July 20, 1999

July 20, 1999

vol. 10, no. 135


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  • Today in Church History: TIME CAPSULES

  • Liturgy for Today and Tomorrow

  • CWN Catholic News Stories for today

  • Medjugorje Monthly Message and More

  • Countdown to the Jubilee

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          Today is the Sixteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Sixteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Religious Priest and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Lawrence, click on DAILY LITURGY.

    Events Today in Church History

         On this date one thousand four hundred and eighty five years ago, Pope Saint Hormidas, who was born in Frosinone within the city limits of Rome, became the 52nd successor of Peter succeeding Pope Saint Symmachus. It was during his nine year papacy that Saint Benedict, the "Father of Western Monasticism," founded the Benedictines and established the celebrated Monastery of Monte Cassino with the Pope present to consecrate it. It lasted for nearly a century and a half until allied bombs greatly damaged it beyond repair. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Coming WEDNESDAY

  • A review of this year's FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

  • Biography on Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida, the 77th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on July 21st.

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

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Sixteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Feast of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi plus Thursday's Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Disciple of the Lord.

  • ...and more in our 135th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
  • Three Days until we debut the countdown of the Top 100 Catholics of the 20th Century

          Readers can see the fruits of their voting efforts beginning this Friday when we debut our countdown with vignettes on the person chosen, beginning with number 100, then number 99 next Monday and so on daily leading up to the top ten Catholics who will be revealed in December. By the way, each of the top ten received at least 500 votes, with the top five receiving over a thousand. We had well over 23,000 total votes with nearly 730 different persons nominated.

    Catholic PewPoint helps put things in perspective and clear up the tunnels of confusion!

          This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the forty-six installments presently available for 1999, click on the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    Retroactive articles on Church history available from 1150 to 1515 A.D. for summer review

          This summer we present a review of the period from the time of Charlemagne and Pope Saint Stephen IV, the 97th successor of Peter in the early ninth century to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 25 through 106. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the eighty-one installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

    SIMPLY SHEEN: Prayer and Faith are God's answer!

          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".

    "Fellow creatures generally do not want our cares, for they have enough of their own. Only God is left to be solicitous of our cares. Throwing them upon Him is done in two ways: by prayers and by faith."

    "I solemnly tell all the world: Now is your Calvary; now is your suffering for My Name's sake."

          Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on February 24, 1995 at the beginning of Lent in which Jesus reminds us that Lent is for making sacrifice and accepting suffering for His Name's sake. By being conditioned to freely accepting our crosses, we will better be able to walk Calvary and withstand the slings and arrows that will be launched on those faithful to Him. His Blessed Mother prepares us in her message three days earlier that we need to dedicate our time of Lent and our entire lives to resolving to return to her Divine Son and bestow all reverence on Him, specifically His Presence in the Holy Eucharist and to be obedient to His teachings and His Church in order to increase our faith and asks us to pray for those whose hearts have become hardened. For Messages #593 and #594 from Mary and Jesus, 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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      Pope returns to regular schedule at the Vatican today after two week vacation, makes plans for Slovenia in September

           The Holy Father returned to Vatican City last night after a rewarding two week vacation in northwestern Italy where he showed signs of reinvigoration and resolve. He will address the faithful in St. Peter's Square today during the regular Wednesday Papal Audience and look forward to traveling to Slovenia to officiate at the beatification of that country's first candidate Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek from the 1800's. For more, click on Pope is back.

      Signs point to new Bishop of Arlington continuing policies of his predecessor Bishop Keating

            The first indication that Bishop Paul Loverde, the new Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, is intent on adopting the policies established by his predecessor Bishop John Keating became evident when he forbade a parish priest from allowing female altar servers in his parish. Though many consider it a matter of obedience rather than policy, it is a strong sign that he will continue Bishop Keating's conservative policies. Bishop Loverde was installed on March 25th this year after a year's vacancy following Bishop Keating's death during an ad limina visit to Rome in March of 1997. For more, click on Enforcing policy.

      Bishops cracking down on pornography and smut in films

            It's about time! It is not coincidental that following the release of such pornographic pics as "South Park" and "American Pie" plus other dogs this summer by Hollywood, the NCCB in cooperation with other faith councils, have released a video reminding the media of their obligation to discern art and entertainment from the filth and muck of pornography and gratuitous violence. On the video, available from NCCB, Baltimore's Cardinal William Keeler calls on the entertainment and information industry to take their responsibility seriously. For more, click on Crusade against smut.

      Vatican questions hubbub about Crusades in sifting out fact from fiction

            With the rash of various "Christian groups" apologizing for the so-called atrocities committed during the Crusades in the Middle Ages, the Vatican has deemed it necessary to step in and warn the faithful that many of these "apologies" are unauthorized and a ruse to place the blame on the Church while these factions wash their own hands by their words with no committment or proof to back it up. Like the Holocaust and Inquisition, the Church is a target for anti-Catholic bashing by confusing the facts and tainting the events to indicate the Church was totally in the wrong whereas the truth is that while there were some who did sin, as a whole, the Church has always remained staunch in defending human rights and the sanctity of life. For more, click on Crusade to clear up the Crusade criteria

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    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.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


    "And stretching forth His hand towards His disciples, He said, 'Behold My mother and My brethren! For whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.'"

    Matthew 12: 49-50
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 164 and counting, hoping and praying...

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