June 8, 1998
The Vicar of Christ speaks

June 8, 1998

vol. 9, no. 110


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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. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration

Today's Prayer is the continuing Novena to the Body and Blood of Christ leading up to next Sunday's the Feast of Corpus Christi. Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Today is the Tenth Monday in Ordinary Time and tommor the Tenth Tuesday, shared by the feast of Saint Ephrem of Syria. For the readings, liturgy and meditations 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
"A lamp from the Lord is the breath of man; it searches through all his inmost being."
Proverbs 20: 27

571 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • Installment Seventy-One: "Pope Martin IV: - The bitter tones of the Sicilian Vespers" 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 9th

  • Liturgy of the Day for Tuesday and Wednesday

  • ...and much more in our 111th issue for 1998!

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The importance of the Holy SpiritJesus is LordWithout the Light of the Holy Spirit, no one can say "Jesus is Lord!"

GIF images used with permission of EWTN      That is the title of the homily given on Pentecost by Pope John Paul II in 1992. What he said then is just as pertinent, if not more so today. In this timely piece the Holy Father emphasizes the influence of the Holy Spirit and His vital importance in the Blessed Trinity and essential "filioque" as proceeding from the Father and the Son. While the Old Testament was the time of the Father, and the time of the Gospel during Our Lord's life on earth - the time of Jesus. From His descent on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Pentecost to now is known as the time of the Holy Spirit, just as Christ promised that He would send His Spirit. Therefore, the only way to acknowledge "Jesus is Lord" is to acknowledge and be infused by the Sanctifier. To read the Holy Father's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Our Lady has endured in persuading us to endure
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. In his first part on Endurance in his weekly columns, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. highlights how the Blessed Mother has endured through all these years, through countless apparitions and messages, to instill the importance of praying with the heart and how to find that heart to pray and endure. To find out more, click on the first part of HEARTS TO HEART TALK
Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE
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    Fall predicted release date for Faith and Reason Encyclical
    Pope's 13th encyclical will be on New Age movement     The Vatican has let it be known through an Italian press agency that the Holy Father will release his 13th encyclical sometime this Fall and it will be on "Faith and Reason," entitled Fides et Ratio and is expected to deal with debunking new age thoughts and scientific theories that deny God's part. No exact date has been set, but speculation centers around the fact it will be released in conjunction his declaring the Jewish philosopher Edith Stein a saint. Her work, which he greatly respects, centered on the coorelation of faith and reason, giving rise to the idea that the Pope would tie-in the two. For more, click on encyclical

    Vatican reaching into China on the webWeb intrigue arises as Vatican expands behind Great Wall and Red China feeling intimidated
    China afraid underground Church will grow     The new Chinese language news service from Fides, the news service for the Vatican Congregation for Evangelization, that began late last week and can penetrate into China has Red Chinese authorities upset. They have complained loudly that the Vatican stay out of Chinese affairs and that the underground Church in China, loyal to the Holy See, is illegal in that country. The communists promote the Patriotic Catholic Church which does not recognize the Pope nor all the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church. For more, click on China syndrome.

    Leave it to the Clinton Administration to continue promoting the culture of death
         Should anyone be surprised by the announcement by Attorney General Janet Reno late last week that the U.S. Government and their enforcement agencies will not stand in the way of doctors who prescribe suicide medication in states that allow suicide assistance such as Oregon. Though the DEA disagrees with Reno's decision, they are powerless to do anything about it as are the rest of America's citizens. Pro-life groups are livid with Reno's irresponsible decision that basically makes her responsible before God for the lives and souls of those who may take their own lives. For more, click on Suicide decision.

    Pro-life advocates optimistic in spite of failed Religious Freedom Amendment
         Even though the Religious Freedom Amendment, which would have opened the door for returning prayer to the classroom, failed because it did not garner the necessary two-thirds vote in the House last Thursday, the fact the amendment passed 224-203 has buoyed the spirits of many. The vote has given pro-lifers in Congress to push even harder for it the next time is is introduced on the floor and it will be. The sponsor of the amendment pointed to the fact that most amendments fail the first three to five times before finally passing. For more, click on Renewed hope in the amendment .

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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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