly Message for June 25th
Dear children! Today I desire to thank you for living my messages. I bless you all with my motherly blessing and I bring you all before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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528 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Eighth installment of THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS in this on-going series from the early chapters as part of retro summer.
- Sixth installment of the Pope's Apostolic Letter on keeping holy the Lord's Day - Dies Domini in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Father John Hampsch's column KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
- Second installment of Archbishop Chaput's Pastoral on Humanae Vitae in MITERS THAT MATTER
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on July 22nd
- Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday, feast of Saint Mary Magdalene and Thursday, feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden.
- ...and much more in our 142nd issue for 1998!
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Revisiting a touchy subject that needs revisiting |
We begin today a special three part segment on the entire text of a special pastoral letter by Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Conv. of Denver on the real meaning of Humanae Vitae as we approach the thirtieth anniversary of Pope Paul VI's last encyclical which has largely been neglected. As part of our bringing you "Bishopspeak", this is reprinted with Archbishop Chaput's permission through Catholic World News. For the first installment OF HUMAN LIFE, click on MITERS THAT MATTER.
Sometimes the bull market bears close scrutiny
Today's editorial ties in with events over the past week as well as Archbishop Chaput's special pastoral (above) and the anticipation of an important Vatican document to be released Thursday on the structure of Bishops' Conferences. All these tie in with the anniversary of the Civil War's first major battle at Bull Run. The bull from many is running thick and it's time to homogenize the rhetoric and get back to the basics of striving for holiness. For our commentary Just a lot of bull with no substance!, click on Tuesday's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
From the blood of the martyrs grow the seeds of Christianity during the Second Century
The great historian Tertullian is attributed the quote above and it was he, along with many Christian apologists and early Church fathers that shaped and formed the young Church into a formidable force despite the constant persecutions by pagan Rome who, for all their advanced culture and intelligence, didn't have a clue how to deal with this relatively new phenomena known as Christianity. For the ninth installment titled The Second Century: Century of Christian Apologists - the early Doctors of the Church, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Obedience comes in many forms but humility is at the forefront
The 95th Lesson/Meditation imparted by Jesus to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which is one in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her, deals with obedience, specifically to authority - particularly the fourth commandment of honoring thy father and mother. For the Lesson/Meditation titled THE SACRED NATURE OF HONORING FATHER AND MOTHER, click on THE HIDDEN WAY.
Also, if you would like to know how you can acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY, click on Book
The day of the new creation takes on special significance
In the fifth installment of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter DIES DOMINI, Pope John Paul II continues to explain how the Resurrection of the Lord transfered the importance of the sabbath from Saturdays , as was the custom of the Old Covenant, to the New Covenant day of Sunday - "the day of the new creation" and "the day of the gift of the Holy Spirit" as we continue our daily installments of this entire important document. To read the entire document, you can go to Dies Domini. For Chapter Two: The Day of the Risen Lord and of the Gift of the Holy Spirit, part two, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
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Those trying to capitalize on Mother Teresa had better think twice.
Mother Teresa's hand-picked successor Sister Nirmala has spoken out strongly for the founder of the Missionaries of Charity in asserting that no one has the right to use Mother's name or image to further any other cause simply because Mother would not allow it when she lived. The most recent flap is over plans to erect a statue and rename a street as well as an annual award. Regardless of the intent, the Missionaries of Charity remain adamantly opposed. For more, click on Missionaries of Charity
Vatican to release special document regulating Bishops' Conferences on Thursday
Nothing like starting off with a bang. No sooner will the Holy Father return from his vacation in the Dolomite Mountains than he will usher a pivotal document on theological and canonical status of bishops' conferences that could greatly affect the NCCB and other organizations. It is another opportunity for the Pope to reign in the liberal bishops who have struck out on their own agendas, infiltrating the body of bishops with their liberal platforms. For more, click on Bishops' Conferences.
If Russia has its way missionaries will go the way of the dinosaur
There is an advertising slogan that we've been pummeled with over the past few years that goes: "Bring your Visa, because they don't accept American Express." Well, it would seem that Russia wants to add to that with "Bring your visa because we don't accept Americans or any other foreign priests." That is what could happen if new rules are implemented in Russia that would greatly hinder the Catholic Church in the country which Our Lady asked for conversion for at Fatima. For more, click on Russia.
Congress trying to right wrongs heaped on pro-lifers
Claiming free speech is at the heart of public demonstration, a group of Republican congressman are launching a bill that will protect pro-life groups against the charges of racketeering and uphold their right to assemble in front of abortuaries. The bill is being introduced to right the wrongs done from the interpretation by a Chicago judge of accusing the pro-lifers of racketeering. For more, click on Pro-Life bill.
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