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Today is Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen, the loyal, devoted Disciple of the Lord - the prodigal sister, if you will who turned from vice to virtue and is held up by the Church as an excellent example of sinner turning saint. Tomorrow is the Sixteenth Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the mystic married woman and religious founder Saint Bridget of Sweden with tomorrow being the Fourteenth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.
- The Debut of the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
- 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 23rd through July 15th.
- DAILY LITURGY from Friday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 25th including the Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday's Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of Our Lady.
- Messages 599 and 600 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Jean Margeot of Mauritius in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- ...and much more in our 137th 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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One Day to the Countdown!
Readers can see the fruits of their voting efforts beginning tomorrow when we debut our countdown with vignettes on the person chosen, beginning with number 100, then number 99 on 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. Number 100 will be revealed tomorrow!
Love is a two-way street!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about the various degrees of love: self love, which puts self at the detriment of all else; worldly love which is blinded to what love truly is and too often buys into the trappings and glitz of the sexual emphasis without realizing what true love is; and love of God in which we submit our will to the Divine Will not because we don't love ourselves or take pleasure in legal, good emotions such as conjugal love, but because we realize by loving God all the other loves are placed in proper balance and only then can we experience true love as it is meant to be. He points out that the first two loves are the basis of radical groups who try to bypass the issue of love of God by saying God is love and would never punish us. But love is a two-way street and, though God loves each and every one of His creatures, He expects us to love Him in return, with our whole heart and our whole mind. It's as basic as to gain the happiness of Heaven we must know, love and serve God in this world. For Pat's column Three loves, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of all past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, this summer we present installments 1 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. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments 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 birth of two saints separated by over a century. First is Saint Philip Neri who 484 ago was born in Florence, Italy at the outset of the Protestant Reformation and went on to found the Oratorians in remaining true to the True Church. Secondly, 132 years later and 352 years ago Saint Margaret-Mary Alacoque was born in Burgundy, France. She eventually joined the Visitation Order of nuns and Jesus chose her to appear to to convey devotion to His Most Sacred Heart which ultimately led to the establishment of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of today's Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen we present the Preface for today's Mass:
You enkindled in her heart the fire of an ardent love for Christ that endowed her with freedom of spirit, and You infused in her the courage to follow Christ faithfully, even to Calvary. After His death on the cross, she sought her Master so zealously that she merited to meet the Risen Lord and to be the first to announce the Easter joy to the Apostles.
SIMPLY SHEEN: A slice of humble pie!
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".
"No one is humble who does not believe in God, and who does not recognize dependence on the Power that created him, the Love that redeemed him and the Spirit that sanctified him."
"Learn well the secret and power of the Cross, and walk in this Way, for I solemnly say unto all the world: Calvary awaits you and you shall not succeed in faith if you abandon the path of suffering."
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were imparted on March 10, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord beseeches His children to place all trust in Him and to take refuge in His Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of His Blessed Mother. Jesus cautions us not to be so concerned about future events or to worry for we have nothing to fear if we are His and resolve to live His Divine Will. He reminds us that He died on the cross for a reason and suffering is part and parcel of salvation. Our Lady prefaces her Divine Son's words three days earlier on March 7 by reminding us how satan is seeking to blot out the Light and to take God from us through legislation and belittling faith and virtue. She asks us to love and forgive and place all our trust in God. For Messages #597 and #598, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
After his regular Wednesday Papal Audience, Pope heads for Castel Gondolfo to get away from summer heat
One day back in the Vatican and it's time for His Holiness Pope John Paul II to head for the cooler climes of the hills outside Rome and the Holy See's summer residence at Castelgondolfo where he traditionally resides during the simmering summer days of late July and August. Before leaving he shared his thoughts on Heaven with the faithful who gathered in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father looked refreshed and invigorated after a two-week relaxing vacation in the Italian Alps in northwest Italy. For more, click on last venue before relaxing
Yes, Virginia, there is a hell as international Jesuit publication reaffirms
While there have been many liberal theologians, intellectuals and radical Christians who have questioned the existence of hell in these worldly times, the international Jesuit publication "Civilta Cattolica" is living up to the Jesuit pledge which their founder Saint Ignatius Loyola pledged in defending the Supreme Pontiff. The editorial staff of the publication have taken to task those who disagree, debunking their theories in defending John Paul II's writings that hell definitely exists. For more, click on Hell yes, there's a hell!.
Canonization process for visionary of Guadalupe progressing ahead of schedule
The more documents investigators and postulators for the cause of Blessed Juan Diego's canonization discover, the more they are convinced of his sanctity. The process is going quickly and the Archbishop Norberto Carrera Rivera is hopeful the Holy Father will canonize Juan Diego on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe either this year or next. For more, click on Blessed Juan Diego's cause.
Cardinal Bevilacqua brings Christ to the imprisoned, extending hope to the inmates in Pennsylvania
This is an appropriate story for the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen: Carrying out the Corporal Works of Mercy, specifically "To visit the imprisoned," the Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua recently addressed prison inmates at Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Prison, taking lunch with them and encouraged them to not give up but strive to be saints for saints are merely sinners who strive to be saints. He shared with them the inspirational Gospel story of Dismas the Good Thief who Jesus forgave on the cross. The cardinal reinforced his opposition to the death penalty and reassured the inmates that they are not forgotten and very special before God for their suffering can gain great graces. For more, click on Prison ministry .
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