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Installment 105 of our on-going megaseries WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Daily Coverage of the Holy Father's pilgrimage in the POPE IN POLAND
Today in Church History: TIME CAPSULES
Liturgy for Today and Tomorrow
"I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
VOTE FOR YOUR CHOICE OF THE TOP 100 CATHOLICS FOR THE 20TH CENTURY
Medjugorje Monthly Message and More
Countdown to the Jubilee
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Today is the Eleventh Thursday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow the Eleventh Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
THE DAILY WORD
"In this manner therefore shall you pray: 'Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'"
Matthew 6: 9-13
Coming This Weekend:
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day Weekend from June 18th through June 20th.
DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and Saturday's Feast of Saint Romuald and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Messages 561 and 562 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Bernard J. Law in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 118th issue for 1999!
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.
When we disregard God in our laws we get caught in the vicegrip and are left hanging. It's a crazy life because laws made without God in mind lead to la vida loca!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa addresses the problems that arise when governments throw God out with the bathwater in favor of trying to please the devil by rewording constitutions so as not to offend the minority of atheists. He shows that when man writes laws to please man, they become a jungle of discord where only the fittest survive, but when man writes laws inspired by God they remain on our hearts through love for the Almighty and all He has promised. Without God's Laws we become an anarchy - a crazy life going nowhere - la vida loca! For Pat's column The Law and God, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The Secrets of La Salette are no longer secret, so why do we refuse to listen?
We continue our series on Prayer, today turning our attention to the Mercy God is offering and which was offered in abundance at La Salette but refused then as now for Our Lady ask if there is "no one left to beg mercy?" That is why the Brides of Christ, especially those dedicated to calling Divine Mercy down on the world, are such an important component in God's plan for salvation. The message of La Salette has been spread far and wide and repeated so often in numerous apparitions and messages in the second half of this century and yet... For part three, Time to seek Mercy, click on our on-going megaseries on the state of the Church today in WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
SIMPLY SHEEN: We endeavor to horde junk while realizing all to well that God doesn't make junk!
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".
"There is a profound difference in quality between the possessions that we need, and use, and actually enjoy, and the accumulation of useless things we accumulate out of vanity or greed or the desire to surpass others. The first kind of possession is a legitimate extension of our personalities: we enrich a much-used object by our love, and it becomes dear to us."
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day in 676 Pope Deusdedit II passed away after a four year pontificate as the 77th successor of Peter. His accomplishments are significant today because it was he who converted the Maronites, a determined people of Armenian-Syrian origin and the Holy Father is set to travel tomorrow morning to Armenia in a continuing quest to totally reconcile the Armenian Apostolic Church with Rome. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"Your path to Me is the Way of the Cross as I give it to you daily in the vocation I desire for you, nourish you in and guide you through."
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were conveyed on the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart wherein Our Lord reminds us that we all have the stuff saints are made of; we just need to channel our energies in the right direction for Him. His Blessed Mother follows up with Message #560 on All Souls Day, focusing on our role as members of the Church Militant in helping the Church Suffering. For Messages #559 and #560, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Colombian rebels release some but not all of the hostages
Though the Cuban-backed National Liberation Army guerrillas of Colombia announced they would finally release 77 hostages with Bucaramanga's Bishop Victor Lopez officiating the release in San Antonio, Colombia and various officials from foreign countries plus Colombia's president observing, they came up short, releasing all but twenty of the hostages, but they did release the pastor of the Catholic church in Cali Father Humberto Cadavid, who objected strongly to the rebels' posturing and grandstanding the release in circus fashion. For more, click on Hostage release.
Russian Orthodox leader expresses fears to UN of possible retaliation by Albanians
Despite the peace agreement, the Moscow Patriarch expressed grave concern that the situation in Kosovo could grow even worse claiming the ethnic Albanians would now have free reign to exact revenge on the Serbian Orthodox Church by raiding many of the monasteries, churches and shrines in Kosovo. Russian Patriarch Alexai II made his plea to the UN branch for Human Rights as aid to Russia's poor was also discussed. For more, click on Russia fears revenge will rush in
Baptists protest Clinton's appointment of Homosexual Hormel while Catholics remain strangely silent about the whole affair as Convention chastises Clinton
At the annual convention of Southern Baptists the assembly sharply called one of their own congregationalists Bill Clinton on the carpet for condoning the homosexual lifestyle by proclaiming June Gay Pride month and pulled a fast one by appointing avowed homosexual and blatant anti-Catholic James Hormel to the ambassadorship of Luxumbourg, a 96% Roman Catholic country. It was akin to naming Howard Stern ambassador to the Vatican. While the convention made news, on the Catholic front opposition to the Hormel appointment has sadly been minimal to this point. For more, click on Clinton chastised.
Crusade underway to write-in Pope in Time Magazine's Man of the Century campaign
While many punch in their favorite ballplayer for the All Star game in Boston next month, another vote is heating up fast and the good sisters of Saint Dominic are determined that someone worthy receive the honor of being named Time Magazine's "Man of the Century." They feel, and we quite agree, that no one is more deserving than Pope John Paul II for all he has accomplished in the last 20 years both in the world and in the Church. They're calling all to stuff the ballot box and why not! Votes can be placed at TIME MAN OF THE CENTURY. For more, click on Vote early and vote often.
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