July 31-August 2, 1998
Feast of Saint Ignatius of LoyolaFeast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori
July 31 through August 2, 1998

vol. 9, no. 149

Top Ten Movies of the Week Reviews


Saving Private Ryan number one film this week - graphic from Dreamworks
Even though war is hell, Saving Private Ryan is saving face with saving grace!
     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. The long-awaited, much anticipated, critically-acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" debuted this past week and shot to the top with over thirty million, more than doubling last week's champ - "The Mask of Zorro". The film Zorro had dueled with two weeks ago and defeated - "Lethal Weapon 4" dropped to third. "Saving Private Ryan" is not for the fun-loving viewer but a more-than realistic harsh look at war as WWII veterans truly experienced. Director extraordinaire Stephen Spielberg scores again with this one which many expect will garner numerous awards come Oscar time. Click on MOVIES & MORALS: TOP TEN MOVIES

Symphony of Suffering
An unfinished symphony
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 how we place God on the back burner, even on Sundays. We turn to Him only when we are in need, but the rest of the time He is forgotten and this permeates our culture and society today. She shows how each note we lift up to the Almighty continues a symphony that is virtually endless in God's eternal concert. 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 31st, August 1st and August 2nd, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

"If your enemy be hungry, give him food to eat, if he be thirsty, give him to drink; for live coals you will heap on his head, and the Lord will vindicate you."
Proverbs 25: 21-22

  • Fifteenth 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

  • August 3rd in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY featuring the Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and Tuesday, feast of the Cur d'Ars Saint John Marie Vianney

  • ...and much more in our 150th issue for 1998!

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Pilgrimages to Our Lady's Shrine in Vietnam meeting fierce opposition from government

Vietnam authorities restricting Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang      Despite assurances that there would be no religious persecution from the Communist government in Vietnam, their actions prove the opposite, specifically on reports that pilgrimages are being forbidden to the famed Our Lady of La Vang Shrine under pretense of being a national security risk. This comes at a bad time when many Orientals are eagerly looking forward to the ceremonies at the Shrine honoring the Assumption in mid August. While Asians may be forbidden, American Vietnamese can still worship at the shrine in Carthage, Missouri. For more, click on Our Lady of La Vang

Massive restorations continue at the Vatican in preparation for Jubilee 2000

the Square and columns to be renovated
     If one wanted to get a clean photo shot of St. Peter's Basilica these days, they would be sorely disappointed as scaffolding covers the entire facade of the entrance to the massive church. Now word comes that more facades, columns and the stately pillars facing St. Peter's Square are going to undergo the knife with mortar support and sandblast in order to fully prepare the rebeautification project set to be completed by 2000 in time for the great celebrations anticipated throughout the Jubilee year in Rome. For more, click on restoration

Is the war really over in Bosnia?

Bosnia still in upheaval as churches still targets of Serb and Muslim extremists     Evidence has cropped up that persecutions of Croatians in Bosnia continue even though the war in Bosnia is supposedly over. This comes from the most recent bombing of the Franciscan church and monastery in Sarajevo as well as sacking and ravaging of Croatian homes - Croatians who were forced to flee during the war and returned only to find things in ruins. As they begin to return they are being scared off by the Muslim extremists and Serb rebels who have infiltrated the region. For more, click on Persecution in Bosnia.

Good news and bad news in legislative circles regarding pro-life and gay initiatives

Congress and Courts busy legislating

     Legislature took two steps forward and one back in recent legislation when they voted to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortion in Virginia and refuse Federal money to the city of San Francisco for a gay initiative that denies funds to anyone not cooperating with homosexual initiatives in that Sodom of the West Coast. On the negative side, the U.S. Senate voted to require insurance companies to pay for contraceptives in the same manner the impotent prescription medicine Viagra has been approved. For more, click on Legislation .

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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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
An implosion of spiritual decay is threatening to drown all unless we immerse ourselves in Holy Water

     In this weekend's editorial we point out how we've been looking in all the wrong places for the signs of the great chastisement. By going back to Sacred Scripture and heeding what Our Lord and His Blessed Mother convey, we truly find the answers that will help us to prepare in the proper way for the great implosion that is upon us. For the editorial titled If you're going to store up on water, make it Holy Water! , click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Proof that our angels are out there, guarding and guiding us
     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto brings us a classic on how her guardian angel brought her through a perilous time as well as an account from that saintly mystic Padre Pio as she illustrates the wonder and awe of God's special Heavenly creation. For Sister's column, "Wheeling and Dealing with Angels" , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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Sunday is actually a day of work - working on the Acts of Mercy!
     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 Four - DIES HOMINIS - Sunday: Day of Joy, Rest and Solidarity part five For the fourteenth installment on keeping the Lord's day holy, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Saint Ignatius of Loyola
     This weekend we celebrate two influential saints with the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits on Friday and on Saturday the feast of a bishop and Doctor of the Church: Saint Alphonsus Liguori.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori
For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes of the above saints for the weekend of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, click on LITURGY

Following is the Prayer from the Preface of the Mass for Saint Ignatius of Loyola:

You called Saint Ignatius to associate himself with Your Son so that, inflamed with love for Him, he would inspire countless souls to seek Your greater glory, to promote greater service to You throughout the world, and to offer Your people a Company marked with apostolic love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Following is the Prayer after Communion for the Mass honoring Saint Alphonsus Liguori:

Lord, You made Saint Alphonsus a faithful minister and preacher of this Holy Eucharist. May all who believe in You receive it often and give You never-ending praise.

518 - 517 - 516 and counting,
hoping and praying...

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July 31-August 2, 1998       volume 9, no. 149
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