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MONDAY             July 6, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 130

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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

The 16th Century: a method to her messages

Installment Four

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.

Monday, July 6, 1998

FEAST OF SAINT MARIA GORETTI, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

Tuesday, July 7, 1998


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

Learn from Me for I am Meek and Humble of Heart part three


June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   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

PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

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.


PROVERB OF THE DAY

"Conjugal fidelity and love for one wife only bring happiness and security."

Proverbs 5: 20


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July 6, 1998 volume 9, no. 130   DAILY CATHOLIC