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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Below is the Preface for today's Mass honoring Saint Martha:
It is truly right and just to exalt You, O God of infinite mercy, as we honor with fitting praise Christ, the King of the universe, on the feast of Saint Martha, who was happy to welcome Him into her house and served Him with devotion and loving zeal. By the generosity of her heart she obtained the resurrection of her brother Lazarus, who was four days dead, and she merited to be united for all eternity in the kingdom of Heaven with Him Whom she had received as a guest.
Medjugorje Monthly Message for June 25th
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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- Thirteenth installment of our marathon series on the newest Apostolic Letter Dies Domini in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Fourth installment of our on-going megaseries from the early chapters on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Messages 171 and 172 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on July 30th
- LITURGY for Thursday, feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus and Friday, feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
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The modern age of Marian Apparitions began at Rue de Bac |
As part of "retro summer" we continue to bring you the early chapters of our on-going series to allow readers to catch up with what they haven't read. Today we begin what is generally referred to as "the modern age of Marian Apparitions" with the account of Our Lady's visits to Saint Catherine Laboure at Rue de Bac in France. For the ninth installment, The Modern Age of Marian Apparitions begins at Rue de Bac with the Miraculous Medal, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Going back to the origins of the Sabbath
In the twelfth installment of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter DIES DOMINI, Pope John Paul II takes the faithful back to the Old Covenant and even further to the time of creation where he shows the Sabbath was the high point - the climax of creation and therefore the precedence was set that this would be a special day - the Lord's Day - for all ages. To read the entire document, you can go to Dies Domini. For Chapter Four: DIES HOMINIS Sunday: Day of Joy, Rest and Solidarity part two, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Through prayer we have control over Heaven's floodgate of power and grace
That is what Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. emphasizes today as he continues the section on "Intelligent Commitment" part two" in describing the power man has been given through the gift of prayer and the Holy Spirit, but we need to reciprocate by praying for others. For Father's fiftieth installment of "Faith: Key to the Heart of God," click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
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Holy Father laments senseless deaths of three nuns from the Missionaries of Charity Order
Saddened greatly by the deaths of the three nuns Monday in Yemen, Pope John Paul II sent his condolences to Sister Nirmala and the rest of Mother Teresa's Order of the Missionaries of Charity as well as the Apostolic vicar governing Yemen in Arabia, expressing hope that their deaths would not be in vain but would serve as a beacon of hope and blessings for the Order and those who come in touch with the nuns. The three slain sisters were identified and the names released after a driveby shooting as the nuns were arriving to their clinic. For more, click on Pope laments nuns' deaths
Another nun shot in South Africa!
It would seem to be "open season" on religious sisters this week. On the heels of the murders of the three Missionaries of Charity sisters, comes word that a German nun, serving as a grade school principal for Holy Childhood Convent School, was gunned down last week in Durban, South Africa. She had disappeared last Wednesday and her bullet ridden body was found this past Sunday. Law enforcement investigators suspect robbery. For more, click on South Africa killing
Burundi government ready to return ecclesiastical property to the Church
After over thirty years of having its property conviscated by the anti-Catholic rule of Jean-Baptiste Bagaza in Burundi, the new regime which overthrew Bagaza is at a financial crossroads, unable to fund the schools and Church property. Therefore, rather than shutting them all down or letting them deteriorate, they are unloading these "white elephants" on the Church, hoping Catholic officials can turn the properties around and thus absolving the Burundi government of the responsibility. For more, click on Burundi.
Abortion Doctor Tiller the Killer runs into red light and red tape in performing abortion on 12-year old girl
A Michigan 12-year old girl and her attorney erred in selecting Dr. George Tiller to abort her child. Known in pro-life circles as "Tiller the Killer" out of Wichita, Kansas, the girl whose name cannot be disclosed because she is underage, and her legal counsel had thought Kansas law would allow her to have an abortion in her 27th or 28th week, but a recent Kansas law that went on the books the first of this month clearly states abortions can not be performed past the 22nd week. Whether Tiller will defy the law and go ahead with the abortion remains to be seen for if he does legal action can be taken. It is a dilemna for pro-lifers who don't want the girl to have an abortion, but if she does than they can have Tiller suspended or locked up for breaking the law. Stay tuned. For more, click on Showdown on Abortion restrictions.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Saint Martha, devoted Disciple of the Lord, while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.. For the readings, liturgy , meditations and vignettes of the saints for both days, click on LITURGY
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"Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the open squares she raises her voice; down the crowded ways she calls out, at the city gates she utters her words: 'How long, you simple ones, will you love inanity, how long will you turn away at My reproof?' " Proverbs 1: 20-23