REVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
"I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Today in Church History: TIME CAPSULES
Liturgy for Today and Tomorrow
Vote for your choice of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS of the 20th Century
CWN Catholic News Stories for today
Medjugorje Monthly Message and More
Countdown to the Jubilee
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"Cease being anxious about the future. Cease clamoring for more knowledge. Of what value would such knowledge be? Mankind has misused knowledge since the sin of Adam and Eve. Therefore, you must trust in God to infuse knowledge into your heart as it is necessary for you to know it."
Those words were conveyed by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #566 on November 19, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart four days after her 565th message on the feast of Saint Albert the Great in which Our Lady beseeches her children to not seek answers anywhere but in prayer for the curious will run into trouble. That is why she begs her little ones to return to her Divine Son Jesus and to meditate on the Joyful Mysteries in preparation for Advent. For Messages #565 and #566, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
A review of this year's FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
Biography on Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, the 69th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on June 23rd.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the Twelfth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist.
...and more in our 121st issue for 1999!
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From today on the days begin to get shorter
for we have passed the Summer Solstice as the countdown to Jubilee 2000 continues
As we introduced yesterday, we are now in the "summer mode" with our "Summer of 99" issues in which we provide readers the opportunity to read articles they might have missed during the final retro summer of the millennium. From this day on the days begin to get shorter and, while we might have leisure time on our hands, it's a good time to take note of where we're going and pray as Jesus and His Blessed Mother have been asking over these past two millenniums.
Retroactive articles available from the mid eleventh century up to the early part of the sixteenth century
This summer we present the installments from Blessed Pope Eugene III, the 167th successor of Peter in the mid twelfth century through Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 46 through 106. We should soon have installments one through 45, which cover the first millennium, available to review on-line within a few weeks. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the sixty installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Today is the Twelfth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop and the English Martyrs Saint John Fisher, Bishop and Saint Thomas More, married man with tomorrow being the Twelfth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Vigil of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
SIMPLY SHEEN:By giving we receive
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".
"Money will not buy Heaven; but it will make friends for us that will help us when we fail. 'Inasmuch as you did it for the least of these My brethren, you did it for Me.' (Matthew 25: 40). Those who have been helped by our charity will lead us before the throne saying: 'This is he of whom we have spoken and who did so much for us in the life below.' "
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1622 Pope Gregory XV issued his papal bull Inscrutabili Divinae which established the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in an effort to expedite and support the missionary effort of the Church worldwide. This Congregation today is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples headed by Cardinal Josef Tomko. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Pope reinforces the need for peace to be permanent in the Balkans and in Asia
Returning to his regular Angelus appearances at the Vatican, the Holy Father addressed the crowd assembled Sunday and reiterated the importance of a lasting peace in the Balkans. He emphasized there is no guarantees this peace will work and we all need to pray and trust in each other as God's faithful children who can trust each other and treat each other with the dignity of seeing Christ in everyone we meet. He included Asia in his request, especially India and Pakistan who both have their proverbial governmental finger on the nuclear trigger. For more, click on Peace needs prayer
Pope publishes theme of Jubilee 2000: Peace on earth to those on whom God's favor rests
The Holy Father officially released the document that defines the theme for the first day of the new millennium - January 1, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Year's Day and World Peace Day. It follows by a week the message the angels sang, "on earth peace among men of good will" (Luke 2: 14). The theme of world peace takes on even more significance with the recently signed peace agreement in the Balkans and overtures towards peace in other areas of the world from Indonesia to Africa to South America to the American classroom. For more, click on Papal proclamation on peace .
600 Priests from all around the world converge on Jerusalem today for clergy retreat
Organized by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy the Church is hosting 600 priests from all parts of the globe in the fourth international meeting of priests, this one being held in the cradle of Christianity - Nazareth and Bethlehem and along the banks It is fitting that it will take place on the feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist for it was 2000 years ago that the Baptizer was born to Elizabeth and Zachary. For more, click on Holy Land Retreat.
Rebels demand ransoms for the 62 remaining hostages, calling it taxes and fees to justify their blatant extortion
The rebels confirmed what Cali, Colombia's Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cansino feared and suspected when he excommunicated the Cuban-backed National Liberation Army rebels for kidnapping 140 right out of Mass on Pentecost Sunday in a church in South Cali. That fear is that the rebels want a ransom for the remaining hostages being held. Even though they already are under interdict, their self described leader Gabino traveled personally to Rome to meet with high Vatican officials and assure the Holy See all the hostages would be freed. He lied and now the guerrillas' word are nothing but empty promises and this has thrown a crimp in negotiating the hostages' release, especially since Colombia's President Andres Pastrana has refused to play hardball with the rebels whose threats don't sit well with government or Church officials. . For more, click on Colombia rebels.
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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.
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