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"I solemnly tell the world strife shall daily increase in every nation. Wars will increase and embroil many nations."
Those words were spoken by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #525 on August 3, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, in which Our Lord laments at how so many neglect prayer and opt for gossip and slander which murders the reputations of those God has placed in our paths to help us. It is the work of His adversary and in these days the evil one is more desperate than ever. Jesus asks us to take refuge in His Sacred Heart and if we seek out physical refuges to be rooted in our spiritual needs not material for these things are fleeting. If we persist, wars and chastisement will increase. He foretold this five years ago and when we look at the world today we can see a fulfillment of all He spoke of. His Blessed Mother follows His words on the same day, beseeching us to heed His words and to realize the urgency of her messages for time is very, very short. But that is not reason for doom or gloom, but rather for great hope to persevere to witness the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart as she promised at Fatima. For Messages #525 and #526, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
The DAILY WORD
"But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first."
Mark 10: 31
- Part Twelve of 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER.
- May Flowers bloom with more FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Biography on Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas, S.D.B. , the 58th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 26th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for Feast of Saint Philip Neri and Thursday's Weekday and Feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury
- ...and much more in our 102nd issue for 1999!
A long time ago, far far away...the Duel of the Fates!
With all the hype and emphasis on the new Star Wars "Episode One" we present a special "virtual interview" with Pope John Paul II and George Lucas with middle man Bill Moyers as concepted by ZENIT in a special series that we call "Duel of the Fates" the working title for Episode Two. For today's unique twist on a virtual interview between the media mogul and the Vicar of Christ, click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES.
Pope Julius II finishes what his uncle Pope Sixtus IV began: the Sistine Chapel thanks to the Renaissance master Michelangelo
The pontificate of Pope Pius III was all too short and upon his death the cardinals turned down anymore Borgia influence by electing a bitter enemy of the Borgia clan - Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere who would become Pope Julius II and become a militant Pope like few others before him, taking the reins to lead his papal troops into battle in retaking the Papal States surrendered during the papacy of Alexander VI. He was so intent on eliminating any vestige of the Borgias that thousands died for the cause. Yet Julius II was also dedicated to building a Holy See in structure that would rival none, commissioning Michelangelo and Raphael to complete the Sistine Chapel and Bramante to begin the ambitious rebuilding of St. Peter's. But, in the same way Saint Francis of Assisi was told to "rebuild My Church," Julius missed the boat or should we say "barque of Peter" and neglected the spiritual needs of the faithful allowing Protestantism to slither into sanctuaries and the inner sanctums of homes across the continent. There was truly a price to pay for this and it would be paid in blood and regret over the next fifty years. For the one-hundred-fourth installment titled Pope Julius II: , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Today is the Eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of three saints: Pope Saint Gregory VII, the 157th successor of Peter who was the holy monk Hildebrand and whose Dictatis Papae forever set in stone the universality of the Vicar of Rome; Saint Bede, priest, religious and missionary; and Saint Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi Italian virgin and religious. Tomorrow is the singular feast of Saint Philip Neri, priest and religious founder of the Oratorians and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in Forty Hour Adoration. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the feast of Pope Saint Gregory VII we present a special prayer taken from My Daily Prayer published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:
O God, the Strength of all who put their trust in Thee, Who didst strengthen Blessed Gregory, Thy Confessor and Pontiff, with the virtue of constancy, that he might defend the liberty of Thy Church, grant us, by his example and intercession, courageously to overcome all that is against us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
God must cleanse the mold in order to fill it
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".
"Souls are sometimes closest to God when they feel themselves farthest away from Him, at the point of despair. For an empty soul, the Divine can fill; a worried soul, the Infinite can pacify. A self-concerned, proud soul, however, is inaccessible to grace."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1261 Pope Alexander IV passed on to his Heavenly reward. This Franciscan pontiff is best remembered for canonizing Saint Clare and affirming without a shadow of a doubt that Saint Francis of Assisi was gifted with the stigmata. 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's Pentecost Pastoral points to Pontifical Council for the Laity to pave way for Jubilee 2000 Conference
This past weekend the Holy Father announced plans for another universal laity ministry conference in 2000 under the guidance of Cardinal James Francis Stafford, head of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The Pope recalled the tremendous success of last year's Pentecostal celebration when lay apostolates from all over the world convened in Rome to celebrate the first gathering of such a group in the Pope's plan to confer more responsibility of evangelization on the laity. For more, click on Pentecost at St. Peter's
Half dozen years after gang-like killing of Cardinal Ocampo investigators and Church officials frustrated
The six year anniversary of the brutal murder of Guadalajara Archbishop Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo passed yesterday with investigators no closer to determining the murderer/s than they were six years ago when he was gunned down at the Guadalajara airport while waiting to meet the apostolic nuncio in 1993. While there has been repeated attempts by the government and city politicians to bury the case or outright dismiss it just as is being done in Guatamala, Ocampo's successor Cardinal Juan Sandoval refuses to let the memory of his fellow cardinal drift into oblivion. Thanks to his persistence it has been brought to the attention of the international theater and pressure put on those responsible to bring the killers to justice somehow, someway. For more, click on Cardinal's murder case.
Chaldean Patriarch Bidiwid confident UN will ease possibility of Pope visiting Iraq and birthplace of Abraham
While the Holy Father awaits his first visit from the new king of Jordan King Abdullah on June 4 before heading for Poland, word comes from Baghdad that the Catholic Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq Rafael I Bidawid reinforced that John Paul II is intent on walking in the footsteps of Abraham hopefully the end of October or early November this year and the Patriarch expressed hope that the UN will help make this a reality by clearing the hurdles placed in his path by embargos, political circumstances and the threat of war. For more, click on Walking in the footsteps of Abraham.
Reparation being made in Carribean Republics
While a "Cross of Reconciliation" is toted to various parishes throughout Cuba, the Dominican Republic, led by their prelate Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus
Lopez Rodriguez has begun a prayer crusade to end violence in this island nation and to pray for peace that all may live in harmony and forgiveness. For more, click on Caribbean confessions.
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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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