June 22, 1998
The Vicar of Christ speaks

June 22, 1998

vol. 9, no. 120


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Fr. Stephen Valenta's column Hearts to Heart Talk

This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Consecration to the Sacred HeartConsecration to the Immaculate Heart

June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts with these feasts the end of this week. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration

Today is the Twelfth Monday in Ordinary Time and the feasts of Saint Paulinus of Nola, as well as the marytred Saint John Fisher, bishop, and Saint Thomas More. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and their story as well as tomorrow's Mass, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

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

"Every day is miserable for the depressed, but a lighthearted man has a continual feast."
Proverbs 15: 15

557 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • Installment One: "The establishment of the Blessed Sacrament in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

  • TEN RULES FOR ETERNAL LIFE in Lesson/Meditation #91 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 June 23rd

  • Liturgy of the Day for Tuesday and Wednesday, feast of the birth of Saint John the Baptist

  • ...and much more in our 121st issue for 1998!

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GIF images used with permission of EWTN Pope emphasizes the necessity and value of example in the formation of Catholic youth
     In the second part of Pope John Paul II's ad limina talk to a group of United States bishops from the upper midwest which included the esteemed Cardinal Francis George, OMICardinal Francis George, OMI on the Vigil of Pentecost, the Holy Father emphasizes the vital importance of setting the example as responsible, virtue-filled role models for the Catholic youth today in our schools and through a dedicated catechetical program that becomes a "labor of love." Because of the importance of his words for American youth and our Catholic schools system both primary, secondary and university level, we bring you the second of three parts on this important delivery. To read the Holy Father's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

If there is no humility, then there is hardness of heart!
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. In his first part on Meekness of Heart in his weekly columns, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. shows how Jesus' words ring so true today, especially His words in Matthew 11: 28-30 of which Father takes his title for this short series on meekness of heart. Christ has promised us that if we take up our crosses and follow Him, He will lead the way and, though we may stumble, we will always be able to get back up with His help through the graces He bestows - that is the yoke He gives us: grace, and from these Heavenly gifts we learn from Him and realize we cannot bear the yoke if our heart is hard. To find out more, click on the first part of this special segment in HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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    Holy Father tackles sensitive Austrian situation with style
    Pope calls for unity amongst divisive Austrians      The Holy Father, celebrating the 1200th anniversary of the founding of the diocese of Salzburg, enthusiastically called on the Austrian people to uphold the teachings of the Church and for those who had fallen away - "to come back" as he lamented the apathy to the faith today in Austria where 75% are Catholic in name but so few actually practice their faith. He made his remarks from the cathedral where the great music master Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized in 1756. The visit to Salzburg - home of the Von Trapp family from the classic "Sound of Music" fame - was the Pope's first leg of his weekend Austrian trip. More on his trip to Austria will be available on Tuesday. For more on his Salzburg visit, click on Pope in Austria

    Papal plenitude prognosticated per positive plus of Peter's Pence
         The headline may be alliterate, but the announcement by the Vatican as to the annual budget is literally a plus thanks to the generosity of Catholics the world over who contributed a record fifty two million plus to the annual Peter's Pence collection which will be next week for 1998. These funds for the Holy Father's charities added to additional funds will allow the Holy See to spend for construction and renovation in preparation for the crush of pilgrims expected for Jubilee 2000. For more, click on Peter's Pence.

    Is Clinton selling out to China? Many religious leaders believe so if he doesn't demand an end to religious persecution.
    China hides behind great wall as persecutions continueClinton coming under fire for kowtowing to China      Coming under heavy fire for even agreeing to go to China, President Bill Clinton has said he will ask China for more religious freedom, but just asking is not enough in the eyes and hearts of religious leaders and human rights activists who don't believe the Chinese government leaders are sincere in their promises or denials. Too many incidences and reports have surfaced to prove the Chinese communists are lying through their teeth from the sterilization, organ atrocities, and forced abortions to the imprisonment and persecution of Roman Catholic priests and bishops. For more, click on Red China abuses.

    Cardinal Mahony's Cancer Completely Gone!
    Los Angeles Cardinal's prostate surgery a success      The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Cardinal Roger Mahony can thank God for his healing and the people for their prayers which have been answered with the announcement by his doctors that the prostate cancer he was operated on last week is completely gone. The Cardinal even hinted he might become a spokesman for the process in encouraging all men to get regular checkups to prevent any kind of cancer from spreading further. After a few weeks of rest the cardinal, who has come under fire by conservative interests because of his liberal, modernistic ideals, should be able to resume regular duties. For more, click on Cancer free.

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Medjugorje 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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

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