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SECOND WEEK OF JULY LITURGY
During this week we celebrate the feasts of Saint Benedict (even though it is superceded by Sunday's Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time), Saint Henry, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, and Saint Bonaventure along with the pivotal feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we present a Novena Prayer that carries an indulgence of 300 days. S. Pen., decreed on October 16, 1936:
O Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel, grant that we may share in all the prayers and penances of your holy cloistered daughters of the Carmelite Order. Bless their labors and pray that they may be a source of spiritual strength to all of us who struggle in the world outside their peaceful walls. O Mary, who entered the world free from stain, obtain for us from God that we may pass out of it free from sin.
Events this weekend in Church History
While many events in Church annals occurred over this second week of July, one of the more important happened 429 years ago on Wednesday when Pope Saint Pius V released the new Tridentine Missal for all Catholics as a result of the decrees of the eighteen-year Council of Trent which totally reformed the Church and brought it back to the orthodoxy intended. These rubrics and liturgy lasted until 1964 when most of it was thrown out in favor of the new Mass or Novus Ordo which has had more than its share of problems as Cardinal Ratzinger has stated. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history for the second week of July, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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When we fail to forgive and forget we can get zapped into being pathetic pachyderms!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto addresses the fact that we all experience injustices sometimes in life and we need to understand why God allows transgressions against us. When we comprehend the Divine Will in all of this it makes it much easier to forgive and pray for those who trespass against us. She acknowledges that we don't have to forget for forgetting is often the most difficult thing to do. But if we don't forgive and forget we basically become pathetic pachyderms trudging through life carrying that extra baggage on our backs and our trunks dragging! For her column this weekend, How to handle injustices click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
When it comes to vocations the only crisis is a matter of faith!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes one of his best columns ever as he addresses a misconception that there is a crisis of vocations. He syllogistically points out, with excellent references from Cardinal John O'Connor and Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha, among others, how this is all a smokescreen to cover up the ineptness and disobedience of the radical left. He proves without a shadow of doubt that the so-called crisis of vocations is something concocted by liberals to push their own agenda in hopes they can swell the ranks with dissident priests and nuns who will bend the rules and effect the new "American Church" as they see fit, not God. The truth is there is no crisis because those dioceses and orders who are loyal to the doctrines and dogmas of Holy Mother Church and are obedient to the Vicar of Christ are still flourishing but you won't hear the good news from the doom and gloom media brigade or the modernists intent on denigrating the orthodoxy of Catholicism. For Pat's column A man-made crisis, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
SIMPLY SHEEN: Without God's truths we are haunted!
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".
"Christian truths, when they are rejected and denied, have a way of coming back like ghosts to haunt us. Take for example the notion of hell. After having denied it on the outside, hell moved to the inside, as modern man battles with the specters and ghosts and devils in his subconscious mind."
"I solemnly tell you, little ones of My Most Sacred Heart, that if you are truly humble, little children as I created you to be, then many chastisements shall be mitigated in the name of Divine Mercy, and upon all the world My Divine Mercy shall overflow, sealing My faithful remnant in My Most Precious Blood."
Those words above come from Our Lord in Message #590 on the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani on February 8, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus reiterates the need to ask for His Mercy for satan will hold nothing back in the assault on souls, turning many against each other through half truths. Jesus reaffirms that much of the chastisement will be mitigated and His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart will triumph and the face of the earth be renewed if we but ask for His Mercy and live in the Divine Will. The Blessed Virgin Mary prefaces her Divine Son's words four days earlier on February 4th with the assurance of all Jesus says and calls on all her children to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist and remain loyal to Him and His Church. For Messages 589 and 590, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Time for our annual summer hiatus to retool and refresh!
In this weekend's editorial, we coincide vacation time for the staff of the DAILY CATHOLIC with the Holy Father's well-deserved time off. While the publication is on hiatus for a week, it will not be all fun and games for it will be a "working vacation" for the editor as he updates all of the archives to make it easier to review past articles of each category for all features and columns as well as revamping and streamlining the publication to make it easier to peruse the publication while increasing the news content daily. In addition, the time off will afford an opportunity to also streamline and add all those who have requested links in our Ports o' Call links section.
For the commentary, The time has come to rest, reflect, retool and refuel!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Vicar of Christ Speaks! His Message to the Americas: Overcome the cancer of corruption in your society
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twentieth installment on Chapter Five: The Path to Solidarity - The Fight against Corruption , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
The Archbishop of Krakow Cardinal Franciscek Macharski has always followed Pope John Paul II...literally!
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our seventy-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Franciscek Macharski , who succeeded Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as head of Poland's largest see and has been Archbishop of Krakow since Karol became Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Macharski, a close friend of the Holy Father's, was elevated to the cardinalate at the Pope's first Consistory of June 30, 1979. For more on Cardinal Macharski, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
A wild wild ride west tops July 4th holiday box office: Top Ten Films for First Week of July
Finally a respectable, fun-filled escapist film "Wild Wild West" wrested the top spot at the box office after fears that scatological movies like "Big Daddy" and "South Park" would score big. Thanks to the drawing power of Will Smith who has made a habit of starring in blockbusters over the Fourth of July, the take-off on the old television series easily outpaced Adam Sandler's film. Smith star-power has pulled down big ratings with previous Independence Day releases such as "Independence Day" and "Men in Black" as well as last year's taut thriller "Enemy of the State". "Tarzan" held on to third while one of the worst movies ever made "South Park - the Movie" just beat out the "The General's Daughter" for fourth. The megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" continued to slip, dropping to sixth ahead of "Austin Powers - The Spy who..." and newcomer "Summer of Sam", a Spike Lee vehicle that denigrates Italian Catholics. "Notting Hill" and "An Ideal Husband" finished 9th and 10th respectively. For the Top Ten reviews for the final week of June prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
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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