July 6, 1998
vol. 9, no. 130
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Events today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
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
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
The prayer below is taken from today's Opening Prayer of the Mass in honor of Saint Maria Goretti:
Father, Source of innocence and Lover of chastity, You gave St. Maria Goretti the privilege of offering her life in witness to Christ. As You gave her the crown of martyrdom, let her prayers keep us faithful to Your teaching.
543 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Installment Seven: Nothing can destroy the Spirit! in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Installment Five: The end of sacrifice signals the importance of sacrifice: Our Lady of Guadalupe in continuing our retro marathon week II of THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- THE THIRD COMMAND: KEEP HOLY THE LORD'S DAY in Lesson/Meditation #93 in THE HIDDEN WAY
- A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on July 7th
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 131st issue for 1998!
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Pope to release Apostolic Letter Dies Domini tomorrow on keeping holy the Sabbath|
The Holy Father is scheduled to release an important document tomorrow dealing with the growing secularism of Sunday. In his Apostolic Letter he urges all to return to the family values of years ago when Sunday was special, reserved for the Lord as His Day...a day of rest. Because we won't have the full English text for a few days, we are deferring THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS until later this week when the document is available and we can bring it you.
The scales of Church loyalty shift from Europe to the New World
In the fourth installment as part of our retro marathon week II of the early chapters of our megaseries, we focus today on the time of upheaval and grace when the balance of Catholicism shifted heavily toward the new world through the missionary efforts of many. It was a time when the renaissance was in full swing and free thinkers began questioning the Church, causing massive defection. For the fourth installment entitled The 16th Century: a method to her messages, dealing with the events and apparitions leading up to Guadalupe, click on today's THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
An ideal role model for teens today
If any saint could be epitomized as an ideal role model for teenagers today it would be Saint Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr, who so embraced chastity that she willingly died rather than violating her purity. Not only did she give her life to Our Lord totally but followed Christ's request to the tee - forgiving her assailant before she died. The fruits of her martyrdom resulted in his conversion, reconciliation with her mother, and his presence for her canonization. For her story as well as the readings, liturgy and meditations for Ordinary time today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Jesus is the ultimate Confector of all sacraments, but He can't do it alone.
In his third part on Meekness of Heart in his weekly column, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. pinpoints that the priest is absolutely necessary in confecting the Sacrament of the Eucharist at Holy Mass and that whatever the celebrant's disposition, the sacrament is still valid if the intent is in alignment with what Christ intended. Though Jesus is God, He still needs His priests to carry out the mission He entrusted to them. But too many have allowed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to become nothing more than a "meal" in the sense that the sacrificial aspect has been downplayed as Father laments. For Father's column, click on the third part of his treatise in HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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Pope to emphasize sacredness of Sunday in new document
Tomorrow the Holy Father will release an Apostolic Letter on the sacredness of the Sabbath with Dies Domini in which he reminds all that Sunday is a day of rest, not intended for labor which the world has forgotten. Now Pope John Paul II attempts to pull in the reigns and return the flock to a stricter observance of the day Our Lord said to keep holy. For more, click on Sabbath
Is Northern Ireland becoming another Bosnia?
Despite the peace accord signed and voted upon for Northern Ireland, Protestant terrorists are threatening to obliterate that peace and turn Belfast and the surrounding area into another Sarajevo. We say that because of the Catholic Churches that have been torched and destroyed by these senseless acts of violence that greatly jeopardizes all citizens of Northern Ireland and betrays the trust of those who voted for the peace treaty. For more, click on Northern Ireland.
More beatifications on the Holy Father's docket this year
Already on record as having beatified and canonized more people than all his 263 predecessors, Pope John Paul II is not slowing down, announcing that he will elevate thirteen more candidates. For some, such as Croatian national hero Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, the Pope will personally preside at during his visit to Split and Zagreb this fall. For more, click on beatifications .
Are abortions really declining in the face of the plethora of judges overturning legislation?
From statistics released from 38 of the 50 states statistics on abortion are down, but before we celebrate we have to be greatly concerned over two things. First, the plethora of liberal judges who are overturning legislature legally passed into law by the voters, and the fear that the pill R-U86 could hide the massive numbers of abortions not reported. More than ever we need to pray. For more, click on Statistics misleading.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Conjugal fidelity and love for one wife only bring happiness and security." Proverbs 5: 20
July 6, 1998 volume 9, no. 130