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Installment 105 of our on-going megaseries WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Today in Church History: TIME CAPSULES
Liturgy for Today and Tomorrow
"I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Medjugorje Monthly Message and More
Countdown to the Jubilee
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Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the eighteenth anniversary of the first time the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Medjugorje. Tomorrow is the actual date of her first message for she did not speak on this day in 1981, but did so the next day to the six visionaries present, thus making the anniversary the 25th of the month, rather than the feast of Saint John the Baptist which has significance in Our Lady choosing this date to first appear to the children as one making ready the way of the Lord - her Divine Son. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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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 25th through June 27th.
DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Messages 571 and 572 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and more in our 123rd 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.
Bloom where you're planted!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa addresses the age-old dilemna of the axiom, "God helps those who help themselves." But he doesn't refer to the selfish aspect of helping themselves, but rather utilizing the God-given gifts we have been given to give back to God all that He expects of us. It reminds one of the passage in Luke 11: 13 and Luke 12: 48, "But of everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and of him to whom they have entrusted much, they will demand more." Whatever talents or lot God has given us, He expects us to use them to the fullest for Him and bloom where we're planted. For Pat's column The Law and God, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, this summer we present installments 47 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. Unfortunately some of the earlier installments were deleted in the files during a virus crash last year so installments one through 46 are not available currently but we are going to retype them and run them when we resume this series in September. To read any of the fifty-eight installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Today is the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist while tomorrow is the Twelfth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on the Baptizer, click on DAILY LITURGY.
SIMPLY SHEEN: Excuses are for losers!
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 no field in which more excuses are given than in the realm of the spiritual and the moral. Any excuse is better than none for the accepance of the word of God, which demands the pricking of the balloon of pride, and the surrender of the illegitimate revels of the flesh. That is why there has to be a Day of Judgment to send the excuses to hell and the reasons to Heaven."
"I weep because my children suffer so. They suffer dreadfully in body, mind and soul. God permits me to come to offer them hope. But they do not want hope, because they are blind and do not know God, Who is their True Father!"
Those words from the Immaculate Heart of Mary were conveyed on November 29, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart wherein Our Lady reminds us why she has come to her children. It is interesting that these words coincide with the eighteenth anniversary of Our Lady's first appearance at Medjugorje - the hub of Marian activity worldwide. Mary, in this message and the one preceding it on November 27th, laments how so many have lost the faith or it has grown so dim, barely a flicker which enables satan to come in and totally snuff it out. Only by adhering to her Divine Son's Holy Will will the light grow brighter through grace. For Messages #569 and #570, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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Polish memories highlight Pope's Papal Wednesday Audience
The Holy Father used his regular Wednesday Papal Audience to reminisce about his two week trip home, possibly, by his own admission, the last time he'll ever set foot on homesoil. In fact, more than any recent papal audience the Pope showed emotion at recalling the many places of his childhood and the spiritual icons of his country and, as many surmise, a tinge of sadness that he most likely will never return. For more, click on Papal Audience.
Holy See and German bishops united in clarifying muddled abortion consultation centers controversy
Like a puzzled maze that the media keeps muddling, the Vatican and the body of German bishops have clarified the controversy over the abortion consultation centers and one thing certain has come out of it all: the bishops are united with the Pope in the decisions for the Holy Father is quite sensitive to the needs of the German people and young mothers, bending over backwards to provide a sense of human dignity while upholding the sanctity of life. For more, including a backgrounder on this whole situation, click on Sorting out the German controversy
Traditional Palliums to be presented to thirty-seven new archbishops next Tuesday
Next Tuesday on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Holy Father will bestow the traditional pallium on thirty-seven new archbishops at St. Peter's . This ritual dates back to Pope Saint Mark in 336 A.D. The Pallium is made from the wool of a previously blessed lamb and is decorated with black crosses. They are blessed on the Feast of Saint Agnes on January 21st and kept in a special silver-gift casket near the Confession of St. Peter. The Pallium represents symbolically the participation of the new archbishops in the supreme pastoral power of the Sovereign Pontiff. For more, click on Pallium.
All systems go for Mother Teresa's beatification process
The archbishop of Calcutta Archbishop Henry D'Souza, who is in charge of the beatification process for Mother Teresa, petitioned the Holy See a few days ago on behalf of the order she founded for permission to form the local tribunal which will handle the excruciating and time-consuming process that involves pouring over volumes of materials and interviewing and cross-questioning countless witnesses. It is expected the Vatican will give the green light immeidately. For more, click on Mother Teresa.
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