June 2, 1999
June 2, 1999

vol. 10, no. 106


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    DAY 71: 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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      Today is the Feast of the martyrs Saint Marcellinus, priest, and Saint Peter, exorcist with the Ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Feast of more martyrs - Saint Charles Lwanga, Catechist and his companions. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on the above saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.


"But as to the dead rising, have you not read in the book of Moses about the Bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."

Mark 12: 26-27

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1835, a young Italian named Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was born to a village postman and a seamstress in Upper Venetia, Italy. He would go on to become the holy Pope Saint Pius X, 257th successor of Peter and the Pope who made Holy Communion available to all, especially children from seven years of age up. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Coming Tomorrow

  • One-hundred-third installment of our on-going feature series on the Church today with WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

  • A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on June 3rd.

  • Messages 539 and 540 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Charles Lwanga and his martyred companions and the Ninth Friday in Ordinary Time and First Friday.

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

  • ...and much more in our 107th issue for 1999!
  • The Church and Europe enter the "Dark Ages"

          We continue with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you the second half of the fifth century as the Church and the Fall of the Roman Empire as the hordes invade all of Europe and the continent is plunged into the "Dark Ages" guided only by the light of faith kept glowing by the holy Popes of this time and the few saints God rose up to be beacons of shining light for the populace. For Installment thirteen, click on BARQUE OF PETER

    South Korea's Cardinal Stephen Sou-Hwan Kim became the youngest cardinal in the Sacred Conclave when appointed by Paul VI in 1969

          Today we feature our sixtieth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 77 year-old Korean prelate and recently retired Archbishop of Seoul, Korea after nearly thirty years in that office as the youngest member of the College of Cardinals at the time of his elevation to the cardinalate in Pope Paul VI's Consistory of April 28, 1969. It was a year to the day after he had been installed as Seoul's archbishop. For more on this Korean Prince of the Church, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Dazzling diamonds in the rough for June Gems

          With graduation and prom nights here, we kick off the June Appeteasers with a short poem reminding us not to rush through life but stop and smell the roses and enjoy the slow dance in life's prom. For those who want a more lively number, we present an encore of more moronic oxymorons. For these first two short Appeteasers for June, click on JUNE GEMS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

    Idleness leads to atrophyl

          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".

    "It is true there is a diversity of talents, some being given ten, others five, and others only one; but condemnation in the gospel is meted out only to him who does not make returns on his gift. This is because we are not merely receptive beings; we are also active. A lake, unless the living waters flow through it, becomes stagnant and putrid like the Dead Sea."

    "Behold, I give you My Mother in these end times! She comes with all Motherly love to prepare you for these times, which will be more turbulent than any time in the history of man."

          Those words come from Our Lord on the Feast of Pope Saint Pius V on September 3, 1994 in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #538 the realities of why He has sent His very Own Blessed Mother and the Almighty's sadness at man's overall rejection of Our Lady and God's Will. He tells of the travails of His chosen ones whose words fall on deaf ears just as in earlier scriptural times when the people refused to hear the word of God. His Blessed Mother follows up three days later with Message #538, reinforcing her Divine Son's words and warning her little ones of satan's lies and deceits. For Messages #537 and #538, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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      Holy Father dispatches envoys to Balkans on "Journey of Prayer for Peace" for Feast of Corpus Christi

            As NATO continues the bombing and the Serbs continue the denial, the Holy See is making one last effort to effect peace in the devastated former Yugoslavia region as the Pope sends papal envoys to Belgrade, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania to rally the faithful to become a chorus of prayer to Heaven that will effect a miracle and bring about a peace that looks so remote on a human scale. They are also bringing to the Balkans a special message from the Holy Father. For more, click on Journey of Prayer for Peace.

      Talk about giving to others! Umbrian Earthquake victims forget their own problems to reach out to Kosovo refugees

            Everyone can take a lesson from the selfless people of Foligno in the Umbrian region of Italy near Assisi. For over two years they have been struggling to rebuild after the devastating damage done there in the Fall of 1997. Just when they have raised enough to cover their costs, they go and give it away to someone who needs it more: the Kosovo refugees. Truly the Spirit of Saint Francis lives stronger than ever in the region that gave us this holy Franciscan saint. For more, click on Umbrian umbrella of charity.

      No different in Iraq than in Balkans asserts Chaldean Catholic leader as he decries constant bombings

            While Saddam Hussein continues to mock the United States, the Iraqi people suffer constantly from the daily bombing missions carried out by allied bombers. Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid, in a special interview with FIDES News Service, lamented the incessant bombing and affirmed that it is not deterring Hussein but is greatly harming the innocent people of Iraq just as the NATO bombing is not deterring Slobodan Milosevic but greatly hurting the innocent people of the Balkans. For the Patriarch's remarks about this and the Pope's possible visit, click on Chaldean interview .

      Shock and outrage from Church and Civic officials over abduction in Cali, Colombia of 100 from Sunday Mass

            The Vatican wasted no time in condemning the kidnapping of over 120 Colombian faithful from a church during the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The abduction was done by about 30 heavily armed members of the National Liberation Army, a group intent on kidnapping wealthy hostages to hold for ransom in financing their operations. The President of the Colombian Bishops Conference has strongly suggested excommunication for the rebels if they do not release all the hostages immediately, including the parish priest who was saying Mass at the time of the attack. For more, see Colombian kidnapping

    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

      To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.


       Today we present another site tied in with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate just as we brought you last week. Today's is extremely helpful for the Weekly Liturgy. For meditative inspiration, click on Year A. The site is called the WORD OF GOD and maintained by Father John Mole, OMI out of Ottawa, Canada.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 211 and counting, hoping and praying...

    June 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 106

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