August 11, 1999
August 11, 1999

vol. 10, no. 150


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      Today is the Feast of the virgin and religious foundress Saint Clare of Assisi who, with Saint Francis established the Franciscan Order of nuns. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time for Thursday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette for St. Clare, click on DAILY LITURGY.


 l;    Today, in honor of Saint Clare, we bring you the Preface from the Franciscan Missal for the Mass in her honor:

You wondrously inflamed Your servant Clare to follow like Francis in the footsteps of Your Son. To him You espoused her mystically through perpetual fidelity and love. Raising her to the summit of seraphic perfection through the highest poverty, You made her the mother of countless virgins.

Events Today in Church History

      On this date 507 years ago the political powerhouse prelate Cardinal Rodrigo de Borja y Borgia bribed his way into being elected the 214th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Alexander IV. The high honor did not transform him into a saint, but rather an even more devious Pontiff who used his authority to wield power and curry favors while punishing his enemies. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Coming Tomorrow

  • The 86th selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

  • 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 12th.

  • Messages 629 and 630 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Nineteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Nineteenth Friday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of Pope Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus, martyrs.

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

  • ...and more in our 151st issue for 1999!

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

    87: Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
    The Dark Continent's Shining Light

          Today we bring you the 87th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, the Cistercian Trappist whose devotion to God both in his active pastoral work and his later contemplative prayer-life inspired African vocations, leaving a legacy of fruits that are still manifesting themselves today in Nigeria and neighboring countries. For more on the 87th selection, click on BLESSED CYPRIAN MICHAEL IWENE TANSI

    Cardinal Virgilio Noe is the man in charge of the renovations of St. Peter's Basilica for Jubilee 2000!

          Our eighty-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 77-year-old Cardinal Virgilio Noe, the Vicar General of Vatican City State and President of the Fabric of St. Peter as well as the Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica. He was elevated to the cardinalate in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Noe, 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:   Worth suffering for!

          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".

    "Quite apart from the theology of it, the psychological fact stands out that those who have a deep and profound faith in Christ, the Son of God, are less likely to make unmanly submission to unworthy pretenders. This has been proven in thousands and thousands of cases in which Christian missionaries during times of persecution withstood their persecutors while those without faith succumbed. Freedom from dependence on 'phonies' is purchased by loyalty to Truth and Love."

    "Unless you are of total detachment and abandonment, you shall not receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and you will remain vulnerable to the wiles of satan."

          Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday on June 4, 1995 in which Jesus implores His children to call on the Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and ask Him to renew the face of the earth. Jesus emphasizes the vital importance of divesting ourselves of worldly trappings which weaken our resolve and prevent us from fully committing our lives to God. This slows the cooperative efforts of all His loyal little ones praying for the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. The day before Pentecost, His Holy Mother Mary reinforces her Divine Son's words entreating us all to read Sacred Scripture, strive to live the Messages, and partake in the Sacraments as often as possible in order to gain graces for protection against the onslaught of the devil and his legions. For Messages #627 and #628 from Our Lady and Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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      Chinese add to their snub of the Pope by denying Portugal Papal Envoy at upcoming ceremonies in Hong Kong

            On the heals of Red China's refusal to allow the Pope to visit Hong Kong, they're at it again. This time they are refusing the presence of a Papal Envoy from Portugal during ceremonies on December 20 marking the transfer of the Portuguese territory of Macau to Communist China. While Communist officials insist it is all over the Taiwan recognition, Church officials believe it really is about any kind of influence from the Roman Catholic Church which is struggling in the face of forced worship at the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church which is run by the communists and not in union with Rome. For more, click on Papal snub.

      Cardinal answers critics who lambast him for supporting Air Force Officer's cause

            Speaking with authority, the Archbishop of New York Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who is also the retired U.S. Chief of Navy Chaplains as a Rear Admiral, called on the United States military to honor the integrity of conscience and a person's faith, a concern stemming from the case of Lieutenant Ryan Berry, a married Catholic officer who was forced to bunk with female officers even though he is married. He protested and the Air Force said "tough luck, live with it or be transfered!" Cardinal O'Connor doesn't think he should have to live with that predicament for it goes against Berry's faith and conscience and to live in grace is more important than to "live with it." For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor.

      Little Audrey Santo marks 12th Anniversary of her long illness with special Mass in Worcester, Mass

            Over five thousand packed the Church of Christ the King in Worcester, Massachusetts Monday , many overflowing into the street for the chance to see the "miracle girl" Audrey Santo, best known as "little Audrey" who has been in a suspended-like state for twelve years. Monday marked the 12th anniversary when an accident in a swimming pool rendered her helpless. But she is not hopeless and no longer "little Audrey" for she is now 15 and helping so many through her prayers and miraculous intercession and signs which are under investigation by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. For more, click on Little Audrey

      Catholic tensions mount in Scotland and Northern Ireland

            All is not well in Scotland or Northern Ireland for that matter. Regarding the former, a well-known Scottish composer claims anti-Catholicism is rampant in this land once ruled by the Catholic Queen Mary, Queen of Scots. He cites various incidences that bear out his accounts. Meanwhile, across the Irish Sea in Belfast tensions are building once again at the news that the Apprentice Boys, a radical Protestant faction, has received permission to march through predominantly Catholic neighborhoods and the Catholics are furious, feeling the Orange are just rubbing their faces in it. They threaten to protest which could ensue in violent clashes. For more, click on Catholic tensions.

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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


    "But if thy brother sin against thee, go and show him his fault, between thee and him alone. If he listen to thee, thou hast won thy brother. But if he do not listen to thee, take with thee one or two more so that on the word of two or three witnesses every word may be confirmed. And if he refuse to hear them, appeal to the Church, but if he refuses to hear even the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican."

    Matthew 18: 15-17
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 142 and counting, hoping and praying...

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