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One-hundred-fourth installment of our on-going feature series on the Church today with WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Today is the Tenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Ephrem of Syria, Deacon and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow is the Tenth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on St. Ephrem, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER AND DEVOTION
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer honoring Saint Ephrem of Syria:
Lord, in Your love fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit, Who inspired the deacon Ephrem to sing the praise of Your mysteries and gave him strength to serve You alone.
Events Today in Church History
On this date a year ago, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, former Vatican Secretary of State and the man who came to be known as "Monsignor Perestroika" for his establishing and furthering dialogue with communist leaders in Eastern Europe. After serving under four popes, he capped a brilliant career of service by setting up the historic meeting between the Holy Father and Soviet head Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1989 at the Vatican. It was less than two years later that Communism would fall totally. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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 10th.
Messages 549 and 550 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Tenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and Friday's Feast of the SACRED HEART OF JESUS.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and much more in our 112th issue for 1999!
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Daily Coverage of the Pope's visit home
In our continuing coverage of the Holy Father's historic eighth return to his native homeland and the longest singular trip in his twenty-year pontificate, we present a special section providing the latest in-depth stories on the Pope's papal pilgrimage from the major Catholic news services covering the Vicar of Christ. For more, click on THE POPE IN POLAND
A monk by any other name would not be a Benedictine
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 first half of the sixth century covering the time of Saint Benedict and the expansion of the Roman Catholic Church as Constantinople tries to muscle in on the Holy See's authority but the successors of Peter persevere. For Installment fourteen, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Cardinal Jan Chryzostom Korec's half century of perseverance pays off with the fall of communism and the emergence of dedicated Prince of the Church
Today we feature our sixty-third red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 75 year-old Slovakian prelate Cardinal Jan Chryzostom Korec, S.J. who spent nearly half of his life under Communist suppression. Arrested twice for his faith, he was a bishop in secret for 39 years. When Communism fell in Eastern Europe it opened the door for his bishopric to become public knowledge and the many years of hardship in hardlabor paid off with him being chosen for the cardinalate in the Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on this Prince of the Church from Slovakia, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
More dazzling diamonds in the rough for June Gems
More and more senior citizens are taking up the web information highway and that includes our grandparents, prompting a little ditty called "Grandma's an old microsofty!" as well as a thesaurus of information in "Word Origins" which might surprise you how some phrases came to be. For these first two short Appeteasers for June, click on JUNE GEMS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
SIMPLY SHEEN: Cashing in dividends for Heaven
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".
"A traveler in a foreign country exchanges his own currency for that of the other land. So too the wealth we have here can be exchanged for spiritual wealth in the next world where 'neither moth nor rust destroy, and where thieves neither break in nor steal' (Matthew 6: 20)."
"I ask you to say daily the prayer to your guardian angel and to St. Michael, for in this way My Holy Mother's Immaculate Heart shall triumph sooner."
Those words come from Our Lord on the Feast of the Archangels Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael on September 29, 1994 in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #547 the importance of the angels' role in helping expedite the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart, especially his chief lieutenant Michael. Our Lord follows this up three days later with Message #548 on the Feast of the Holy Angels reinforcing the integral part the angels play and how we need to be more aware of their power and call upon them for their intercession and help for God has sent them specifically for that reason to be always at our side. For Messages #547 and #548, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Serbs, Russians want NATO to back off, allow UN to take charge as latter holds key to either peace progress or impasse
With Russian and Serb military leaders affirming they would not serve under NATO command, wiser heads have called for the UN to take charge of overseeing troops at the border to please all parties just as the Holy Father first suggested and conveyed to Kofi Annan late last week. The security council is weighing the options even as NATO continues the bombing which is not endearing the people of the Balkans to them. For more, click on UN holds key to progress or impasse?.
Innocent Iraqi people suffer senseless strafing meant for Saddam
Proving what the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid had claimed that the United States military force continues to strafe the Iraqi people while the world focuses on the Balkans, it was confirmed on Tuesday that American Bombers hit several targets which sadly is not hurting Saddam Hussein but the innocent Iraqi people. For more, click on Iraqi people feeling blunt of bombing.
New document places women's cloistered congregations under jurisdiction of the Holy See
A special document on religious, cloistered and contemplative life for women religious has been released by Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In the document titled "Verbi Sponsa" which means "Bride of the Word," the Holy See sets down parameters for cloistered orders in dealing with the new millennium as well as addressing safeguards against modern technology in regard the contemplative life. For more, click on Verbi Sponsa .
Guadalajara's Archbishop Cardinal Sandoval recuperating after surgery
It was revealed Tuesday that sixty-six year-old Cardinal Juan Sandoval I˝iguez was recuperating from surgery for intestinal thrombosis that had to be taken care of because of lymphatic clots. The five-year archbishop of this city a couple hundred miles northwest of Mexico City is resting in Santa Margarita hospital and is expected to make a full recovery reasonably soon. For more, see Cardinal recovering
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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
"Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen, I say to you, till Heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished."
Matthew 5: 17-18