DAILY CATHOLIC for 

August 6-8, 1999

August 6-8, 1999

vol. 10, no. 147

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WEEKEND LITURGY

      This weekend we commemorate the Feast of the TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD on Friday and the Feast of Pope Saint Sixtus II and his martyred companions as well as Saint Cajetan, priest and religious founder plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday before Sunday's Feast of Saint Dominic which is superseded by the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      In honor of the Feast of Saint Dominic we present a special prayer from My Daily Prayer:

O God, Who hast vouchsafed to make Thy Church illustrious by the merits and teachings of Blessed Dominic, Thy Confessor, grant through his intercession, that she may not be deprived of temporal help, and continually may advance in spiritual growth. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.


SIMPLY SHEEN: Will we aid the enemy?

    They say a picture is worth 1000 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 grave danger of loss of faith is not only that others will arise to insist on dominating us, but that our wills will become so weak and our minds so confused as to insist on giving assent."


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WORLDWIDE
NEWS & VIEWS
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NEWS & VIEWS
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Catholic World News Service
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HEADLINES:

It's official: Pope chooses India to close Asian Synod

      Despite opposition from the Hindu and Buddhist governments of India, the Holy Father has let it be known that he has chosen the country where Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity to deliver his Apostolic Exhortation which will officially close the Asian Synod. For more, click on Papal Visit to India

Air Force turns into "Air Farce" with ridiculous ruling against married Catholic officer

      A controversy is brewing that could undermine Catholics' rights both in the military and civilian life. The latest is the ruling by the United States Air Force that they will not accommodate the moral needs of a married Catholic Air Force Lieutenant who has objected to the immorality of sleeping in the same quarters with an unmarried woman. The Vatican commends his plea, but the USAF hasn't got a clue. For more, click on U.S. Air Farce.

For whom do the bells toll? Filipinos want their "liberty bell" back!

      As if the US Military doesn't already have enough PR problems, it has been revealed that there is a bitter controversy over the "Bells of Balangiga" in the Philippines between the U.S. Army and the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The latter claims the soldiers stole the Church property when they took the bells as a memorial of their victory over the Filipinos over a century ago when they quelled an uprising that resulted in the slaughter of 50,000 Filipinos. The Filipino Bishops have appealed to the NCCB for help in convincing the Army and Congress to return the bells to their rightful place in Balangiga. For more, click on Bell, book and the Army.

Two Colombian nuns acquitted in shooting of intruder

      It took a week, but finally the two Colombian nuns arrested for gunning down an intruder in the dark were acquitted of any crime, the court ruling that the shooting was done in self-defense. The history of their convent has shown many breakins and the nuns recently began carrying a gun for self-defense and to protect the valuable religious treasures in their chapel. For more, click on Colombian nuns acquitted.

The Catholic vote expected to have more impact with new service on the web

      Finally there will be a source all Catholics can turn to regarding upcoming elections where the Catholic Alliance will provide issues and voting records according to how they stack up with Catholic doctrine and teachings so no one will consciously vote for a culture of death candidate or someone who is not in accord with the ideals and values of Catholics. For more, click on The Catholic Vote.
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" But I shall not come until Scripture is fulfilled. My Holy Mother's Heart, pure and immaculate shall Triumph, for this is the Eternal Will of the Triune Divinity."

      Those definitive words above come from Our Lord on May 10, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus reinforces the glorious times to come, but not before the earth has been cleansed. He also warns against those who do not venerate His Blessed Mother and follows this Message with #621 a day later where Christ speaks of the Flame of Love and what it means and what He expects of us. For Messages 620 and 621, 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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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Number 90:

Bing Crosby

Forever remembered as Father Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way"

    Today we bring you the 90th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose that crooner of crooners who lived his faith in the face of Hollywood's barrage of temptations. We're speaking of Bing Crosby, the popular star of film, tv and the recording business whose songs will forever be etched in our memories as the melodies hauntingly remind us, especially at Christmas. He was part of the wholesome Hollywood group that stayed faithful to the faith and their marriage vows and will always be Father Chuck O'Malley to millions. For more on the 90th selection, click on BING CROSBY

A thrill ride in St. Louis: Inside the hierarchy of the game with a Padre and a Cardinal

      In this weekend's editorial, we rejoice with sure future Hall of Famers Tony Gywnn, who has been a Padre his entire professional career, and Mark McGwire who continues to shatter the baseball and major league records. Thursday night in St. Louis was a special moment when the world experienced a double shot of excitement. Though Gywnn fell one hit shy of reaching the 3000 hit mark, McGwire slammed his 500th and 501st career homerun. In a perfect world had both those feats been attained the two would have gained instant immortal status among the baseball gods. Their lives off the field have also garnered plenty of plaudits not only from fans but from God above Who had to be smiling on the happy events that occurred on the eve of the Transfiguration when a city and the baseball world was transfigured into the mecca of baseball immortality. But, in a reminder God is in charge, the perfect results were not to be. For the editorial, Perfection and near perfection! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

For all questions, just go to the Almighty Source - the "Answer Man" always in!

    In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto brings us a gem called An Interview with God. It's not an actual interview, but the brilliant idea of an anonymous writer who was, no doubt, inspired. The inspirational brief interview points out that we're trying too hard at times by putting the cart before the horse and pushing against the grain whereas the answer is simple for all we need do is ask as God asks of us since he is the ultimate "Answer Man." For her column this weekend, An interview with God, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Few were closer to the Pope than Cardinal Dino Monduzzi as Prefect of the Papal Household

     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our eighty-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Dino Monduzzi , the retired Prefect of the Prefecture of the Papal Household. For nearly fourty years he was a member of the inner sanctum of the Pope, overseeing the private papal palace and chapel during the pontificates of four Popes. For his loyal service he was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II at the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal Monduzzi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Events this weekend in Church History

      On Friday we commemorate the death 778 years ago of the founder of the Order of Preachers Saint Dominic whose feast is superseded Sunday for Ordinary Time. To him Our Lady gave the Holy Rosary to strengthen him and his followers against the heresies rampant in his time and which would become the ultimate weapon for all after him, especially in our day and age. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

"Runaway Bride" leaves all the rest standing at the altar!

     The final week of July finally found a decent movie topping the charts, rather off and running as in "Runaway Bride" which outdistanced all the others. For the Top Ten reviews for the fourth week of July prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

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

The DAILY WORD

Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord:

"As he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a Voice out of the cloud said, 'This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.'"

Matthew 17: 5

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