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Today is the Fourteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Fourteenth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT and review of past commentaries
- Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on July 9th through July 18th.
- DAILY LITURGY from Friday, July 9th through Monday, July 19th including the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
- Messages 589 and 590 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Franciszek Macharski of Poland in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Review of installments 46 through 106 in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Review of past gems in our FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS feature
- Review of Chapters one through 15 of 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Review of all of Pat Ludwa's columns VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Review of installments 47 through 105 in WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- ...and much more in our 132nd issue for 1999!
June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today I thank you for living and witnessing my messages with your life. Little children, be strong and pray so that prayer may give you strength and joy. Only in this way will each of you be mine and I will lead you on the way of salvation. Little children, pray and with your life witness my presence here. May each day be a joyful witness for you of God's love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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You don't need a magnifying glass to find God!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about the fact that so many go to elaborate means to find God in this way or that way and for Catholics it's very simple: He's right there for us in the Blessed Sacrament, present in the Holy Eucharist Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Pat points out there is no other sure-fire way to find God for every one is different and what might work for one, doesn't always work for another even the saints discovered this as Pat relates in his column today, warning us not to follow every new-fangled, can't miss offer to instantly find God that often taints of New Ageism. For Pat's column Looking for God in all the wrong places!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, this summer we present installments 47 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. Unfortunately some of the earlier installments were deleted in the files during a virus crash last year so installments one through 46 are not available currently but we are going to retype them and run them when we resume this series in September. To read any of the fifty-eight installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the anniversary of the death of two Sovereign Pontiffs who died 470 years apart to the day. Blessed Pope Eugene III, the 167th successor of Peter who established the Sacred College of Cardinals, died on this date 846 years ago. Pope Gregory XV was the other Vicar of Christ who died on this date 376 years ago. As the 234th in the line of Peter, this Bologna-born pontiff instituted the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to assist the missions worldwide through his apostolic constitution Inscsrutabili Divinae. Today this Curia office is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples headed by Cardinal Josef Tomko. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
July is the month of the MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS and so, on Ordinary days this month we bring you the Prayer of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Almighty, everlasting God, Who didst appoint Thine
only-begotten Son Redeemer of the world, and didst deign
to be appeased by the shedding of His Blood; grant, we
beseech Thee, that by our solemn service we may so honor
what He paid as the price our Redemption, and by Its virtue
be so defended here on earth from the evils of this present
life, that we may forevermore enjoy Its fruit in Heaven.
Throught the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who
liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end. Amen.
SIMPLY SHEEN: Making a conscious effort isn't always the sure thing!
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 person who has a good conscience, even though he has had many sins, always has confidence in God. Our absolution by conscience is not infallible. The conscience is probably much more reliable when it condemns than when it acquits. One is always on the safe side when he follows conscience when it says, "You are wrong," but he is not always vindicated when his conscience says, "You are right." The inward judge needs to be stimulated and enlightened and kept under the guidance of the Spirit."
"Now, I solemnly tell all the world, your faith must know no limits. Its crown must be Divine Charity for all the world, for this is why I came and the way I showed you. There is no other way!"
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were conveyed appropriately on the Feast of Saint John Bosco on January 31, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord confirms that His Blessed Mother's messages to many of His chosen messengers is coming to an end throughout the world for the times are getting close to the fulfillment of all He has foretold and that we are living in the time when His Mother's Immaculate Heart shall triumph. That is why He calls all of us to be anchored to the pillars of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to His Immaculate Mother's Heart.
He prefaced these words four days earlier on January 27th with Message #585 calling us to nurture a devotion to His Divine Mercy and to be wary of the evil one who strives to thwart our journey to Heaven. For Messages #585 and #586, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
After his regular Wednesday Papal Audience, Pope arrives in the Valley of Aosta for well-deserved summer vacation
For Pope John Paul II it's finally time to relax and recoup for the next few weeks in the quietude of the foothills of the Northern Italian Alps. But before he arrived by plane and then copter in the village of Les Combes, the Holy Father addressed over 10,000 in Paul VI Hall speaking on the Mystery of Justice and Mercy and how the two reconcilie themselves in Divine Love. He continued with the theme of Divine Mercy and how God is calling us to ask for His Mercy. For more, click on last venue before relaxing
Mexico City's Cardinal calls for expediting canonization of Blessed Juan Diego as a gift to the people of the Americas
Following the announcement by the Vatican last week that Blessed Juan Diego, the visionary of Guadalupe will become a full-fledged saint, Mexico City's Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera is doing all he can to convince the Vatican to set a date soon, citing the significance of Juan Diego definitive association with the widespread devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe that is practiced by all Mexicans as well as peoples of North and South America. The Cardinal expressed his appreciation with the impending canonization of the Mexican martyrs as well, but singled out Juan Diego as an inspiration for the Indians of his land. For more, click on Blessed Juan Diego.
Eight-year civil war in Sierra Leone could be a thing of the past while in Ireland and East Timor peace is more fragile
Things are finally looking up in the West African country of Sierra Leone with the announcement of a peace pact between the government and rebels who have been warring for eight years while in Ireland, a peace pact that was signed over a year ago remained fragile as the Irish President warned that it would fall apart if the Sinn Fein faction was not included in the discussions, something British Prime Minister Tony Blair had sought. Meanwhile in East Timor tensions are building as a thousand more Indonesian Muslim troops were dispatched to the Catholic country which seeks independence peacefully. For more, click on war and peace.
Pontifical Councils speak out for the laity and fatherhood
The President of the Pontifical Council for Families Cardinal James Francis Stafford reiterated the laity's vital role in evangelization in the new millennium, offering as an example an Italian lay man who is up for canonization in the future Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati who took to the streets early in this century to tell others of Jesus long before radio, television and the web. Over the years respect for the role of the Father however has been slipping as the Pontifical Council for Family, headed by Cardinal Josef Tomko, revealed to L'Osservatore Romano this week. The Council has vowed to reemphasize the status and respect for fatherhood in families. For more, click on Pontifical Councils speak out.
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