July 23-25, 1999

July 23-25, 1999

vol. 10, no. 137


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          This weekend we commemorate Ordinary Time while also celebrating in order, the Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden a married woman and religious founder who was also a mystic and received 15 Promises from Heaven; the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday; the Feast of Saint James the Greater which is superseded by the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday's Feast of the parents of Our Lady Saint Joachim and Saint Anne. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY


          In honor of the Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in her honor:

    Lord our God, You revealed the secrets of Heaven to St. Bridget as she meditated on the suffering and death of Your Son. May Your people rejoice in the revelation of Your glory.

    Events this weekend in Church History

          Sunday we commemorate the death nineteen hundred and fifty-five years ago of the Apostle Saint James the Greater who died on July 25th, 44 A.D. It was James to whom the Blessed Mother made her first appearance to, being carried on a pillar by the angels to Zaragoza, Spain where James had gone to preach the Gospel. While we can make communications in milliseconds today, nearly two thousand years ago word took months to reach someone and thus Our Lady inaugurated instant communications by appearing to him requesting he return to Jerusalem for the Council. It was shortly after the Council of Jerusalem that he died. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


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      Holy Father tweaks thoughts on Heaven with his talk at Wednesday's Papal Audience

            Leave it to Pope John Paul II to get the media back on track by talking about the existence of Heaven...and hell for that matter, not by telling them to, but by speaking on it at his Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square this past Wednesday. His words have caused a flurry of questions from the fifth estate and no amount of advertising could bring more attention to the concept that is Heaven. For more, click on A Heavenly query

      Nebraska Bishops launch a crusade to "SAVE THE FARMS!"

            Led by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, shepherd of the Omaha Archdiocese, Nebraska's other two prelates Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln and Bishop Lawrence McNamara of Grand Island have joined him in bringing to the attention of officials and politicians the vital need to preserve the farmlands of the rich fertile soil of Nebraska, long a major contributor to the US and world as the breadbasket. The crusade to "Save the Farms" was prompted by many pastors in agricultural areas who understand the plight of the farmers. For more, click on Help for Huskers.

      Catholic Family Radio doubles its stations with seven more enabling it to reach over nine million more Catholics

            Catholic Family Radio, an alternative for Catholics to shut out the chaff of noise and clutter in other media outlets, now counts fourteen stations in its growing stable. The most recent acquisition by Catholic Radio Network President and CEO John Lynch will allow the network to reach over nine million more Catholics in New England and the Bay area. For more, click on CRN expands.

      Modern marvels of technology would bewilder the early Franciscans in Assisi

            It took years and years to etch and paint the magnificent frescoes on the ceilings and walls of the majestic Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and it took just minutes to destroy many of them in the devastating Umbrian earthquake two years ago. Now, with the help of modern technology and video projection, the images can be superimposed over the damaged ones in seconds. For more, click on marvels in Assisi.
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    If you think it's hot now, you can't cool off by allowing an ill wind to blow!

        In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, with tongue in cheek, reminisces about her high school days and tweaks our reality check not to complain too much about the hot weather during the summer for, in truth, we don't have a clue what "hot" really is and we doubt anyone would want to find out for Sister is referring to the scorching fires of hell where there is never relief. By submitting to the Will of God we have a built-in air-conditioner that kicks in and refreshes us with graces For her column this weekend, Hot enough for ya?? click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    SIMPLY SHEEN: Exemplify the virtues of your neighbor to enrich yourself in graces

        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".
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    Debut of the Top 100 Catholics! Ladies and Gentlemen, start your inquisitive engines!

         In this weekend's editorial, we share with the readers improvements made at the DAILY CATHOLIC and some background on the results of the much-anticipated debut of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY which we reveal today with the 100th choice to the right. Monday we will bring you the 99th choice, Tuesday the 98th choice and so on until we reach December and the Top Ten climaxing with the number one most influential Catholic of the century. For the commentary, Let the countdown begin!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    A Homegrown Evangelist: Pittsburgh's Bishop Donald is ranked 100th on the list of the Top 100 Catholics of the Century

       Today we introduce the long-anticipated countdown with the 100th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh who has enjoyed an excellent presence in the media via his teachings as author of the acclaimed catechetical series "The Teachings of Christ" that he shares with all. A native of Pittsburgh, Bishop Wuerl has returned home to guide over 800,000 in western Pennsylvania into the new millennium. For more on the 100th selection, click on BISHOP DONALD WUERL;

    Now Bishop emeritus of Mauritius, the Indian Ocean island's favorite son Cardinal Jean Margeot served his homeland well

         We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our seventy-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Jean Margeot , the retired Bishop of Port-Louis on the Isle of Mauritius east of Madagascar. Now 83, he in enjoying retirement in his native land. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II at the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Margeot, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Eyes Wide Shut should stay shut! Top Ten Films for Third Week of July

          The good news is that the new "Muppets from Space" movie made the top ten list this week and porn-oriented flicks "South Park" and "Austin Powers" completely dropped out of sight. The bad news is that "American Pie" is still there at number two and the "Big Daddy" at number four. Worst news is the fact that the slease-filled art film considered the swan song of deceased director Stanley Kubrick entitled "Eyes Wide Shut" topped the charts last week in its debut week. Another newcomer "Lake Placid" finished third with former champ "Wild Wild West" dropping to fifth followed by yet another new film "The Wood" in sixth. "Tarzan" was next at seventh followed by the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace"and "The General's Daughter" with the Muppet flick bringing up the rear probably because it was rated "G" and is wholesome fare sadly prompting many to stay away. That's a shame. While the reviews by the NCCB are very good, we have discovered another site which will give you a much more detailed survey of what to watch out for. Just click on Christian Analysis of Culture Alert. For the Top Ten reviews for the third week of July prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

    "In relation to neighbor, we look for the best that is in him, and for the worst that is in ourselves. This enables us to purge ourselves of our faults and to imitate the good qualities of our neighbor."

    "Weep only because you seek Me, and let it be known to all the world that in these end times I weep."

          Those words above come from Our Lord in Message #600 on March 18, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus seeks those who reject Him and reiterates the need to shun the world and overcome temporal sorrows for only by submitting to His Divine Will and taking up our cross enthusiastically will we overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. If we tarry on this, our temporal sorrows will only intensify and capsize us in the fast-flowing "River of Sorrow" as Our Lord reminds us in His previous message four days earlier. For Messages 598 and 600, 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

    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


    Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

    "So it will be at the end of the world. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from among the just, and will cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping, and the gnashing of teeth."

    Matthew 13: 49-50

    July 23-25, 1999       volume 10, no. 137

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