August 3, 1999

August 3, 1999

vol. 10, no. 144


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     Today is the Eighteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Feast of that beloved Cure d'Ars of France, Saint John Baptist Marie Vianney. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on St. John Vianney, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Events Today in Church History

      On this date 507 years ago Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain with a fleet of three ships - the Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina, commissioned by Queen Isabella of Spain who provided Franciscan missionaries to accompany the Genoan skipper. After two months at sea, the crew would sight land and, as they say, the rest is history. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


  • The 92nd selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

  • A review of this year's FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

  • Biography on Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the 83rd Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 4th.

  • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint John Vianney on Wednesday and the Eighteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Feast of the Dedication of St. Mary's Basilica in Rome.

  • ...and more in our 145th issue for 1999!

To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.

Alan Keyes
His wake-up call is meant to tweak America's conscience

      The voters were making a moral political statement with their selection of the 93rd TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY: presidential candidate Alan L. Keyes. Beginning with the 1996 presidential race he gained a higher profile and has continued that exposure with a popular conservative radio show entitled "The Alan Keyes Show" in which his main purpose is to tweak the conscience of Americans and 'Wake-up America!' as well as authoring "Our Character, Our Future." His message is the secular equivalent to the Blessed Virgin Mary's call to return to God and repent. For more on the 93rd selection, click on ALAN KEYES

Catholic PewPoint helps put things in perspective and clear up the tunnels of confusion!

      This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the forty-six installments presently available for 1999, click on the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Retroactive articles on Church history available from 1150 to 1515 A.D. for summer review

      This summer we present a review of the period from the time of Charlemagne and Pope Saint Stephen IV, the 97th successor of Peter in the early ninth century to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 25 through 106. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the eighty-one installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

SIMPLY SHEEN:The Mercy of Prayer!

      They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"The second advantage of prayer is not only to void our bad moods, but to replace them with good feelings. As we pray, the sense of God's presence and law becomes more intimate; instead of wanting to 'get even with our enemy,' we take on God's attitude toward them, which is loving forgiveness and mercy."

"Come quickly to the Font of Divine Mercy and mystically plunge all the world into the abyss of My Mercy!"

     Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23, 1995 in which Jesus assures that only through His Divine Mercy will His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart triumph ushering in the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart. He entreats all to partake of His abundant Font of Mercy and pray. His Blessed Mother confirms this and laments how we have been so duped by our society and the media. She encourages her little ones to stay the course and turn away from hate and prejudice through prayer and asking for a clean heart. Only by living the Gospel will we be able to fend off the temptations that are to come. For Messages #614 and #615 from Jesus and Mary, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is NOW available!

      The much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary over five years is finally here! You can finally acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages. To find out how, click on Book

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    Holy Father stresses rest and relaxation for body and the soul during his Angelus Sunday while bemoaning internal strife in Colombia

          Speaking during his second Sunday Angelus audience at his summer residence at Castelgondolfo, the Holy Father took note of the massive amount of vacationing pilgrims under the hot sun and stressed the importance of vacation time, but not to neglect the soul for our spiritual life needs to be refreshed as well, but prayer never takes a vacation. At the conclusion of his audience he bemoaned the internal strife in Colombia and the problems with the National Liberation Army which had been excommunicated by Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali on Friday. The Guerillas' are the chief suspects in a bombing Thursday in Medellin in which ten were killed and thirty-eight injured. The National Liberation Army or ELN, founded by a priest, is an offshoot of liberation theology condemned by the Holy See. For more, click on Pope speaks out.

    New Nuncio to India reveals Pope's desires to expedite Mother Teresa's canonization process

          The recently appointed Nunciature to India Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri announced on his arrival at the New Delhi airport this past weekend that His Holiness Pope John Paul II is most anxious in expediting the process that will clear the way for Mother Teresa, the "saint of the gutters" to be beatified and canonized. It was the Archbishop's first visit ever to India, headquarters for Mother's Missionaries of Charities and he voiced the Vatican's great pleasure with the Church in India. For more, click on Mother Teresa.

    Only 107 cardinals out of 154 eligible to vote in conclave

          Italians no longer dominate the College of Cardinals as they had in past centuries, making it ever more possible that the next Sovereign Pontiff could be a non-Italian just as Pope John Paul II is. Non-Italian European cardinals lead the group with 47 eligible electors, followed by Latin America with 19 and then Italy with 18. The United States has 11 red-hats who can partake in the College of Cardinals. Add to this that only one cardinal appointed by Pope John XXIII remains and he is ineligible to be an elector. Twenty-six still remain from Pope Paul VI's Consistories and all the rest, 127 were appointed by the present Holy Father, making a conservative successor quite possible. For more, click on Sacred Conclave.

    Friends, Romans, Countrymen, get out of town in August!

          Hoping to ease traffic in order to intensify construction preparation for Jubilee 2000, the city government of Rome issued a plea to all Romans to take their vacations now and get out of town, a custom that had been abandoned in recent years. The purpose this year is not so much the heat, which is usually oppressive in Italy in August, but to clear the streets of as many people as possible in order for road construction to be expedited so the city will be ready for the influx of pilgrims beginning in January. For more, click on Roman exodus

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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Then He called the crowd to Him, and said to them, 'Hear, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not defile a man; but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man.'"

Matthew 15: 10-11
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 150 and counting, hoping and praying...

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