July 24-26, 1998
Feast of Saint James the Greater
July 24-26, 1998

vol. 9, no. 144


Top Ten Movies of the Week Reviews


Antonio Banderas stars as Zorro - graphic from Sony
     Continuing with our summer replacement to keep everyone abreast of the proper entertainment to take in, we present this week's top ten movies from a Catholic perspective including our take and the official review by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Last week's champ - "Lethal Weapon 4" was relegated to second by the snappy crack of the "The Mask of Zorro" whiplash at the box office. This zesty, fun, adventuresome film centers on the character made famous by Disney in the 50's and 60's and deals with early California. The dashy, debonair Banderas is the first true Spanish actor to play a Spaniard. Click on MOVIES & MORALS: TOP TEN MOVIES

Symphony of Suffering
A prayer as simple as the Our Father can offer a beautiful melody to God
Cyndi Cain, the Hidden Flower continues this series on sharing her own feelings from her heart and soul     In this weekend's issue the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart speaks from her heart on the simplicity of prayer and the simplicity of what God asks of His children. We overcomplicate it and when we do, we mess up the symphony. When God asks for a simple melody, we don't have to produce a marching band or full orchestra. A simple solo acapello will do if it is sincere. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Today in Church history
Events this weekend in Church History
     For time capsule events that happened in Church history on July 24th, July 25th and July 26th, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

"There are six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, the false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers."
Proverbs 6: 16-19

  • Ninth installment of our marathon series on the newest Apostolic Letter Dies Domini in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART

  • July 27th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY featuring Monday and Tuesday in the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

  • ...and much more in our 145th issue for 1998!

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Medjugorje Monthly Message for July 25th
The Gospa's message for July   Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This, little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Cardinal Ratzinger clarifies Apostolic Letter on Bishops' Conferences for media

Apostolos Suos explained further      With the Holy Father enjoying his second day of summer residency in the cooler clime of the hills above Rome at Castel Gondolfo, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith met with the media and other officials yesterday to officially release and explain the Pope's Apostolic Letter Apostolos Suos which regulates Bishops' Conferences and their authority via theological and canonical norms. For more, click on Apostolos Suos

Government cover-up takes strange twist as Guatamalan police point finger at priest for murder of bishop, suggest tryst with secretary.
intrigue and cover-up in Guatamala      It would seem, in an effort to throw off suspicion of their own soldiers, the Guatamala government is now accusing the priest who discovered the murdered body of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Joseph Gerardi, a crusader for civil rights. Using trumped-up charges against Father Mario Leonel Orantes Najera, Guatamalan authorities also arrested the bishop's cook Margarita Lopez accusing her of having an affair with both Fr. Najera and the slain bishop. For more, click on arrest

Now it's up to the Senate to finish the override of Clinton's Partial-birth ban veto.

Republicans trying to muster enough votes to override veto
     A pro-life House of Representatives easily passed an override of Bill Clinton's veto of the Partial Birth Abortion ban. However the real test comes next in the U.S. Senate where Republican pro-lifers are furiously mustering as many votes they can to let the President know America will not go along with the culture of death. A two-thirds majority is needed to effect the override and speculation now is that they are still three to five votes short. Memo to the senators: There's always prayer!!! For more, click on veto override.

House of Lords exhibits commons sense; not exactly something common with House of Commons

Battle over gay issue looming in British politics

     Maybe common sense and decency are returning to England after all. After the House of Commons voted to reject the House of Commons mandate that the age of consent be lowered for homosexuals. Their greatest fears are that it will open up more problems and make the spread of the gay lifestyle more available to younger people. Though their rejection is not a legal vote, it does carry a lot of weight within the British government and hopefully the homosexual measure will die. For more, click on House of Lords .

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In developing the cream of the crop, God created the sundae to remind us of Sunday
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream      In this weekend's editorial we equate ice cream with the ingredients of man's makeup in overcoming our bad habits in this lazy, convenience-crazed society that prevents us from becoming firm believers. Because of that we too often find ourselves melting into a puddle of milky lukewarmness and going sour on God because we do not seek the refreshing refrigeration of sanctifying grace. For the editorial titled The scoop on keeping cool in God's eyes during the summer and beyond , click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Oh how we've been duped by the media!
     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reveals how clever and insidious the father of lies is and the methods he uses to penetrate our homes and hearts without us actually realizing what damage is being done until it is too late. For Sister's column, "Satan is entering your home" , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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"The Eucharistic celebration does not stop at the church door"
     We continue with our marathon of installments on the Apostolic Letter Dies Domini released three weeks ago in order to bring the readers the entire document over the next several weeks, Apostolic Letter - Dies Dominiincluding footnotes at the end of each installment. Today we bring you Chapter Three - DIES ECCLESIAE - "The Eucharistic Assembly: Heart of Sunday" part four For the eighth installment on keeping the Lord's day holy, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Saint James the Apostle
     This weekend is pretty ordinary as in Ordinary Time except for Saturday when we celebrate the feast of SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE. Though the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time supercedes the feast of Saint Anne and Joachim, we bring you vignettes on the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and story of St. James, plus St. Anne and St. Joachim, click on LITURGY

Following is the Prayer from the Preface of the Mass for Saint James the Apostle:

Jesus, our Redeemer, called Saint James from humble labor with fishing nets and made him a fisher of men for their salvation. He responded to the divine call with a prompt and faithful spirit; therefore he merited to undergo the torment of martyrdom and to enter into glory before the other apostles of the Lord.

525 - 524 - 523 and counting,
hoping and praying...

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