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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the the Feast of Saint John of the Cross, priest and religious reformer of the Carmelite Order and a distinguished Doctor of the Church who faced constant persecution and calumny by liberals within his own order. Tomorrow is the Third Tuesday of Advent. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on Saint John of the Cross, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayers are taken from the Preface of the Carmelite Missal for the Mass honoring Saint John of the Cross:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks as we honor St. John of the Cross. His life and teaching set before us anew the mystery of Christ's Cross and victory. He has taught us to make up what is wanting in Christ's passion, and to share and proclaim the joy of his resurrection. Inwardly strengthened by the living flame of Your Spirit, he ascended in darkness to the heights of divine union as he sang canticles of Your love, the Church's greatest treasure.
This is also the time of Advent. For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation, click on ADVENT
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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PROVERB OF THE DAY"The ear that hears, and the eye that sees - the Lord has made them both." Proverbs 20: 12
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No amount of reason can deny that knowledge can only mature into wisdom through the Holy Spirit |
On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we continue with the ninth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The ninth installment continues the fourth chapter The Relationship between Faith and Reason focusing on "The enduring originality of the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas" in which the Holy Father continues his thought begun in the first chapter in which he took the reader from the Apostles to Saint Augustine. Now he delves specifically into the other "bookend" of the greatest Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas with reasserts the wisdom of this great saint on faith and reason who relied on the Holy Spirit to discern and determine "what is." For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the ninth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Self-esteem can only be groomed in God's mirror!
As we prepare for Christmas, we continue to bring you the signature feature of Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. who constantly preaches living in the heart. In today's installment he shows that if we are rooted in God and have our hearts set on Him alone, then we have no need to fear what others may say or think. But, too often, we place more emphasis on the opinions of others and, when we do this, we reveal where our heart really is...and that becomes the major problem. For Father's column How to pray with the heart part four , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
We can better root out pride from our hearts when we are on our knees as humble servants
The Blessed Mother in Message #314 hits home on the issue Father Valenta speaks about above when she zeroes in on the root of the problem: Pride. For it is our lack of humility that enables the evil one to infiltrate our minds, hearts and souls. Her Divine Son Jesus follows up in Message #315, imparted on March 29, 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, that true humility calls for all to bow and bend their knee to Him as King of Kings and to exhibit this where He is always truly present - in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. By showing Him this utmost respect we are constantly reminded that only through Him can we be free of Pride - for of ourselves we are nothing, but with God we are everything. For the messages 314 and 315, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
Catholic World News Service
Argentina enhances Feast of Annunciation by honoring the unborn while Columbia slips toward legalized abortion, but bishops ready to fight back
In one South America country the government strongly defended the sanctity of life, while in another they are dangerously close to embracing the culture of death. Argentina's President Carlos Menem declared March 25th would be dedicated as the Day of the Unborn Child, sharing with the Feast of the Annunciation. Menem had consulted with the Holy Father last month before making the declaration, appropriately on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Columbia did not consult the Pope and no one is surprised with the plans of a pro-death senator who has introduced legislature to decriminalize abortion which, if passed, would be the next step toward legalizing abortion in this Catholic country. The Columbia bishops are solidly against passage of such a bill portending to the consequences for the unborn if it is passed. For more, click on Sanctity of Life
Irish terrorist who targeted Catholics for killing gets his due with life imprisonment but tensions still high in streets of Belfast
The streets of Belfast might be a bit safer now that confessed Catholic-killer Gary Martin Quinn has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his terrorist acts of murder against Catholics over the last several years of which he showed little remorse. Even with this Protestant loyalist locked away, tensions are still high because of conflicsts between Catholics and Protestants, especially this past weekend during the annual Protestant parades through Catholic neighborhoods even though the Orange were asked not to incite emotions by bypassing the Catholic areas. But they refused and the result is more violence. Will it never end? For more, click on Irish ills.
Down-under Bishops united as Synod of Oceania comes to a close in Rome
Calling for a united front in living the gospel before preaching it to the flocks, the Bishops gathering in Rome for the Oceania Synod proclaimed various closing statements stretching from reaching out to others, especially minorities to the dire shortage of priests as the Holy Father officially closed the session of this Synod in Rome. He will officially close it next year when he travels to Australia to a city not yet determined, much in the same manner he will be officially closing the Synod of the Americas in Mexico City in January after their month-long Synod in Rome last December. It is the Church custom for the bishops to come to meet with the Bishop of Rome, then for the Pope to close the Synod in a city/country of that Synod's continent. For more, click on Oceania Synod.
No Dutch treat as Holland sinks further into moral decay with allowance of same-sex unions
Oh how the mighty Netherlands have fallen! Once a strong Catholic country, the past several decades have seen this proud Dutch country deteriorate into a godless land. The fall and decline of Holland began shortly after Vatican II when priests and nuns discarded the roman collar and habit respectively and sought to "blend in" more with the secular populace. So much so they got lost and, in the process, lost their souls as attendance at Catholic masses dwindled to a handful at Sunday Masses. Liberal modernism snuck in and pretty soon any semblance to Roman Catholicism was hard to find. That opened the door wide for satan's schemes which now are manifesting the bad fruits in the passage by the Cabinet of legalizing same-sex marriages which, in effect, is slapping God in the face with the sin of sodomy. For more, click on Souls in Dutch.
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Events today in Church History
On this date 1131 and 1126 years ago respectively Pope Hadrian II was elected and died, the only Supreme Pontiff to come in and go on the same date of the month - his death coming exactly after five years from his election. He was also the last legally married Pope and convened the 8th Ecumenical Council. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES