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The special Sunday feasts are behind us as the Church heads full steam into that lengthy liturgical season known as Ordinary Time with the Tenth Monday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Tenth Tuesday as we begin a week of Ordinary Time that finishes up triumphantly with the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for today and tomorrow, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Installment one-hundred-six in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
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
Updated Daily Coverage of the Holy Father's Polish pilgrimage in THE POPE IN POLAND
Messages 545 and 546 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on June 8th.
DAILY LITURGY for the Tenth Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feast of Saint Ephrem of Syria, deacon and Doctor of the Church.
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And much more in our 110th issue for 1999!
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Cardinal Franz Konig, Archbishop emeritus of Vienna, remains one of the oldest red hats and the last elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John XXIII
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our sixty-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Franz Konig, the Archbishop emeritus of Vienna who will be 95 this August and has been retired for the past fifteen years. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John XXIII in the Consistory of December 15, 1958. For more on Cardinal Konig, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Message to the Americas:
The Laity are the hands and feet of the Mystical Body of Christ in the Path to Communion
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the fifteenth installment on Chapter Four: The Path to Communion - Lay Faithful and Renewal of the Church , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Tying in with the article in today's News about the increase in vocations, we must continue to pray that the vineyards will be full as we present a special Vocation Prayer below:
Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd. You know each of us and You call us by name to serve You in faith. Help us respond generously to Your voice. Give courage and guidance to those You call to the priesthood and the diaconate, to religious life and lay ministry, so they may respond wholeheartedly and serve devotedly. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Let the time be now when all reverence is given to Me in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I shall pierce your hearts with Divine Love so all may know My Truth."
Those powerful words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on September 18, 1994 and followed up four days later with Message 544. In both Jesus pulls no punches in assuring that changes are coming and He leaves it up to us which direction we can go. Man has a free will but Our Lord gives us what the alternatives are if we decide to opt for our own will over the Divine Will and it isn't something we should look forward to. On the other hand, to submit totally to God's Holy Will and be obedient to Him will bring rewards that cannot be measured. One of the requests Christ asks is to restore all reverence to Him in the Blessed Sacrament. For Messages #543 and #544 from the Sacred Heart, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 555 Pope Vigilius passed on to his eternal reward after ruling the Church for 18 years. He is most notable for convening the Fifth Ecumenical Council, better known as Constantinope Two in 553 in which the Three Chapters were condemned. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN: The natural order of God's creation
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".
"What God has imposed upon nature by law He intended we should impose upon ourselves in virtue of our free will. The waters and the clouds and the moutains and even the earth itself which spends itself in giving life to the seed - all of these rebuke the man who refuses to live for his fellowman."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Prayerful Preparations pave path for peace progress in the Balkans
Having documented the Vatican's progress for the past several months via various reliable Catholic News Services, we can see how the Holy See has carefully been praying and planning for this time when finally, hopefully there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and all parties can agree on dignified terms for all. The Pope is also prayerful that dialogue begun with the Orthodox Church can now continue unabated with peace possible in the Balkans. For more, click on Paving the way.
"Triple A" vocations spur hope for the Church in the new millennium
In the big three continents of Africa, Asia and America vocations are on the increase, giving hope for the future of the Roman Catholic Church. It is necessary for the number of religious, especially priests are declining as more die off, thus making it mandatory to replenish the ranks from the new recruits of seminarians. These figures were released by the Holy See Friday when they published the 1997 Statistic Yearbook which confirmed that Catholics now number over one billion strong, the largest religious organization in the world. For more, click on Statistics.
Pope may have to postpone Armenia trip in July because Apostolic Head is ill
While the Holy Father treks around Poland for these next two weeks it was learned that Illness could cause Pope John Paul II to cancel his trip to Armenia the first part of July. In a twist of irony, when so many in the media are always bringing up the health of the Holy Father, it is not his health but that of the Armenian Apostolic Head Catholicos Karekin I who is very sick. The Vatican has not confirmed it yet, but officials are less optimistic that the papal visit to this Far Easter Europe country on the Black Sea will take place. For more, click on Possible cancellation of Armenia trip .
Archbishop of Cali appeals to kidnapping rebels in Colombia to release the hostages
"It is not by committing injustice that justice is won" were part of the words Archbishop Isaias Duarte, head of the Cali Archdiocese in Colombia, South America, wrote in a letter directly to the rebel group known as the National Liberation Army who have kidnapped over 150 people, releasing well over half but continuing to hold over 40 people including 25 wrested away from a downed Avianca flight a while ago and 40 from the church in Cali including the pastor who was celebrating Sunday Mass at the time of the armed kidnapping. The Archbishop has already excommunicated the NLA group. For more, click on Appeal to the Kidnappers
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THE DAILY WORD
"Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in Heaven; for so did they persecute the prophets who were before you."
Matthew 5: 12