December 11-13, 1998
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 11-13, 1998

vol. 9, no. 240


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
     This weekend, after commemorating the Second Friday of Advent and Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I, we celebrate the glorious Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a festive occasion of prayer and fiesta throughout the western hemisphere, especially in Hispanic circles. Sunday we celebrate with joyful cause Gaudete Sunday or the Third Sunday of Advent
Saint Lucy  Feast of Saint John of the Cross
which supersedes the Feast of the virgin and martyr Saint Lucy. Monday we celebrate the Feast of the religious Carmelite reformer and Doctor of the Church Saint John of the Cross. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY

In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe we bring you the Opening Prayer from the Mass in honor of this feast:

God of Power and Mercy, You blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through Your justice present in our hearts may Your Peace reign in the world.

      For the special Novena Prayer for the days covered in this issue during this time of preparation in Advent, especially Gaudete Sunday, click on ADVENT

Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
The Gospa's message for November

    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. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

  • Ninth Part of the Holy Father's newest encyclical on Faith and Reason - Fides et Ratio in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART

  • Messages 314 and 315 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • December 14th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Feast of Saint John of the Cross on Monday and the Third Tuesday of Advent.

  • ...and much more in our 241st issue for 1998!

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Pope tweaks UN's collective conscience on Sanctity of Life on 50th Anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights

Pope lauds Declaration on Human Rights UN commemorates 50th anniversary of Human Rights declaration
     The Holy Father used the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Human Rights Declaration by members of the UN in 1948 to tweak their consciences to examine if they have truly lived up to their pledge or observed it only when it was expedient for them. He called for all members of the UN to have a deeper concern for the poor and down-trodden of third-world countries and to respond to the needy no matter what their culture, creed or nationality. His letter reiterated that morality calls for respect for all human life from conception to the grave, reminding those who are promoting the culture of death that they are in violation of the Human Rights declaration. For more, click on Pope's UN letter.

Filipino Bishops decry government's violations of human rights in the Philippines
Filipino Bishops decry human rights policy in the Philippines      While the Pope was issuing his statement to the UN in New York, the Bishops Conference of the Philippines, headed by Cardinal Jamie Sin, were equally adamant about violations to Human Rights, by issuing their own stern statement lambasting the Philippine government for the injustices perpetrated against the people from manipulation of the voting process to kidnapping religious leaders; from exploitation of children to continuing the poor living conditions of the masses without providing programs to help them out of their poverty and doldrums. For more, click on Philippines

France succumbs to satan as National Assembly approves cohabitation by non-marrieds straight or gay!
France, so precious to Our Lady, has turned their back on God's Will      All of Heaven must be weeping today with the news that the National Assemby in France has approved a radical referendum that allows equal rights for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike cohabitating outside of marriage, thus tearing down the fabric of society with the minimization of marriage. France has had many problems since Pepin converted to Catholicism over a century ago, but this latest blow to decency and morality has the Church very frustrated for it can only lead to decay and decadence. For more, click on the fall of France.

Poland extends invitation to their favorite son Pope John Paul II to return to his homeland for the 8th time next summer Poland will welcome Pope for the eighth time next year
      The first non-Italian Pope since the 1500's and the first Polish Pope ever will end the century much as he began it, by returning to his homeland once more in the last year of the millennium. The Polish bishops and government, in a joint announcement, said the Holy Father will return to Poland next June for the eighth time during his pontificate for a twelve-day visit that will cover 18 locations including his birthplace in Wadowice. Also on his itinerary will be numerous sessions with Polish government authorities and a stop at the railway terminal in Warsaw where Jews were earmarked for Auschwitz. More details are expected the first of the year when John Paul II formally accepts the invitation. For more, click on Polish visit

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"The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath."
Proverbs 11: 23

385 - 384 - 383 and counting, hoping and praying...

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Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was a visionary ahead of his time
A man of humility and humor, who assured all that "Life is Worth Living," gave us a hunger for our faith that has been starved since his departure
     In this weekend's editorial we bring you a tale of two men, both influential to the masses, both Catholic illuminaries. But while one could not whet his appetite with the Western faith and was lured to Eastern mysticism, the other gave us a steady helping of the faith in humble, humorous chalk talks every Sunday night in our living rooms. Thomas Merton, Trappist monk who was a favorite with liberals and introduced zen into prayer-lifeThe former was Thomas Merton, the controversial Cistercian who died on December 10, 1968 and the latter was the esteemed and beloved Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the much-loved and respected orator who ruled television in the fifties and early sixties because he did not go along with the proverb that the medium is the message. In fact he often said, "if you want people to stay as they are, tell them what they want to hear. If you want to improve them, you tell them what they should know." He also believed in souls, treating them with the utmost care but never compromising, asserting that it was easy to win an argument, but is it worth it if you lose the soul because of it? This man was ahead of his time and, were it not for our present Holy Father, there is a good chance the Church would be much worse off than it really is because we do not have the charismatic orators like Sheen today nor the network executives willing to assign a prime-time slot for something so valuable as one's soul. For this weekend's commentary A hero who reached humanity through humility, heart, homily and humor!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Gifts are constantly on our minds because there are less than 15 shopping days left before Christmas, but we fail to realize the greatest gift we have to give doesn't cost a cent!

     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reminds us that we can get so swept up in the preparations for Christmas that we forget the reason for the season and, consequently, forget our prayerlife. But we can pray whether we're standing in line at Wal-Mart, Macy's or the nearby Mall, or stranded in traffic. Plus she points out that too often we get so caught up in the Christmas rush that we forget the greatest gift we have is right under our nose...and, too often, we forget Who gave us that precious gift. For Sister's column, Pray anew each day , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

"Only in the surrender of your own will shall unity with the Divine Will become possible."
Queen of Prophets
      Those words were conveyed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, 1993 and they are ever stronger today in 1998 as Our Lady beseeches all her children to bury our own stubborn will and unite behind God's Will. She asks us to follow her example and say "Yes" to the Father, her Divine Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, her Divine Spouse. She continues this thought in her 313th Message, entreating all to take refuge in the Blessed Sacrament and to keep the faith in the times ahead when we will be asked to stand up and be counted for the Almighty. Only by emptying ourselves will we be filled with His Presence and ultimately understand and live in the Divine Will. For messages 312 and 313 from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Events this weekend in Church History       December 12th is significant in the annals of the Church for it is the very day Our Lady appeared to Blessed Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill at Guadalupe in Heaven's crusade to stop human sacrifice and add to the ranks of the Church in the western hemisphere at the same time so many were deserting Holy Mother Church in Europe. Today Our Lady of Guadalupe has become the banner icon against the sin of abortion in once again striving to end human sacrifice. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on December 11th through December 13th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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