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The 91st selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Today is the Feast of that gentle confessor who converted so many souls in France - the beloved Cure d'Ars - Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney. On Thursday we commemorate the Eighteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the Dedication of St. Mary Major in Rome. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
l; Today, in honor of Saint John Vianney, we bring you the Opening Prayer for the Mass in his honor:
Father of Mercy, You made St. John Vianney outstanding in his priestly zeal and concern for Your people. By his example and prayers, enable us to win our brothers and sisters to the love of Christ and come with them to eternal glory.
Events Today in Church History
On this date 120 years ago Pope Leo XIIII, the 256th successor of Peter, published his third Encyclical entitled Aeterni Patris which focused on the resurgence of Christian philosophy and a renaissance of the Thomistic philosophy of the Angelic Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas, a scholastic movement that greatly influenced the work of Theologian Karl Rahner and has been perpetuated by Pope John Paul II. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 5th.
Messages 618 and 619 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Eighteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major and Friday's Feast of the TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD on the First Friday of the month.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 146th issue for 1999!
92: Graham Greene:
Extolling the Power and the Glory
Today we bring you the 92nd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Graham Greene, the renowned British novelist, playwright and screenwriter who, like the 97th selection Evelyn Waugh, converted to Catholicism. Throughout his life he extolled the spirituality and morality of his Faith while portraying the struggles between good and evil with the former always being the victor, inspired by "The "Power and the Glory" Which is Almighty God. For more on the 92nd selection, click on GRAHAM GREENE
Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, played a pastoral role in helping pave the way for the dismantling of the Berlin Wall
Our eighty-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 66-year-old Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the Archbishop of Cologne for the past eleven years who prior to that was Bishop of Berlin and helped initiate the demolition of the infamous Berlin Wall not with a sledgehammer, but his pastoral manner which won over many non-believers. For more on Cardinal Meisner, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Reviewing the first six hundred years of the Church as we set sail on the Barque of Peter from the time of Christ to Saint Gregory the Great
With the summer mode in vogue, we suspend this series until August, allowing the reader to catch up on past articles they may have missed in archives, including the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament and the early struggles of the Church in this on-going abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For the first fifteen installments, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Taking time to taste Food for Thought appeteasers over the past year
With summer upon us we follow the summer schedule and bring you retro vignettes from the past year of humorous and moving Food for Thought Appeteasers that could bring a chuckle, a tear or both but definitely will make you stop and think. For past Appeteasers, click on Archives for FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
SIMPLY SHEEN: Better to turn the other cheek!
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".
"Gradually we see that it is far sadder to be a wrongdoer than to be the wronged one; the injurer is much more to be pitied than the injured."
"Let your weapon be Me, reverently received in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Arm yourself with frequent Confession and daily attendance at Holy Mass as often as you can! Pray much. Pray the Rosary, which is a powerful link to all heavenly aid."
Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on May 4, 1995 in which Jesus cautions against the growing violence, entreating His children not to carry weapons of destruction but to reverently arm ourselves with the Holy Eucharist and employ the strongest prayer weapon we have - the Holy Rosary for through these two "weapons" - the pillars of salvation, we will help hasten the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's words in her message on the Feast of her chaste earthly spouse by emulating the virtues of Saint Joseph the Worker and being faithful to the Church and the Vicar on earth Pope John Paul II and reverencing Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. For Messages #616 and #617 from Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Holy Father praises spirit of Assisi as restored Basilica reopens after being destroyed by the '87 earthquake
Reminiscing about his own experiences in Assisi, calling it a center for reconciliation and the icon of peace as its most famous son Saint Francis of Assisi was known for, Pope John Paul II extolled the graces of Assisi and called on all peoples to emulate the ideals of this peaceful community in the Umbrian mountains that has never lost the faith nor the resolve to rebuild after utter destruction from the terrible earthquakes two years ago. For more, click on Assisi rebounds.
Latest findings authenticate Shroud as originating in Holy Land during Christ's time
Providing even further proof that the Shroud of Turin is authentic, a botanist from St. Louis confirmed that pollen fragments can only be traced to Jerusalem where Christ was buried. This latest discovery puts a wet blanket on scientists theory that the Shroud is a fake and came from Europe in the thirteenth century. For more, click on Shroud.
Latin American Conference with Church Leaders and Political Leaders convenes in Buenos Aires
Church and secular officials should not be crying, "Don't cry for me, Argentina" for the capital city Buenos Aires is hosting a significant Latin American Conference for Politicians and Legislators to discuss family values, structure and the inherent problems facing the southern hemisphere in these times. The three-day conference was organized by the Vatican and Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Pontificat Council for the Family which is sponsoring the meetings which will be attended by Argentina's President Carlos Menem and many other political leaders. For more, click on Latin American Conference
300 Forgotten modern martyrs victims of Serb ethnic-cleansing atrocities in Kosovo
What price peace? In the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing and the supposed-peace keepers scouring Kosovo for atrocities, they missed the fact that 300 Catholics were slaughtered by the Serbs and 70,000 Catholics forced to flee their homes with churches and monasteries pillaged and plundered. The report was filed by an eye-witness to it all - Father Ambroz Ukai, O.F.M., head friar of a Franciscan monastery in Djakovica, Kosovo. For more, click on Forgotten modern martyrs.
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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.
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