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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Fourteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time, while tomorrow is the Fourteenth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgy, readings and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
July is the month of the MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS and this day is formerly the feast of of this sacrificial shedding our Our Lord's redeeming blood. Below is the prayer of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Almighty, everlasting God, Who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son Redeemer of the world, and didst deign to be appeased by the shedding of His Blood; grant, we beseech Thee, that by our solemn service we may so honor what He paid as the price our Redemption, and by Its virtue be so defended here on earth from the evils of this present life, that we may forevermore enjoy Its fruit in Heaven. Throught the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Events today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
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- Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's weekly column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- Top Ten Movie Reviews of the Week from a Catholic perspective in our MOVIES & MORALS
- Another pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- THE SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
- Third Installment of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter Dies Domini in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on July 10th through July 12th
- Liturgy for the Fifteen Sunday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint Benedict
- ...and much more in our 134th issue for 1998!
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"And behold, I am with you, even to the end of time"|
As part of our summer service to readers who may not have had the opportunity to read the earliest chapters of our on-going megaseries on the Church today, we repeat the early installments beginning with the very first one in our inaugural issue back in January 1996 in which we pose the question as to what "Catholic" truly means. For the first installment, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Biblical evidence affirming the sacredness of the sabbath
We continue with our marathon of installments on the Apostolic Letter Dies Domini released Tuesday in order to bring the readers the entire document over the next several weeks, including footnotes at the end of each installment. Today we bring you the first part of Chapter One: "The Celebration of the Creator's Work."
For the second installment on keeping the Lord's day holy, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
We must be united in prayer against satan and totally behind the Pope
That is the essence of the Blessed Mother Mary's words in her 163rd and 164th messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady urges her children to use the tools we have been given to "Pray! Pray! Pray!" Only by praying can we activate the weapon of the Rosary to make it effective, keep satan at bay, and unite strongly behind our holy Vicar of Christ John Paul II. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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NEWS & VIEWS
Pope begins summer vacation
The Holy Father, after his Wednesday public papal audience at Paul VI hall, left on an extended vacation in the Dolomite Mountains, an extension of the Alps, in the extreme northern regions of Italy for the refuge of Lorezago de Cadore where he will spend a minimum of two weeks of total solitude. We suspect he is taking a few documents along and will do considerable writing and praying in preparation for the fall when he is expected to release a few more encyclicals and continue to forge policy that will shape Holy Mother Church for the next millennium. For more, click on Pope's vacation.
For priests the greatest fuel is prayer - especially before the Blessed Sacrament
Practicing always what he preaches, Pope John Paul II conveyed a message of the necessity of prayer to the 2000 priests gathered from all over the world for an annual retreat at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Holy Father, just before leaving on vacation, emphasized by remote communicating means, the necessity of praying before the Blessed Sacrament for inner strength in maintaining their clerical vows and goals for the good of the will of God and His Holy Church. For more, click on Pope's message to priests.
Dallas child abuser Kos justifiably stripped of priesthood by Holy See
Scripture says "Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisidec" but Melchisidec wasn't referring to one who would so abuse his vocation as Rudy Kos, the convicted child molester who brought so much grief and shame to the Dallas diocese for his pedophile actions. An admitted homosexual, Kos was officially laicized by the Vatican this week meaning he can never again perform any of the priestly duties. This might be difficult anyway considering he is currently serving a life sentence for his criminal sexual assaults. For more, click on Kos a priest no more!.
Ruins of oldest Catholic church discovered in Jordan while in New World valuable 17th century painting of Virgin destroyed
American Archeologists in the region of the city of Ayla near the Red Sea in Jordan recently uncovered remains of what could be the oldest remains of a Catholic church in existence. They date the ruins to the third or fourth century and surmise that a massive earthquake did in the structure around 363 A.D. Meanwhile in Mexico, a valuable 17th century of Our Lady and the Child Jesus was destroyed by fire in a church built in the 1500's in the village of Metztitlan. The parish priest and parishioners tried in vain to save the work of art but were unsuccessful. For more, click on ancient treasures.
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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
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Rich and poor have a common bond: the Lord is the maker of them all." Proverbs 22: 1