Java pop-up box hiding behind everything

I am using this command in a small Java program to show a pop-up box if a line of text in a file has a bunch of ****s in front of it.  Rules are:

- Don't show the stars
- Pop-up the box in front of all windows

The stars aren't shown, the box does show up, but it's *behind* everything instead of in front of it, making it look like the entire program is frozen/stuck.  How can I force it to show up in front instead?

if (animal.contains("*")) {
                  animal = animal.replace("*", "");
                  JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(popUp, animal); // this is the single line of code for the pop-up box
               else {
                  animal = inFS.nextLine();
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Yes, you''ll need to put your JOP into some other container that supports the setAlwaysOnTop() method.

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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
I'm super junior at Java -- could you link me to what the container should look like or provide an example?  Hopefully something simple..
You could use a JDialog for example. Have a go after looking at the API for that first.
NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
I was able to fix it by adding this code:

JFrame frame = new JFrame();

 JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(frame, animal);

Thanks for the advice!
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