November 11, 1999

  • Today's Top Catholic:
       Father Michael Scanlan, TOR
  • Pat Ludwa ignites awareness to the Eternal Flame of Love
  • Appreciating the Church's teaching on Purgatory
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November 11, 1999
vol. 10, no. 214

Feast of
Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop


with a Catholic slant


Pope tired but not ill as he proves during appearance on St. Peter's Balcony after canceled Wednesday Audience

    The Holy Father, totally exhausted from his grueling five day trip to India and Georgia which ran the gamut of emotions and temperatures, canceled his scheduled Wednesday Papal Audience but dispelled all rumors that he is sick by appearing to pilgrims in the afternoon, addressing them briefly and blessing them from the balcony. The Vatican felt it was necessary to refute rumors spread in the Italian press that the Pope was sicker than the Holy See had let on. His appearance proved them wrong. After another day or two of rest, he will resume his regular activities this weekend. For more, click on Pope healthy but exhausted

Scandinavian Lutherans to honor Saint Bridget of Sweden at Vatican on Saturday

    The first fruits of the Catholic-Lutheran pact signed two weeks ago in Germany will manifest themself Saturday at the Vatican when the Lutheran primates of Sweden and Finland will join Pope John Paul II in a special ecumenical prayer service. It will also be the occasion of the unveiling of a statue of Saint Bridget of Sweden in an alcove of St. Peter's Basilica. St. Bridget, along with Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Edith Stein were recently named Patroness of Europe. Bridget's heritage will be celebrated with the king and queen of Sweden in attendance along with other Catholic and Lutheran dignitaries. For more, click on The Swedish connection.

Process for Mother Teresa's Beatification is accelerating

    The flood of testimony and reported miracles attributed to Mother Teresa, are truly accelerating the process for her beatification, much further along than anyone could imagine. The fact there is so much documentation makes it possible that her Beatification could come as soon as 2000 if medical and scientific experts verify at least one of the four certain miracles attributed to the intercession of this beloved "Saint of the gutters" who died in October 1997. For more, click on How soon will Mother Teresa's be called Blessed? .

Congress passes resolution to investigate abortion industry's trafficking in preborn body parts

    Suspecting a vast network of the abortuaries and third parties selling body parts of advanced fetuses, the United States House of Representatives passed by a majority voice vote a resolution Tuesday in which a thorough investigation will be conducted to uncover the horror of these reported atrocities which has become a million-dollar business in the abortion industry. Many pro-life congressmen feel this is the main crux of why pro-aborts have fought the ban on late-term abortions so vehemently because it's all about money. For more, click on Million dollar business at the expense of the unborn.

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Coming this weekend:

  • The 22nd selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • Fifty-first installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 12th through the 14th

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the martyr Saint Josaphat on Friday, the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini on Saturday, and the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir of Lebanon in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • ...and much more in our 215th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.

    TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 23:

    Father Michael Scanlan

    Energetic and charismatic President of Franciscan University of Steubenville who has elevated the bar for the standards and spirituality of Catholic education in America

        Today we bring you the 23rd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, the charismatic Third Order Franciscan priest who as President of Franciscan University of Steubenville for the past 25 years, has catapulted a once sleepy campus in eastern Ohio into a scholastic giant among Catholic institutions of higher learning. He is also well-known for his appearances on EWTN and orthodox posture on the Faith. For more on the 23rd selection, click on FATHER MICHAEL SCANLAN, TOR

    The Fire of God's Love can be warm and cozy or hotter than hell!

        In his column today, Pat Ludwa ignites hearts on the "Eternal Flame of Love" - a Fire we cannot escape and one, that if we are faithful and loyal to God, then we will welcome and be warmed by His Love forever. If we are loyal to Him, but not ready to be at the hearth of Heaven, then we must first be cleansed in the fires of Purgatory in order for our love to burn ever brighter and purer as a reflection of Divine Love. Pat pulls no punches in reminding readers of Christ's words on the other conflagration that awaits us if we reject His love. They say there is no wrath like the wrath of a soul scorned and, in God's Infinite Mercy and Justice He rewards love with various degrees of His burning Love. For those who, by their own free will, turn down that Love, they have only the everlasting fires of hell to remind them of the Love they are missing. In essence, it is something so esoteric that man cannot comprehend in his finite ways, the greatest punishment man can ever experience is the scorching emptiness of the soul, the stark realization of an eternal void - the absence of God's Love. For Pat's column Hell, the fire of God's Love!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

    Appreciation of the Existence of Purgatory

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We look again today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and we hope to convey what the Church teaches about Purgatory over the next several installments. For the fiftieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this day in Church History

       Today is the 582nd anniversary of the election of Pope Martin V as the 206th successor of Peter. The selection of Cardinal Oddo Colonna also ended the Great Schism by way of the Council of Constance which deposed two antipopes and accepted the resignation of Pope Gregroy XII. His fourteen year pontificate from November 11, 1417 to February 20, 1431 signaled the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. He opened the "Holy Door" at the Lateran for the first time ever in the second millennium and Pope John Paul II will open the "Holy Door" at St. Peter's for the last time in the second millennium on Christmas Eve this year. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


    The graces of sympathy

        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".

    "Suffering may be sent to us because we have been too narrow and selfish in our view of it, and also to prepare us for our work in helping others in trouble. The widow can sympathize with the widow; the poor show most kindness to the poor. The experience of the prostration of a great illness enables a person to understand and help sick people. Sorrow can thus become a talent to be used for the good of others by being invested in sympathy."

    The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

        Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 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. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?


    "The days will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man, and will not see it. And they will say to you, 'Behold, here He is; behold, there He is.' Do not go, nor follow after them. For as the lightning when it lightens flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation."

    Luke 17: 22-25


        Today is the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop of the late fourth century. Tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of Saint Josaphat, bishop and religious who was martyred in Russia in the seventeenth century. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 50 and counting, hoping and praying...

    October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

        Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

       With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

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