May 17, 1999

May 17, 1999

vol. 10, no. 95


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DAY 55: Please continue your prayers for those embroiled in the bitter war in the Balkans on both sides, especially the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of hate and deception

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     Today is the final Monday of Easter Season while tomorrow is the final Tuesday and the Feast of the 53rd successor of Peter Pope Saint John I who was martyred at the hands of the barbaric King Theodoric. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. John I, click on DAILY LITURGY.

"I solemnly tell all the world: Time is so very short, you cannot conceive of it. Yet each day you waste your time and damage your souls by your pettiness, your ego, your human agenda."

      Those words from Our Lady were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the feast of Saint Maria Goretti in Message #514 in which the Blessed Mother laments on how so many go about forging their own will without giving serious thought to God's will or what He is asking through Sacred Scripture, through His Church and through the messages imparted by His special emissary - the Blessed Virgin Mary. She prefaces these words three days earlier on July 3, urging all to call on the Holy Spirit to pray for His infusion of gifts and graces, reminding us also that July is the month of the Precious Blood. For Messages #513 and #514 from the Blessed Virgin, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."


  • Special tribute and birthday salute to His Holiness John Paul II on his 79th birthday

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Messages 515 and 516 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on May 18th.

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Final Week of Easter Season including today's feast of the martyred Pope Saint John I.

  • More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Another useful fact on something regarding the Church in CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • Part Two of Chapter Fifteen of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

  • And much more in our 96th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
  • Cardinal Roman Henryk Gulbinowicz, an expert on moral theology, has been Archbishop of Wroclaw in Poland for the past 23 years

          Our fifty-fourth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 71 year-old year-old Lithuanian-born Cardinal Roman Henryk Gulbinowicz Archbishop of Wroclaw in Poland who was elevated to the cardinalate on May 25, 1985 during the third Consistory held by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Gulbinowicz, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Message to the Americas:
    The Path to Communion begins with those builders descended from the apostles

          Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twelfth installment on Chapter Four: The Path to Communion - The bishops as builders of communion , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

    The Holy Spirit alights on the Apostles

    Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries

          In Chapter 15, Touched by the Spirit we see, through interior vision, the stirring account of Pentecost Sunday in the upper room as Our Lord fulfills His promise to send His Spirit - the Holy Spirit and is most appropriate as we countdown to the Solemnity of Pentecost at the end of this week. since. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part one of Chapter 15, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"


    Ascension to Pentecost Novena of Rosaries for Peace begins

          In conjunction with the Worldwide Rosary Crusade Novena, we continue to promote the nine-day novena of Rosaries for peace between Ascension Thursday and the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the day of the Holy Spirit - dove of Peace. Today is the 5th day of the Novena.

    SIMPLY SHEEN: Ever wonder about winged wonders?

          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".

    "God sets many angels in our paths, but often we know them not; in fact, we may go through life never knowing that they were agents or messengers of God to lead us on to virtue, or to deter us from vice. But they symbolize that constant and benign intervention of God in the history of men, which stops us on the path to destruction or leads us to success or happiness and virtue."

    Events Today in Church History

         On this date in 352, which is 1,647 years ago, Pope Saint Liberius was chosen the 36th successor of Peter. It was Liberius who laid the foundations for the Basilica of St. Mary Major tracing out the perimeter after a miraculous snowfall in the heat of the summer on August 15th. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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    provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News


      Holy Father to have quiet restful birthday tomorrow in gearing up for exhausting two-week trip to homeland in two weeks

            After knocking the world's skeptical media on their socks with the tremendous successful trip to Romania last week, the Holy Father is now making plans for one of his longest trip time-wise - nearly two weeks beginning June 5th to his native Poland. While journalists repeatedly take pot shots at the Pope, pointing out his frail-looking posture, John Paul II defies the odds as he turns a ripe 79 tomorrow with a mind that can challenge anyone no matter the age. The Polish bishops have rallied to his side, condemning the media's stance on anti-clericalism. For more, click on The holy 79er.

      Pope John Paul II receives refugees, emphasizes desperate need for Peace in Kosovo as L'Osservatore Romano expresses strongest sentiments yet against NATO attacks

            During the Regina Coeli at St. Peter's Square yesterday the Pope acknowledged the Kosovo refugees in attendance and reissued a strong call for peace in the Balkans. This came on the heels of L'Osservatore Romano's blasting of NATO's handling of the bombing that has made a joke out of military maneuvers and made the US a laughingstock thanks to the ineptness of their inexperienced Commander-in-chief who has so decimated and demoralized the ranks with his insistence that the bombing continue come hell or highwater that Bill Clinton is making Slobodan Milosevic look like a hero. For more, click on Vatican blasts NATO fiasco.

      US comes under criticism another front with Holy Father's call that embargo be lifted on Iraq as Patriarch extends invitation to visit

            Iraq became the latest to make an invitation to the Holy Father to visit their land during the Chaldean Patriarch's visit to the Vatican. His Beatitude Raphael I Bidawid was accompanied by numerous Muslim and Shiite leaders from Iraq and the Pope was most sympathetic to their cause and the people, while distancing himself from Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein. Many anticipate the Holy Father will retrace the steps of Abraham in Ur either in late October, early November this year or during Jubilee 2000. For more, click on Iraq invite .

      Leading Orthodox spokesman predicts Pope would be well-received in Russia

            First Romania, then the Ukraine, Iraq and who knows - the Pope could be received in the middle of Red Square in downtown Moscow! Talk about fulfillment of the Fatima prophecies. This scenario is being offered not by the Pope himself only or those high-ranking Vatican officials, but by a leading Orthodox theologian who believes tremendous inroads were made throug the Holy Father's Romanian visit, opening new vistas for a trip to Moscow, possibly next year. For more, click on Moscow

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and ZENIT International News Agency. CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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         With the emphasis this past week on the Eastern rites with the Holy Father's visit to Romania and the Chaldean Patriarch's visit to the Holy See and Pentecost the end of this week, we present a word that refers to an invocation of the Holy Spirit, used to call on the Father to dispatch the Sanctifier to bless the offerings consecrated at Mass and turn the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Son of God - Jesus Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity. This is invoked before the consecration in the Western or Latin rite and afterwards in those churches of the Eastern rite who are in union with Rome. The etimology of the word evolves from the Greek epiklesis meaning "invocation." This invocation calls upon the Holy Trinity which renders the Eucharist essential in the scope of God's plan for the salvation of the faithful. For more, we strongly recommend NEW ADVENT's CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, by clicking on Epiklesis (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers ).

    April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

        Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


    " These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have affliction. But take courage, I have overcome the world."

    John 16: 33


         Today we present an interesting site maintained by the bi-monthly print Envoy Magazine, an excellent apologetics publication on the cutting edge of journalism and design. You can get a glimpse of that at their site which features many animated graphics through their shockwave program that brings the site to life.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 227 and counting, hoping and praying...

    May 17, 1999       volume 10, no. 95

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