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Today is Feast of Saint Martha, the loyal, devoted Disciple of the Lord. Tomorrow is the Seventeenth Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of today's Feast of Saint Martha we present the Preface for today's Mass:
It is truly right and just to exalt You, O God of Infinite Mercy, as we honor with fitting praise Christ, the King of the universe, on the feast of St. Martha, who was happy to welcome Him into her house and served Him with devotion and loving zeal. By the generosity of her heart she obtained the resurrection of her brother Lazarus, who was four days dead, and she merited to be united for all eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven with Him Whom she had received as a guest.
- The 95th selection 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 30th through August 1st.
- DAILY LITURGY from Friday, July 20th through Monday, August 2nd, including the Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus on Friday, the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola on Saturday, the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday's Feast of Saint Eusebius along with the Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time.
- Messages 609 and 610 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, O.S.B. of Germany in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- ...and much more in our 142nd issue for 1999!
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Dolores Hope: embodying the Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity
Today we bring you the 96th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Dolores Hope, wedded for 65 years to legendary icon Bob Hope. She was chosen because of her undying faith in God and her fiat to emulate the Blessed Virgin Mary as a devoted wife and mother in doing all she can to live the Gospel and personify the passage in Luke 12: 48, "But of everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and of him to whom they have entrusted much, they will demand the more.". She has lived up to Christ's words in giving so much back to mankind through her active philanthropy and living her Catholic Faith. For more on the 96th selection, click on DOLORES HOPE
The Doctrine "No salvation outside the Church" still stands!
writes about the clamoring by so many non-Catholics and modernist Catholics for the Church to alter its stance towards others in order to reach unity in the ecumenical spirit of Vatican II. That is the key word - the "spirit of Vatican II" for the Vatican II documents in no place advocate compromising the faith for the sake of bringing the various denominations together. Pat points out that the doctrine of "No salvation outside the Church" still stands though the liberals have watered it down to where many of the faithful believe it doesn't exist anymore. He re-educates them in his column today in response to an e-mail from a Seven-day Adventist who asked what is the Church going to do about coming in line with them. Duh! That misinformed gentleman has got it all wrong and Pat deftly illustrates the error in his column today. For Pat's column The Church, Adventists, and Ecumenism, 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 death of two Popes both named Urban. One died in 1099 and as the Frenchman Pope Saint Urban II, the 159th successor of Peter, is remembered for organizing the First Crusade and inaugurating the "Truce of God" for all foes to abstain from fighting when it was time to bury the fatally wounded. The other, the 235th in the line of Peter was Pope Urban VIII who died 545 years later in 1644 and during his 22-year pontificate is best remembered as the Pontiff who condemned Galileo Galilei. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN: Saved at the refreshing well of salvation!
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".
"There is something good in everything. Evil has no capital of its own; it lives in goodness as a parasite. But loving the partial goodness in others we bring them more quickly to the circle of Goodness which is God. This was the tactic of Our Lord when He spoke to an adulteress at the well. There was nothing in common between His Divine Goodness and her sinful life, except a love of a drink of cold water. So He started there...and led her on to a declaration that He was Love and Savior of the world."
"Will you also turn your humble, contrite hearts into an angry fist filled with pride from a hardened heart, and instead of loving obedience, scourge Me and crucify Me with your pride and disobedience?"
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were imparted on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord asks His children which way they will turn. He beseeches us to take refuge in His Sacred and Merciful Heart but only through the Sacrament of Reconciliation can we find true peace of mind and soul. He prefaces these words in His Message two days earlier in which Jesus asks us to stay the course in our dedication to prayer and penance and help atone for the hardened hearts who turn away from Him. He reminds all that all will be fulfilled as Sacred Scripture foretells but not to look for when for in doing so we miss the whole point of the Messages and His graces and Mercy that He wants to pour forth on all His children. For Messages #607 and #608, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Pope says, don't blame God for hell, man created it through his own free will by saying "no" to God.
Holding his first Wednesday Papal Audience at Castelgondolfo for the summer, Pope John Paul II followed up his previous talk last Wednesday on Heaven by discussing the existence of hell and emphasizing that the devastating unspeakable horrors of hell are mostly the lack of God and living forever with knowing that they will never, ever be with Him. The Holy Father spoke of the existence of satan and his legions who, as fallen angels, fall into the category of "misery loves company" and want to make us miserable forever, living in everlasting regret. That is why how we live in this life and excercize our free will is so vital to the next. For more, click on Hell is Godless!
Holy Father invites 18 women to participate in European Synod of Bishops in October
Seeking a balanced representation of the faithful of the continent, Pope John Paul II has appointed eighteen women from religious life and the laity to participate in the European Synod which will begin in October at the Holy See. Some will be active as experts while others will be merely observers. One of the auditors will be the founder of the Focalare Movement, Chiara Lubich. For more, click on Working Women at the Synod.
Government of India could stand in the way of Papal Visit there
Local Church officials in India who have been trying to pave the way for the Holy Father to visit their land during his trip to close the Asian Synod, are growing more pessimistic as they run up against roadblock after roadblock from the Indian Government which has shown an anti-Christian penchant over the past several years. The biggest culprit is the Bharatiya Janata
Party which is afraid of being exposed if the Pope does visit. For more, click on Chances of India hosting Pope are diminishing.
Presidential candidate Steve Forbes pledges to appoint Judges holding "belief in the sanctity of life."
Stating that the Roe vs. Wade days of legalized abortion are numbered, Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes pledged to appoint pro-life judges, not being ashamed to use their views on abortion and morals as a strong litmus test in his promised attempts to return America to God and turn things around in this country. He correctly traces the origin of America's moral decline when the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision made abortion legal. He sees the pendulum swinging back toward a more conservative, responsible mode among the American people. For more, click on Pro-life Supreme Court .
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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE