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Events in Church History
Today is 53rd anniversary of the ordination of Cardinal John J. O'Connor, ranking prelate of the United States and current Archbishop of New York City. He became a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For other pertinent 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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PROVERB OF THE DAY"A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray." Proverbs 10: 17
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today and tomorrow we commemorate the Third Tuesday and Wednesday of Advent. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation during Advent, click on ADVENT
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- Part Eleven of The New Lourdes: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- December Decorations illuminating our FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 16th.
- Liturgy of the Day for the Third Wednesday and Third Thursday of Advent.
- ...and much more in our 243rd issue for 1998!
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O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see Clinton lie! with a Catholic slant
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In today's editorial we are appalled how everyone keeps glorifying Bill Clinton and all the good he has done for the country. We remind the reader what Jesus says in Matthew 7: 15-20, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them." That, in a nutshell, illustrates Clinton's soul and it does not bode good for mankind for he is today in Bethlehem as we equate the actions of this man with another who harassed the innocent in Bethlehem nearly 2000 years ago - King Herod. For today's commentary entitled O little town of Bethlehem. Beware! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
France prepares for war with England as Cistercian Pope Benedict XII wages war against laxity among religious orders, bringing the Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans and Cistercians back to their Order's Holy Rules.
We resume our journey through the Popes at Avignon with the focus today on Pope Benedict XII, 197th successor in the line of Peter. This Cistercian-monk was thrown into the throes of political upheaval in France as the new French monarch King Philip VI was preparing for war with England - a war that would break out three years into Benedict's pontificate and a war that would be called the One Hundred Year War even though it lasted an interminable 116 years. While Benedict had made overtures to return the papacy to Rome, the tense atmosphere of war and the unstable unrest in Rome prompted Benedict to think better of that decision and, thus, he further entrenched the papacy at Avignon even going so far as to build on to the palace. One other thing he did was build up the commitments of religious orders in reforming them to return to the spirit of their original rules. For the eighty-third installment titled Propped up by satan, humanism raises its ugly head in the fourteenth century , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
" Of all that I suffered physically in My Sacred Passion the greatest agony was My interior torture from all those who would reject Me, and seek their own will."
Those profound words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the 316th Message near Holy Week of 1993 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord pleads for His litte ones to come adore Him in the Holy Eucharist and allow our hearts and souls to drink from the Font of Divine Mercy. His Blessed Mother Mary follows up her Divine Son's words with Message #317 on the eve of Palm Sunday, urging all to be rooted in His Passion and Death, "anchored to the Cross." For the powerful messages 316 and 317, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Faithful show outpouring of love for Patroness of the Americas on Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
All over the western hemisphere fervent prayers, devotions, special Masses and festivities were offered this past weekend in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Nowhere was this more evident than at the Shrine of Guadalupe near Tepeyac Hill where the Blessed Virgin appeared to Blessed Juan Diego 467 years ago. Over three million swarmed the Shrine grounds this weekend just outside Mexico City beneath a graying sky, sooted because of the rumbling Mt. Popo that has been spewing smoke and volcanic ash for the past week high into the air. For more, click on Guadalupe.
Oceania Synod finishes on high note as Archbishops and Bishops realize you can't sugarcoat the faith, for the shepherds must be the "salt of the earth."
Archbishop George Pell of Melbourne pinpointed the essence of the Oceania Synod when he quoted Cardinal Ratzinger's remarks, "we are called to be the salt of the earth, not sugar or artificial sweetening! Our duty is to comprehend ever more fully the teaching of Christ, not to reduce or "improve" it to suit ourselves." That also was the message conveyed by the Holy Father as he presided over the closing Mass and ceremonies this past weekend, assuring all that compromise will only water down the faith and make efforts for evangelization and teaching that much harder. For more, click on Oceania Synod.
Special CD on Padre Pio released in Italy in anticipation of the faithful flocking to his grave and other sites related to this mystical stigmatist
A new CD was released in Italy this past week which documents the life of the mystic Capuchin priest Padre Pio who was declared venerable a year ago in the process toward beatification and eventual canonization. Many are anticipating a flood of pilgrims to descend on San Giovanni Rotundo in Southeastern Italy along the Adriatic Sea this year, but record numbers during the Jubilee 2000 year when Italy will be overrun with faithful pilgrims from Rome to Assisi to Loreto to Padre Pio's tomb and other sites regarding this holy priest who bore the visible stigmata. For more, click on Padre Pio.
Newsweek article stirs rumors about Holy Father's health again as Pope continues his hectic schedule
Claiming that Parkinson Disease is taking its toll on the Holy Father, the US Magazine Newsweek is stirring up rumors once again about the Pope's health despite the fact he remains the most active, busiest pontiff in history. Yet the article portends that soon Pope John Paul II will become so frail he won't be able to deliver his talks personally and will need to rest more. Resting is what most 77-year-olds do, but His Holiness is no ordinary man for he realizes, to paraphrase Robert Frost that "he has miles to go before he sleeps." While many reporters corroborate Newsweek's findings, just as many point to the tremendous stamina of this Polish Pope who has reigned over the universal Church for over two decades. For more, click on Pope and Parkinson's
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