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Today is the Twenty-first Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the duo Feast of the holy King of France who was a faithful husband and father Saint Louis of France and the Feast of Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest, religious founder and educator. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Twenty-first Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
l; Today, in honor of Saint Louis and Saint Joseph Calasanz, we bring you the Opening Prayer for both saints:
Father, You raised Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of Your Heavenly Kingdom. By the help of his prayers may we come to Your Eternal Kingdom by our work here on earth.
Lord, You blessed Saint Joseph Calasanz with such charity and patience that he dedicated himself to the formation of Christian youth. As we honor this teacher of wisdom may we follow his example in working for truth.
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1532 King Henry VIII broke completely with the Roman Catholic Church by annexing the famed Abbey of of Glastonbury. By turning this cradle for English Saints over to the Church of England he cut off all ties with Rome and the schism still continues today. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The 76th 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 26th.
The Monthly Medjugorje Message for August 25th.
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-first Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Friday's Feast of Saint Monica, devoted mother of Saint Augustine whose feast we celebrate Saturday.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 161st issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN: Number 77:
Virgil C. Dechant
Leading the Knights of Columbus to greater heights as Supreme Knight
Today we bring you the 77th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Virgil C. Dechant, Supreme Knight of the Order since 1977 who has taken the Church's largest lay organization to new heights in fulfillment of what its founder Father Michael J. McGivney envisioned in 1882. Virgil oversees nearly 6 million family members and a vast insurance program whose track record in providing for others puts the major insurance companies to shame. For more on the 77th selection, click on VIRGIL C. DECHANT
After faithful service in the Vatican Diplomatic Corp and the Curia, Cardinal Silvio Oddi is living out his life in prayer
Our eighty-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 89 year-old Cardinal Silvio Oddi, the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy who retired in 1986 after seven years in that post preceded by 26 years in the Vatican Diplomatic Corps, specifically to the Holy Land. For more on Cardinal Oddi, 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: The hourglass mind!
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".
"After a time, useless reading weakens the mind rather than strengthens it; then reading becomes an excuse for the mind to lie dormant while thoughts are poured over it like chocolate over ice cream. The mind is like an hourglass through which ideas pass like sands, nothing remaining."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
John Paul II Institute Conference on Marriage and Family being held in Pope's back yard this week
The series of lectures and conferences on Marriage and Family sponsored by the John Paul II Institute has come full circle as it will finish up at the Vatican this week after beginning at the Lateran a year and a half ago in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000. It was founded by the Holy Father in 1981 to instruct religious, lay leaders and families on the nature and purpose of their respective apostolates. For more, click on John Paul II Institute.
Iraq claims tomb of St. Matthew damaged by Allied bombs
Iraqi officials have accused British and American bombers of attacking a fourth century monastery where nearby was the tomb of the Evangelist Saint Matthew which they claim was damaged badly. Western officials counter that if Saddam Hussein's troops were using the Christian sites as military outposts and camouflaging anti-aircraft weaponry then the responsibility is the Iraq leader's solely. For more, click on St. Matthew's tomb.
Catholic Organization Caritas leading way for others in aiding quake victims in Turkey
As the casualty list mounts, the grizzly task of uncovering rubble in search of bodies continues and with it the need to help the survivors. Leading the way is the Catholic organization Caritas which has poured its heart and soul into helping the beleaguered people of this land rocked by massive temblors that have killed over 30,000 with hundreds of thousands injured, and many, many more homeless as a nation is demoralized and hurt that more have not come forward to help. But Caritas, as always, is there exhibiting the Corporal Works of Mercy and moving products as fast as they can to help these devastated people. For more, click on Caritas in Turkey
Disbanded rebel group takes credit for Colombia bishop's kidnapping complicating matters
Further complicating the strange twist of events in Colombia is revelation that the suspected National Liberation Army, who have already kidnapped over 100 hostages, did not kidnap Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero of Tibu on Assumption Sunday but rather a rebel group Colombian officials had thought was disbanded and harmless. With the kidnappings by two different groups it is more difficult for the government to negotiate from strength and makes it doubly frustrating for the Church. For more, click on kidnapping plot thickens.
Pressured School Board in Dixie reverses decision, will allow boy to wear religious symbol in school
True to the prediction of William Donohue of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, the Harrison County Board reversed their ridiculous decision to forbid a student from wearing the Star of David around his neck, symbolic of his Jewish faith. The Southern district board in Gulfport, Mississippi came under tremendous international scrutiny for their anti-Semitic stance, but they claimed it was a misunderstanding because of gang activity in this gulf coast community. For more, click on Star of David.
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Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!
With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This 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 is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS
August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of
thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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