May 26, 1998
Saint Philip Neri

May 26, 1998

vol. 9, no. 101


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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Today's prayer is in honor of Saint Philip Neri and taken from the Preface of the Mass:

In Saint Philip, You have given us a vivid example that arouses our fervor for the following of Christ. His luminous witness prompts us to love You with joy and to serve You in the poor and the sick. His remarkable life shows us how to turn to You with undivided hearts and he reminds us that the fidelity of each day is the offering that is most pleasing to You.

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  • Father John Hampsch's column KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL

  • THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS with a special on Mary, Mediatrix of all graces

  • A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on the May 27th

  • Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday - feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury and Thursday in the Seventh Week of Easter

  • ...and much more in our 102nd issue for 1998!

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What are the odds?
The chances increase through prayer     Most might think that the way to beat the odds is by rolling the right dice, but they're wrong for that is merely chance. For the sure thing to beat the odds, the only answer is prayer. We explain that today as we reminisce about the events over the past week and the coming week in our first editorial since last Tuesday. For today's commentary, When in doubt, pray; then go with the odds!, click on the Tuesday CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

A Tale of Two Popes
Pope Hadrian VPope John XXIThe five-week reign of Pope Hadrian V is followed by the only Portuguese Pope in the history of the papacy and the next-to-last pontiff named John.
      In our sixty-ninth installment of our on-going mega series on Church history, we cover two Popes in the late 1200's, one - Pope Hadrian V - who lasted just over a month and another - Pope John XXI - who was really a puppet Pope for his successor Cardinal Orsini who would become Pope Nicholas III. For our chapter, "Popes Hadrian V and John XXI: Short terms and sickness mar the papacy," click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

Taming tempers takes Temperance

      Jesus emphasizes the quality of the final "hinge" of the Cardinal Virtues: THE CARDINAL VIRTUE OF TEMPERANCE in His 87th Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart which is one in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her. Today's feature Lesson stresses the importance of Temperance as the gateway to self-control for without it we are prey to all the confusion satan can throw at us and he'll bombard us with it, tempting us aways from what Christ asks of His children. Without the Virtue of Temperance, tempers will flare! Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

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    Irish eyes smiling with landslide referendum for peace!
    One flag for allIreland votes for peace in a landslide
         In unprecedented numbers Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and the Republic flocked to the polls to put their exclamation mark on the Peace Accord reached on Good Friday, April 10th. The vote was a landslide with nearly 95% voting Yes throughout the country of Ireland, known as the Republic of Ireland and passing by a respectable 71% margin in British-ruled Northern Ireland. For more, click on Irish landslide

    Pope takes weekend trip to northern ItalyPope views Shroud, beatifies WWII military chaplain and calls for public officials to set better moral values
         On his weekend swing through northwest Italy, the Holy Father stopped off at Vercelli, Italy on Saturday to beatify Father Secondo Pollo a military chaplain during the Second World War. Before heading to Turin on Sunday, Pope John Paul II called for a greater sensitivity to morality from public officials who set the example for so many. Despite a two and a half hour ceremony the Pope looked surprisingly healthy and invigorated. For more, click on Pope in Northwest Italy.

    Holy Father places onus on U.S. bishops to explain male-only priesthood to the faithful
    Pope charges bishops to educate faithful     Pope John Paul II challenged a group of American bishops from the upper midwest Thursday that it's time they began educating the faithful on why the Church cannot even entertain the possibility of women priests. At the same time he emphasized the shepherds need to educate their flocks that the Church's policy of a male-only priesthood does in no way indicate any kind of equal rights discrimination. He emphasized the family core to the bishops just as he had the day before to a group of Italian bishops and the next day to a group of Italians on the key to perpetuating and preserving the sacredness of family life. For more, click on Male-only priesthood.

IndonesiaEast Timor - to the far right in dark green - is hoping to stave off persecution
    Catholic East Timor the key to Indonesian recognition by UN
         With President Suharto ousted from office, all that remains for the new president to smooth things over with the United Nations is for his heavily Moslem island nation to either recognize the independence of heavily Catholic East Timor or resolve the conflict in this land that Indonesia annexed after Portugal abandoned it twenty three years ago. For more, click on Indonesia conflict.

Catholic World News ServiceFor more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

Saint Philip NeriToday is the Feast of Saint Philip Neri a great devotee of the Blessed Sacrament and Forty Hours Devotion. For his story and the liturgy, readings and meditations today and for tomorrow's feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

A Reminder:
Rosary Crusade for the Holy Father continues toward the countdown to Pentecost

"The man who remains stiff-necked and hates rebuke will be crushed suddenly beyond cure."
Proverbs 29: 1

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