May 18, 1999

May 18, 1999    vol. 10, no. 96


Feast of Pope Saint John I, Martyr

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"I desire all the world to heed My Mother's words, for She comes as My Precursor, the New Eve, the Woman Clothed with the Sun."

      Those words were spoken by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #515 in July 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, in which Our Lord reinforces the fact that the signs will intensify. He follows this up on the feast of the abbot Saint Benedict, the father of modern monasticism, with the promise that suffering will intensify with chosen chastisements to wake up His children that what His Beloved Blessed Mother is conveying is from Him and that this cleansing - a purification if you will - is necessary for the glorious age to come. For Messages #515 and #516, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."


      In honor of the feast of Pope Saint John I we present the Opening Prayer for today's Mass:

God, our Father, rewarder of all who believe, hear our prayers as we celebrate the martyrdom of Pope John. Help us to follow him in loyalty to the faith.

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



  • May Flowers bloom with more FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

  • Biography on Cardinal Cardinal James A. Hickey , the 55th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 19th.

  • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekday for Wednesday and Thursday, plus Thursday's feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena

  • ...and much more in our 97th issue for 1999!

Happy 79th to Pope John Paul II

      Today is the 79th birthday of our dear and holy pontiff, John Paul II. Born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland in 1920, he has run the gamut from the immediate aftermath of World War I to the build-up and devastation of the Second World War to the terrible years of Communism to the blossoming of a special warrior of God from priest, bishop, cardinal to Pope - the 264th successor of Peter and through it all he has been dedicated to God's Holy Will and Totally dedicated to Our Lady For today's special salute to the Pope, click on the first part of BIRTHDAY SALUTE.

Darth, dangerous & distant or Dear, merciful & always close!

One is a ridiculous myth that temporarily captures the imaginations of souls while the Other is the Most Sublime of Mysteries that frees souls...forever! MAY THE HOST BE WITH YOU!

      In today's editorial we address a myriad of things via a prayer that was first recited late last year in the Kansas Senate and has since circulated around the world via the web. It ties in with the release of the most hyped film ever - "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" from the Star Wars series. In our commentary we show how the true Force is not enveloped in the ear-deafening THX sound system of George Lucas' mythical empire series but in the whisper of the Spirit, embraced in the tiny unleavened host consecrated at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For today's commentary entitled May the Host be with you!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you and take over

      In the second part of Chapter 15: Touched by the Spirit the Blessed Virgin Mary urges us to be filled with the Spirit. Just as helium fills and inflates, so also if we are imbued with the Holy Spirit will begin to float above the mundane and seek God's Will in all things for it is the cross which crosses out the "I" for there can be no ego in God's plan. Our Lady asks that we submit to her Divine Spouse, giving Him our fiat just as she did at all times, specifically on the occasion of the Ascension. 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 two of Chapter 15, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"


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

SIMPLY SHEEN: Learning to soar on eagles' wings

      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".

"The mother eagle gets her young to fly by pecking away pieces of the nest bit by bit, until finally the young have to leave their temporary security. God, too, sometimes has to disturb man in his economic security, lest he think that it is the only security there is."

Events Today in Church History

      On this date two Popes named John passed away and the difference is like night and day. The first of course is today's saint, Pope Saint John I in 526 while the second is Pope John XII a rascal from the mold of Pope Alexander VI who died on this date 438 years later in 964. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Ascension to Pentecost Novena of Rosaries for Peace continues

      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 6th day of the Novena.

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency


    Pope conveys to 40,000 charity workers and volunteers that charity indeed begins at home as Vatican celebrates World Day of Social Communications

          This past weekend two events buttressed up against each other and His Holiness was able to seque both, the first was Saturday's event wrapping up the World Charity Congress organized by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" which included such luminaries as the Pope himself and Mother Teresa's handpicked successor Sister Nirmala of Calcutta. Sunday the Holy Father recognized World Day of Social Communicatiuons and called on the mass media to work in cooperation with the Church for the sacred culture of life. For more, click on Busy weekend at the Vatican

    Mega retailer Wal-Mart strikes victory for culture of life, says 'no' to Planned Parenthood and Morning After Pill

          Ol' Sam Walton, the Bentonville boy who built a retailing international empire from a small store in Northwest Arkansas by doing the right thing would by respecting human dignity would be right proud of his company Wal-Mart after the retail giant issued a statement saying they will refuse to promote "emergency controceptives" in their pharmacies nationwide. It was a victory for those upholding the culture of life and the pro-aborts don't like it one bit. For more, click on Wal-Mart helps save.

    Next move for possible peace up to Milosevic according to Belgrade's Catholic Archbishop

          His excellency Archbishop Franc Perko warns that NATO should not humiliate Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic if they want a peaceful solution in the Balkans. The Catholic prelate firmly believes that Milosevic wants peace and is willing to allow international troops in as long as he does not lose face and NATO doesn't muscle in. The Archbishop also feels the UN and Orthodox countries are the answer to easing tensions. For more, click on Peace is possible.

    So many countries, so little time as Vatican mulls over where Holy Father will close Asian Synod

          The Holy See is in a quandary on where the Pope will deliver his keynote closing address for the Asian Synod. Politics and Communist cooperation will play a huge roll that could swing one over the other though sentiment favors either Vietnam or India, the former to honor the long Catholic trials and tribulations of the people and Our Lady of La Vang since Hanoi has softened somewhat and the latter as an exclamation mark to all Mother Teresa accomplished. China remains a remote long shot. For more, click on The Asia Puzzle.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the features, dossiers and Daily Dispatches at 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.


"Father, the hour has come! Glorify the Son, that thy Son may glorify Thee, even as Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, in order that to all Thou hast given Him He may give everlasting life."

John 17: 1-2

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   Today we present a site that could be helpful to many parish priests and edify the laity as well. It is called THE CATHOLIC DOORS and is maintained by Father Maurice Levesque out of Sasketoon, Canada. He makes numerous homilies for Sundays and Holy Days available to anyone as long as they are not used for commercial purposes or to solicit funds. It's fun just to read them and enjoy the inspiration of Father's words.
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 226 and counting, hoping and praying...

May 18, 1999       volume 10, no. 96

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