TEN FILMS LAST WEEK|
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 - "The X-Files" was knocked from the top perch and by a bevy of four-legged critters in the comedy "Dr. Dolittle" which does little to enhance the reason for preserving these furry, feathered creatures from Noah's Ark. The animals are cute, but precocious. Eddie Murphy is both precocious and obnoxious. Enough said. Click on TOP TEN MOVIES
All must be in tune in order to effectively perform God's proper concerto
In this weekend's issue the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart speaks from her heart on the responsibilities of all in evangelizing and helping ministries to evangelize. It is all part of what the Holy Father has asked and what God asks of each of us for we are all asked to suffer in some way or another and by saying "yes" to that suffering we blend our melody to the overall Symphony of Suffering. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
Events this weekend in Church History
For time capsule events that happened in Church history on July 3rd, July 4th and July 5th, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART
The Fourth Installment of the retro marathon week II of the early chapters of THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
July 6th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
LITURGY OF THE DAY featuring the feast of Saint Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr
...and much more in our 130th issue for 1998!
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Breakthrough in Dallas settlement that could salvage Diocese
Would you rather have one hundred million dollars on paper in promisory note or thirty million in hand? The latter would seem to be the unanimous response of the plaintiffs in the 119.3 million case awarded last summer in the Rudy Kos abuse trial. Plaintiffs are expected to waive the jury's settlement, thus taking it off the record legally and paving the way for the plaintiffs to receive their money fairly soon with the Diocese paying 3.1 million to each and the insurance companies picking up the balance of 4.4 million. Bishop Charles Grahmann was delighted with this breakthrough, citing an "end to this long period of sadness." For more, click on Dallas settlement
Survey shows increases in vocations in poorer countries offset the lack of vocations in Europe
Paralleling the time of the Protestant Reformation when Europe suffered badly in defections and the new world gained greatly in conversions, the Vatican released a survey late this week that illustrates the Catholic population has dropped in Europe and even North America while gaining substantially in third world countries of Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia - all missionary targets of thirty to fifty years ago which today are bearing great fruit. For more, click on vocations
Spanish Catholics not so gay over gay legislation
While Portuguese Catholics staged a sit-in last week that helped defeat abortion, their Spanish neighbors in Catalonia were not quite so fortunate in respect to a same-sex referendum that legitimizes homosexuality, thus giving it the same status as the married state. Spanish bishops were outraged, insisting that such a measure institutionalizes " immoral behaviour of homosexuality" which the Church can never condone. For more, click on Gay agenda.
Peace in Northern Ireland shattered with bombing of churches
Despite the peace accord reached a few months ago and the overwhelming vote, radical Protestants continue to get in the way, evidenced by the fact that, upset over not being allowed to march through the Catholic section of Belfast, sprayed ten Roman Catholic churches and several homes in Belfast with firebombs. Fortunately, as far as reports we've heard, no one was injured but for the first time since the Good Friday accord, tension returns to this hotbed of violence over the past few decades. For more, click on Protestant revolt .
Castro comes to the Cardinal
In an unprecedented move that was kept from the press, Communist leader Fidel Castro stole away and met with Cardinal Pio Laghi while the Apostolic Nuncio was in Cuba for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The fact Castro went out of his way to go to the local nuncio's quarters rather than the other way around indicates the Cuban dictator may be willing to compromise further. For more, click on Castro .
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Declaration of Dependence!|
On this weekend when we as a nation celebrate our independence from tyranny, maybe we should pause and ask if we are truly free of tyranny. Not just our nation, but within our Church. Too many have sought their own way, turning their back on the Pope and, by so doing, gone out on that ledge of lunacy. Thanks to our present Pontiff, the Church is stronger today because of "dependence" not independence. For the editorial titled Enjoy the fireworks shows this weekend before the real fireworks begin!, click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Just how much independence do we really have?
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto answers that question and more as she ties in this Independence Day with our dependence on God. As we grow older we realize more and more we aren't as independent as we might think, and thank God for it! For Sister's column, , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
We can never have enough protection!
That is why, after bestowing the Rosary and the Scapular to His children, Jesus sent more protection and promises in the following centuries, specifically the 15 prayers and promises imparted to His faithful daughter Saint Bridget of Sweden. In addition we cover other saints and visionaries during these medieval times in our third installment of our retro week II marathon of bringing you the early chapters of this on-going megaseries. For the chapter More promises of protection! click on this weekend's THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITION
LITURGY OF THE WEEKEND
The First Friday in July is the feast of SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE, famed for demanding to place his fingers in the wounds of Christ. On the Fourth of July we celebrate First Saturday and Independence Day Mass as well as the feast of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal as well as observing the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturdays followed the next day by the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and we begin the week by commemorating the martyrdom of Saint Maria Goretti. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Following is the Prayer from the Preface of the Mass for Saint Thomas the Apostle
The risen Christ appeared to the apostles the first time when Thomas was absent, so that the incredulous apostle, having overcome his skepticism, would strengthen our faith by his gesture. When he saw the pierced hand of the Master, Thomas proclaimed Him his Lord and his God and was able to testify with extraordinary certitutde to the truth of the resurrection.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The wicked man makes empty profits. but he who sows virtue has a sure reward." Proverbs 11: 18
546 - 545 - 544 and counting,
hoping and praying...