June 1, 1998
The Vicar of Christ speaks

June 1, 1998

vol. 9, no. 105


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Fr. Stephen Valenta's column Hearts to Heart Talk

This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today including feast of Saint Justin

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Today in Church history
Events today in Church History
     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Monthly Message for
May 25th

Outdoor altar behind St. James Church

   Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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  • Installment Seventy: "Pope Nicholas III - Political prowess punctuates the Papacy" in our on-going mega series in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH


  • A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on June 2nd

  • Liturgy of the Day for Tuesday and Wednesday

  • ...and much more in our 106th issue for 1998!

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June is month of Sacred HeartJune, the month of the Sacred Heart, is the perfect time to say "Yes" to Jesus and the Church
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     We conclude the three part discourse by Pope John Paul II on "Say 'Yes' to the Church and you say 'Yes' to Jesus" today as the Holy Father syllogizes how man's own free will taints their view and opinion of the Church and ultimately they reject Christ and His teaching by doing so. Even though this was delivered in 1991, the Pope's words are just as pertinent today, if not more so in this month of the Sacred and Immaculate Heart where obedience to Christ is synonymous with obedience to His Holy Church. To read the Holy Father's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Obedience bears the greatest fruit!
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. In his conclusion of his short series on "Let us clutch to our Faith and move on" Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. reiterates what the Holy Father emphasizes above on obedience to the Church. He also elaborates on the necessity to stop bickering and pull together to spread the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and allow the Holy Spirit to imbue us with His graces and gifts which is especially meaningful the day after Pentecost. To find out more, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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    Pope calls for closer communique with Islam world
    Pope: Key to peace is greater dialog with Muslims     The key to solidifying peace in the next millennium is greater communications with the Islam world through a mutual dialog with the Muslims to better understand inter-religious issues and reach mutual goals.Dialog with Islamism That was the essence of Pope John Paul II's statements at the Vatican Friday after the University of Cairo, a leading expert in the Moslem world, and the Vatican signed an accord that will pave the way for talks between the two religions. For more, click on dialog

    Jeopardy in JerusalemFriction still exists between Vatican and Jerusalem
         The "sandbagging" continues as the Israeli government continues its obstinate ways, this time rebuking the Holy Father's call for international sovereignty in Jerusalem. It is something most others want, including Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat who will meet with the Pope on June 12th. This further aggravates the Jewish factions who are clinging to the idea that Jerusalem will be governed solely by the Israelis. For more, click on Stubborn Israel.

    Jewish leader in Argentina asserts Jews did not have a monopoly on persecutions during the Holocaust
         The 74-year-old Jewish leader in Buenos Aires, Jack Fuchs, a veteran of the infamous death camp at Auschwitz, is upset that so many Jews are claiming they were the only ones persecuted by the Nazis. He states that, especially in Poland, Catholics were greatly hated by the Nazis and hunted down just as his countrymen were. For more, click on persecution in Poland.

    Filipinos elect man in the same moral mold as Clinton
    New president is not favorite of Cardinal Jaime Sin     The fears of the head of Catholics in the Philippines, Cardinal Jaime Sin, were realized Thursday when it was officially announced that former film idol Joseph Estrada, documented to be a man of loose morals, was the winner of the May 11th election for president of the islands. Philippines in trouble with new leader His name was announced by the joint session of the Philippine Congress. Many fear it will be more of the same ol' with all the rhetoric for improving things, but nothing getting done. For more, click on New Filipino president.

    New York theatre caves to lure of satan and liberal pressure: Gay play on Christ will go on!
         Chalk up another one for the bad guys! The lure of money and the record of never censoring a play, coerced the Manhattan Theater Club to backtrack on a previous decision and shamefully renew the aberration of a play called by the sacriligeous name "Corpus Christi" by playwright Terrence McNally, notorious for controversial productions. None will be as controversial or as explosive as this one which will portray Christ as gay. Expect plenty of opposition from one of the few noble institutions which stands up against the bashing - the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights. For more, click on Shame on Broadway.

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Today, the first day of June is the Feast of Saint Justin, a martyr and patron saint of philosophers. For his story, the readings, liturgy and meditations as well as tomorrow's Mass for Ordinary Time and the feast of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Today's prayer is in honor of Saint Justin, and is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass
     In the early days of Your Church You chose Justin the martyr so that by his writings he could expound to Jews and pagans the mysteries of the prophets and the teaching of the apostles. Fearlessly he defended the gospel of Christ before the rulers. He faithfully completed his ministry, after bearing witness to You before the people, and You gave him the privilege of shedding his blood in order to receive the crown of eternal glory in the luminous company of martyrs.
"Wealth is useless on the day of wrath, but virtue saves from death."
Proverbs 11: 4

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