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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration
Events today in Church History
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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.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses." Proverbs 10: 12
550 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Installment Six: ""Thou art Peter..." in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- THE SECOND COMMAND: DO NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN in Lesson/Meditation #92 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 30th
- Liturgy of the Day for Tuesday, feast of the First Martyrs of the Roman Church, and Wednesday, feast of Blessed Junipero Serra.
- ...and much more in our 126th issue for 1998!
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THE SALT AND THE SHAKER!
Today is the feast of SAINT PETER and SAINT PAUL, the two stalwart Apostles who did more to promulgate the faith of Holy Mother Church in the early days of her formation amidst great prejudice and persecution. While our headline refers to Peter as the salt, both for his foundations and his personality, Paul is referred to as the "Shaker" - not in the Quaker sense, but in the mode that he shook things up going from prosecutor to convert, taking up the cause as the "Apostle of the Gentiles." For the readings, liturgy, meditations and their story as well as tomorrow's Mass, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Pope urges bishops to give it the ol' "College Try" in solidifying the faith in the university systemThe canonical certainty of the priest as confector of the Sacrament of the Sacrifice.
In his second part on Meekness of Heart in his weekly columns, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. cites the certainty of canon law which claims the necessity of confection by an ordained priest of the Sacrament at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in order for the bread and wine to truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Soul and Divinity. Of all the privileges and responsibilities of the priesthood, this, along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, are the most vital. For Father's explanation, click on the second part of his treatise in HEARTS TO HEART TALK
In the third and final 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, OMI on the Vigil of Pentecost, the Holy Father completes his talk by emphasizing the vital importance of re-establishing the tenets of the faith into the total curriculum of the Catholic university system in America. To read the Holy Father's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Saint Paul ignites the fuse of faith!
In the fifth installment as part of our retro marathon week of the early chapters of our megaseries, we focus today on the Apostle Saint Paul and how his lightning turnaround of going from Saul the prosecutor of the Church to great defender was triggered by the fire of the Holy Spirit burning within him as Paul sparked a tremendous explosion of zeal for the new faith. For the fifth installment entitled The embryo years: forming the foundations of faith , click on today's THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
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China continues charade on human rights despite evidence Catholic bishop arrested again!
The great wall of China hides a plethora of secrets that the press is frantically attempting to uncover as China has the spotlight shone on them this week with the controversial visit of Bill Clinton. According to the Cardinal Kung Foundation, Bishop Julias Jia Zhiguo and thirty priests have been placed under house arrest because they refuse to turn their back on Rome and the Holy Father. Since they are not a part of the National Patriotic Catholic Church in China, the Red Chinese figure it's fair game to incarcerate those who disagree, but human rights doesn't work that way. But don't expect Clinton to press the issue, that's not his style unless it's politically expedient. For more on his Salzburg visit, click on Chinese impropriety
Pope's prayers paying off at World Conference in Rome
They say the "squeaky wheel gets the grease" but at the UN Conference on International Crime, the pro-abort women's caucus is turning more votes away by their incessant demand to allow abortions over the "enforced pregnancy" and "gender persecution" agendas be included as crimes. It is the radicals' clever tactics to make a refusal for abortion be classified a "crime." The real crime is the killing of the babies and the Holy Father continues to pray, along with the Church and pro-lifers the world over that these narrow-minded delegates will see the truth and the truth will set them free. For more, click on UN Conference.
How can the media fully report on the faith if they have no concept of the faith?
That was the question the head of the Pontifical Council of Social Communications Archbishop John Foley posed to a group on social communcations. He reiterated that every news source, whether a major print daily, radio station or network television should have specialists who can more accurately decipher and report the news to the people in a fair way so the public will get the true picture and not a fabricated version as the media is so wont to do today. For more, click on media accuracy .
Hope and prayers are showing we're winning the war against the culture of death
While those fostering and praying for the Culture of Life have lost numerous battles, the overall feeling is that those who trust in God are winning the war over those who persist in pushing their own agenda of the culture of death. This is born out in the latest figures by the United States Center for Disease Control which shows abortion has decreased since 1992. Meanwhile, pro-life Republicans are pushing for a bill that would deny suicide-assisted doctors any federal financial assistance in prescribing drugs that would contribute to the culture of death. For more, click on Battle for life.
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