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Feast of the Sacred Heart and Feast of the Immaculate Heart
Friday is the the Feast of the SACRED HEART OF JESUS followed Saturday by the Feast of the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY followed by the Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time which this year supercedes the traditional Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua on June 13. For the liturgy, readings, meditation and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS and the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
In honor of the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday and the Feast of the the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday, we present the special consecration. Click on CONSECRATION.
Events this weekend in Church History
June 11th was a significant date throughout Church history beginning with Saint Barnabas who died on this date in 60 A.D.; then in 1509 it was the happy occasion of the marriage between Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII who would be named "Defender of the Church" but satan would infiltrate the British throne and things would go terribly wrong as Henry would bolt and throw the Church in England into the throes of schism that remains to this day. On this date in 1997, Pope John Paul II said goodbye to his beloved homeland and returned to Rome. Now, two years later he is in the midst of what he has confirmed is quite possibly his last trip home. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Pope pleased in Poland with peace pact, but there are still problems to be solved
The Holy Father, who has been intricately involved in bringing about peace for many months expressed gratitude that something had finally been accomplished and remains cautiously optimistic and prayerful. Meanwhile, the director of Vatican Radio who was traveling with the Pope in Poland, was more opinionated claiming the Serbian people have one responsibility left: to deal with Slobodan Milosevic. For more, click on Pope's reaction to peace
Colombian rebels reported ready to release hostages this weekend
The Cuban-backed National Liberation Army guerrillas of Colombia have announced they will finally release 77 hostages with Bucaramanga's Bishop Victor Lopez officiating the release in San Antonio, Colombia with various officials from foreign countries as well as Colombia's president observing. This comes on the heels of rebel leader Gabino personally meeting with Vatican officials last week and promising their release. For more, click on Release of hostages.
Arab Muslims attack Christian mayor in Nazareth
Can any good come out of Nazareth? One might not think so in light of the recent mugging by Muslims of the Christian mayor of the town of Jesus' heritage - Nazareth in Israel. It was a further incident of the tensions building up between Islam followers and Christians in the Holy Land. The Muslims gained control politically last November and the Christian mayor Ramez Jeraisi has been lowkeying things to offset the mounting tension and unrest. For more, click on Muslim mugging.
Value of Sports is unrealistic money-wise according to report from L'Osservatore Romano
Concerned over the escalating costs of salaries for sports franchises and player salaries in the scope of monetary values and family values today, the Holy See has expressed grave concern over the imbalance of athletics vs. the values of life. They made these statements in light of runnaway salaries that provide no value to society. And this is just in Italy, imagine what they would say about the American structure of professional sports and such poverty stricken people like Kevin Brown who is receiving $113 million for seven years just for pitching a baseball every four or five days. His owner, media mogul Rupert Murdoch was rejected in his bid to buy the Manchester United Soccer Club. His bid: One billion dollars! And that was turned down! No wonder the Vatican is concerned, we all should be. For more, click on out of touch with reality.
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Polish missionary Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, S.J. became the oldest cardinal of the new group elevated at the last Consistory of the millennium last year
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-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, S.J., Polish Missionary to Zambia who as served that region for 50 years after serving time in Auchwitz and Dachau during the war He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal Kozlowiecki, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"The Hour of great Mercy has been ordained from all eternity and now the moment comes. But are you ready?"
That pertinent question comes from Our Lord in Message #551 on October 10, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus alerts His children that the time of reckoning, the time of purification is near and asks if we are prepared. If we have followed His will and listened to His Mother's messages we will be. Speaking of the Blessed Mother, she imparts to the Hidden Flower on the 77th anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima the importance of heeding her Divine Son's words and reiterating the need to pray and obey so her words at Fatima can be brought to fulfillment. For Messages 551 and 552, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Peace depends on how well we've learned from history
In this weekend's editorial we continue our take on Peace in the Balkans as we are reminded of what Heaven has said and the causes and effects of the ethnic factions in the Balkans over the past two-thousand years. We alert those who might have a polyanna perspective of the situation in Kosovo that this peace is very, very brittle and just signing a piece of paper will not assure peace. For why this is true, as documented in this weekend's commentary, Beware of the False Peace! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
There can be only one peace process: Prayer!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto addresses what's on everyone's hearts and lips - the Peace pact signed late this week in the Balkans. While Sister would like to be optimistic, she lists reasons why we should be very, very cautious in basically an extension of the editorial above, calling on all to invoke the dove of Peace - the Holy Spirit Who is the only One Who can make it a lasting Peace. For her column this weekend, Is the Peace real? click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Star Wars still leaving rest of Top Ten Movies in the dust in second week of June
In the third week the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" continues to leave all other competition in the dust with "Notting Hill" continuing second-best. The newest entry "Instinct" did not have very good ones for it could only garner a third place rating while "The Mummy" and "Entrapment" held their positions in fourth and fifth as last week. As predicted last week, the big flop "The Love Letter" dropped out of sight and we say good riddance to a movie that promotes the lifestyle of avowed, blatant lesbian Ellen DeGeneres. The ratings prove the people feel the same way. For the Top Ten review for the first week of June, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
Hope for the future!
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".
"The world, and in particular our own country, is filled with thousands and thousands of good people; there is an intensification of spiritual life that is inspiring; intercession has multiplied; the young are craving for spiritual sacrifice. We are not lost! We are only losing our pride. God never puts the crown of victory on a swollen head."
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
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden light "
Matthew 11: 28-30