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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Married Woman, Religious, and Mystic, while tomorrow is the Sixteenth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgy, readings and meditations and vignette on St. Bridget, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass honoring Saint Bridget of Sweden:
Lord, our God, You revealed the secrets of Heaven to Saint Bridget as she meditated on the suffering and death of Your Son. May Your people rejoice in the revelation of Your glory.
Events today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The lips of the just know how to please, but the mouth of the wicked, how to pervert." Proverbs 10: 32
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- Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's weekly column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- Eighth installment of our marathon series on the newest Apostolic Letter Dies Domini in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Top Ten Movie Reviews of the Week from a Catholic perspective in our MOVIES & MORALS
- Another pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- THE SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on July 10th through July 12th
- Liturgy for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint James the Apostle
- ...and much more in our 144th issue for 1998!
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"Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil..."|
As part of our summer service to readers who may not have had the opportunity to read the earliest chapters of our on-going megaseries on the Church today, we repeat the early installments bringing you the third installment in which we speak of preparation in girding for battle with those forces that oppose Christ and His Holy Church. Without proper preparation through prayer and fasting, we will not be able to deflect the artillery of deceit, modern rationalization and worldly venues of the evil one. For the first installment, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
The altar is the table where we gather as one to be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord through the Ultimate Sacrifice of the Mass
We continue with our marathon of installments on the Apostolic Letter Dies Domini released two weeks ago in order to bring the readers the entire document over the next several weeks, including footnotes at the end of each installment. Today we bring you Chapter Three - DIES ECCLESIAE - "The Eucharistic Assembly: Heart of Sunday" part three For the seventh installment on keeping the Lord's day holy, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Archbishop Chaput concludes his pastoral by challenging all to obediently observe Humanae Vitae as it was intended with a Catholic slant
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Today we conclude the 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 third and final installment WHAT WE NEED TO DO, click on MITERS THAT MATTER.
Become flames of living prayer to illuminate the way for the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart
That is the essence of the Blessed Mother Mary's words in her 169th and 170th messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady urges her children to use the tools we have been given to "Pray! Pray! Pray!" Only by praying and uniting as one can we work together against the wiles of the evil one and help expedite the glorious Triumph. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
Pope's Apostolic Letter Apostolos Suos to reign in power of Bishops' Conferences
The Apostolic Letter Apostolos Suos, will officially be released today in response to the bishops' request for clarification as to the responsibilities of episcopal conferences. In his letter, considered a Motu Proprio, the Holy Father has set limits on the conferences to curb runaway jurisdiction that, by right, belongs to each individual bishop for his see. In addition, the Pope has emphasized that conferences cannot be given the same exalted status as synods which are governed by Canon Law. For more, click on Apostolic Letter.
Pope reminds all of universal call to sanctity as he calls for prayers and aid for victims of tidal wave
In a stop off between the Dolomite Mountains and his summer residence at Castel Gondolfo, the Holy Father reminded all that the grace of the Holy Spirit is not possible without obedience to the commandment of love. It was love that poured forth from Pope John Paul II as he lamented the terrible trajedies in Papua New Guinea as once again he called for prayers and aid to assist the devastation from the giant tsunami that has rendered that south sea island virtually helpless and homeless.
For more, click on Pope's Audience.
October itinerary set for Pope's trip to Croatia
The Vatican released the official schedule for the Holy Father's three day trip to Croatia that will begin on the feast of the Guardian Angels and culminate on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. He will beatify Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac as well as meet with Croatian head President Franjo Tudjman. For more, click on Croatia papal trip.
Battle looms in Senate over contraceptives
During the week Archbishop Chaput released a pastoral on the evils of birth control, the U.S. Senate has opened another pandora's box by making it that much tougher in the battle between pro-life and the culture of death by pushing for mandatory coverage of contraceptives by all insurance companies. For more, click on contraceptives.
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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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