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MONDAY      December 14, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 241

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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.


NEXT WEEK: The drama of the separation of faith and reason

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

How to Pray with the Heart part four

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..."

Messages Three Hundred-fourteen and Three Hundred-fifteen

Message Three Hundred-fourteen, March 28, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-fifteen, March 29, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)


     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.

Monday, December 14, 1998

December 14: Feast of Saint John of the Cross, Carmelite priest and Doctor of the Church

Tuesday, December 15, 1998


      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


PRAYER for December 14: Third Monday of Advent - Feast of St. John of the Cross

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"The ear that hears, and the eye that sees - the Lord has made them both."

Proverbs 20: 12

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December 14, 1998 volume 9, no. 241   DAILY CATHOLIC