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On this date in 1979, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the epitome of what a bishop should be and a friend to every American, died in New York City at the age of 84. Through out the fifties and early sixties this charismatic prelate came into American homes at prime time on network television with his popular "Life is Worth Living" series, armed only with the truth, a wisdom for explaining it simply, and a chalkboard. Ever since he retired, the Church in America just hasn't been the same nor has there been a single American authority with the same kind of stature and respect. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
Dear children! Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. In a special way, prepare your hearts. May holy Confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness. May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow. Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven. That is why, little children, be mine and decide with me for holiness. Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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- An inspiring, heart-rending column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
- A pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 11th through December 13th.
- LITURGY for the Feast of Pope Saint Damasus on Friday, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, Gaudete Sunday or the Third Sunday of Advent and Monday, Feast of Saint John of the Cross.
- ...and much more in our 240th issue for 1998!
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Clearing up the misconceptions on Indulgences in light of the Holy Father's most recent Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium|
Today we begin a segment on Indulgences, both Plenary and Partial in conjunction with the Holy Father's most recent Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium for the Pope says in the bull, "Another distinctive sign, and one familiar to the faithful, is the indulgence, which is one of the constitutive elements of the Jubilee. The indulgence discloses the fulness of the Father's mercy, who offers everyone His love, expressed primarily in the forgiveness of sins." Today we delve into what an indulgence is and who can attain them and what the penitent gains. We also trace the origin of indulgences and the Divine authority passed down to the Apostles and what the abuses against indulgences are called. For the Eighty-seventh installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
"Now I solemnly tell you that I have come and I announce to you the Advent of His Coming again, when satan shall be crushed and His Sacred Heart will reign in all hearts - bringing one flock, one fold."with a Catholic slant
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Those words from the Blessed Mother Mary in message #310 and followed up with message #311 on the eve of her Feast of the Annunciation in March 1993 indicate the importance of all she imparts to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady warns us of satan's wiles which throw her children into a state of confusion and division, only playing into the evil one's hands and further thwart her Divine Son Jesus master plan. That is why He has sent Mary to announce to all the great dangers inherent in not heeding the Divine Will and to be the clarion for the Second Coming of her Divine Son, but only after she has crushed the serpent beneath her heel. Then, and only then, will there be one flock again. She calls on all her faithful ones to remain united so that we can reap the Divine dividends. For messages 310 and 311, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
Boston Cardinal advocates friendler diplomatic relations between US and Cuba
On a special trip to Havana, Cuba the head of the Archdiocese of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law called for a greater cooperation between the governments of the United States and Cuba. He advocated ending the embargo and for Cuba to continue opening up to the rest of the world, praising the recent proclamation that Christmas would henceforth be celebrated on this tiny heavily-Catholic island. In Havana at the invitation of Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega, he was also wined and dine by Fidel Castro himself on Monday night. For more, click on Cuban thaw.
"Dr. Death" to face trial for murder documented on 60 Minutes
Expressing it's a suicide mission of his own, notorious suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian will now face the music for the atrocious, cold-hearted, clinical murder on national TV of a fifty-two year-old Catholic man a few weeks ago. The death of Thomas Youk documented on CBS' 60 Minutes has forced the hand of authorities to arrest the Michigan euthanasia activist in a showdown in the courts. Kevorkian has expressed that, if sent to prison, he will stage a hunger strike and most probably die in prison - a self-proclaimed martyr for the cause of euthanasia which the Church strongly rebukes. For more, click on Dr. Death.
Pope stresses Our Lady's submissiveness to all the Holy Spirit imparts as a role model for parents at Wednesday Audience as he extends condolences on death of Cardinal Oviedo
Pope John Paul II used his regular Wednesday Papal Audience from Paul VI Hall to extoll the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, specifically her docility to accept whatever the Holy Spirit prompted. He likened her actions to what parents should strive for today in teaching their children. Earlier that morning the Vicar of Christ had written a personal note to the current Archbishop of Santiago offering his sincere condolences and prayers for the people of Chile on the loss of their shepherd Cardinal Carlos Cavada Oviedo, the 71 year-old prelate who died of a heart attack this past Monday. For more, click on Wednesday Audience .
Rochester Bishop lowers the boom on disobedient liberal priest with suspension
It took a while but the controversial bishop of Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark finally bowed to pressure and suspended Father James Callan, former associate pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Rochester, New York for his refusal to adhere to diocesan and Church directives and not perform same-sex marriages or allow women to concelebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which he had done. Because of his disobedience he has been suspended from his priestly duties until he can show due cause that he has reformed and will be totally obedient. This includes no contact with any of his former parishioners, including those modernists who were supportive of his blatant acts.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Second Thursday of Advent as well as tomorrow being the Second Friday of Advent along with the Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, meditations, and story of Pope St. Damasus, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Who can say, 'I have made my heart clean, I am cleansed of my sin?'" Proverbs 20: 9