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TUESDAY      October 20, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 205

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Thank God for the national pasttime for "Baseball been very, very good this year!"

     Taking a cue from the broken English of Chico Esqual, the fictitious Saturday Night Live character played by Garrett Morris in the seventies and parodied by Sammy Sosa this year in a joint televised interview with Mark McGwire, we take a breather from serious issues and take a lighthearted look at the national pasttime. In today's editorial we get caught up in all the hoopla of the World Series and take a nostalgic look back at the season and past Fall Classics in maintaining hope that the Yanks don't sweep for we are unabashed Padre fans and, unless you're from New York, will be pulling for the Swingin' Friars too once you read the origins of the name and discover that the tradition of the Padres transcends the mighty Yankee dynasty, and New York for that matter, dating all the way back to 1769. For today's commentary, entitled Here in "God's country" we're "Keepin' the Faith!", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Here in "God's country" we're "Keepin' the Faith!"

Michael Cain, editor

The Babylonian Exile begins at Avignon with the reign of Pope Clement V, known far and wide as Philip's Puppet Pope.

      Through the undue influence of the avenging Philip IV, king of France, Pope Clement V became the first in a long line of French Popes that would change the face of the hierarchy and move the balance of power of Peter from Rome to Avignon in southern France. It would be seventy years before Saint Catherine of Siena would convince Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome. For the seventy-seventh installment titled Pope Clement V: The Babylonian Exile begins in Avignon as Philip continues to fiddle while Rome burns , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Pope Clement V The Babylonian Exile begins in Avignon as Philip continues to fiddle while Rome burns

Installment Seventy-seven


      Today is the Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest and founder of the Passionists while tomorrow is the Twenty-ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of this saint, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, October 20, 1998

Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest and Religious Founder

Wednesday, October 21, 1998


      Today's prayer is taken from the Preface in the Passionist Missal honoring their founder Saint Paul of the Cross:

     You showed the wonders of Your power in raising up St. Paul of the Cross to keep alive the memory of Christ's Passion. As he contemplated the supreme love of Your Son for us, You gave him mystical insight and wisdom and special gifts of grace. You marked him out by his spirit of penance, by his love of poverty, and by his desire for prayer and solitude. You made him a spiritual guide and a preacher of the gospel. As he proclaimed the rich harvest of salvation, his words and example brought back to You countless sinners who had strayed from You. He kept before the eyes of Your people the Passion of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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October 20, 1998 volume 9, no. 205   DAILY CATHOLIC