DAILY CATHOLIC for 

June 1, 1999

June 1, 1999   vol. 10, no. 105

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Saint Justin, martyr

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DAY 70: Please continue your prayers for those embroiled in the bitter intensified war in the Balkans on both sides, especially the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of hate and deception.

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"You are in the time of chaos; chaos which seeks to rend asunder all the prayer groups, cenacles and devout, holy communities which I have asked for through My Mother."

      Those words were spoken by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #536 on September 1, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, in which Our Lord laments at how so many have succumbed to the world and given up on prayer, defeating by their refusal, His Blessed Mother's intent to unify her prayer groups and cenacles as well as other reverent groups who seek to do God's Will. In this spiritual darkness Jesus asks us to be like "a magnificent diamond which catches the light and illuminates all around it." A few days prior to her Divine Son's Message, Our Lady conveyed Message #535 in which she also decried the apathetic state many of her little ones had fallen into and the pathetic way they were treating the truths of her Son, scoffing at His Will by flaunting their own will which only hampers and delays the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. For Messages #535 and #536, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Coming WEDNESDAY

  • Part Thirteen of 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER.

  • June Gems reflect rich FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

  • Biography on Cardinal Stephen KIM Sou-hwan , the 60th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on June 2nd.

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

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Ninth Wednesday of Ordinary Time and Feast of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs and Thursday's Feast of the martyr Saint Charles Lwanga and his companion martyrs.

  • ...and much more in our 106th issue for 1999!

At last the LAST SUPPER is revealed as a lasting tribute to Our Lord and the master painter Leonardo da Vinci

      After nearly 20 years of experts chipping, dabbing, touching up and scrubbing the giant fresco in the church refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy the scaffolds and been taken down and the masterpiece is once again available for limited viewing by appointment only. Even though it was hailed as a masterpiece the moment Da Vinci completed it in 1498, it began to flake and peel almost immediately due to dampness of the outside wall adjoining the refectory wall. For more on this wondrous mural, click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES.

The de Medici child prodigy is groomed to become Pope Leo X as his handlers send a boy to do a man's job

      The death of Pope Julius II paved the way for the resurgence of the powerful de Medici family of Florence and their favorite son Giovanni de Medici who would become the 217th successor of Peter as Pope Leo X. But sadly rather than strengthening the Church his inexperience as a ruler and lack of spiritual leadership would prove to be his achilles heel that would bring many in the Church crumbling, unable to cope with the growing dissension that was soon to erupt in total revolt during the bloody Protestant Reformation. Today we begin the first of several installments on this pope and those dire times. For the one-hundred-fifth installment titled Pope Leo X: no match for the world, the flesh and the devil part one: Renaissance child, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

DAILY LITURGY

      Today, the first day of June, is the Feast of Saint Justin, martyr while tomorrow the Church commemorates two more martyrs - Saint Marcellinus, priest and Saint Peter, exorcist and not to be confused with the Apostle Peter. Wednesday is also the ninth Wednesay in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      In honor of the feast of Saint Justin, we present the Preface for the Mass:

In the early days of Your Church You chose Justin the martyr so that by his writings he could expound to Jews and pagans the mysteries of the prophets and the teaching of the apostles. Fearlessly he defended the gospel of Christ before the rulers. He faithfully completed his ministry, after bearing witness to You before the people, and You gave him the privilege of shedding his bollod in order to receive the crown of eternal glory in the luminous company of martyrs.


SIMPLY SHEEN:

Patience is a virtue!

      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".

"Those who are patient under trial are those who are most capable of consoling others; those who are rebellious under crosses can never bring comfort to the afflicted."


Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1215 Pope Innocent III opened the Twelfth Ecumenical Council, better known as Lateran IV in which the Council Fathers enacted reforms, repeated the condemnation of the Albigenses heresy, issued decrees on receiving Holy Communion annually and planned the Fifth Crusade. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency

HEADLINES:

    Pope laments Balkan War, calls it "defeat of humanity" during thousand year celebration ceremonies in Ancona Sunday

          This Holy Father spent Trinity Sunday in Ancona, Italy on the Adriatic coast and turned his attention eastward across the sea to the Balkan states where war has been waged in the former Yugoslavia throughout this decade. The Pope concluded that the only way to peace is through "conversion, pardon and reconciliation." For more, click on Angst in Ancona

    Pope's Polish pilgrimage packed with promise and record number of beatifications

          When Pope John Paul II returns for the eighth and possibly final time to his native homeland for a grueling two week tour, he will participate in an unprecedented massive beatification of close to 115 including three bishops and 96 religious and nine lay people all imprisoned by the Nazis for their faith and martyred in the terrible concentration camps. On the final day of his visit he will canonize Blessed Cunegunde a thirteenth century noble woman who played a major role in introducing the Franciscan friars to Poland. For more, click on Record number of beatifications.

    Hello out there! Is anybody listening? How many really want peace in the Balkans?

          In one of the Holy See's strongest statements to date, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano pulled no punches in a televised address aimed at Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic directly in condemning the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and that the longer this continues, the harder it is for all parties to reconcile and for the refugees to return to their native land. For more, click on Peace please!.

    Auschwitz cross controversy comes to end just in time for papal visit next week

          In a bizarre series of events the Polish government aided by the Polish bishops and clergy members moved in and stopped the ridiculous nonsense spouted by one of the radicals who had threatened to blow himself up along with over 300 makeshift crosses that were planted outside Auschwitz to honor the fallen Christian martyrs at the same place a special cross had been erected to commemorate the Holy Father's last visit there. Now with his visit less than a week away it was time to end the nonsense and bring things into normalcy for the Pope's visit next week. For more, click on Closure to Auschwitz controversy.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the features, dossiers and Daily Dispatches at ZENIT International News Agency. CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Also today I call you to convert and to more firmly believe in God. Children, you seek peace and pray in different ways, but you have not yet given your hearts to God for Him to fill them with His love. So, I am with you to teach you and to bring you closer to the love of God. If you love God above all else, it will be easy for you to pray and to open your hearts to Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

The DAILY WORD

"Render, therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Mark 12: 17

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SITE OF THE DAY

    Just as we featured the Shroud of Turin last Tuesday, today we feature another classic. It's not necessarily a specific site of the day as much as a detailed close-up of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Last Supper which, after twenty years of rennovation process, is now available for viewing by invitation only. With this web-site one can view it without an invitation, but the painting is depicted before the colorful restoration process began. Just click on LEONARDO DA VINCI'S LAST SUPPER and see it up close and personal without ever stepping foot in Milan, Italy. Ah, the wonders of the web.
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 212 and counting, hoping and praying...

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