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Events today in Church History
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Third Wednesday of Advent followed by the Third Thursday of Advent. We also celebrate today the beginning of Las Posadas, a Mexican tradition that originated in the 16th century, acting out the birth of Jesus and the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in search of a shelter so the Messiah could be brought into this world to save all mankind. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
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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"He who loves wisdom makes his Father glad, but he who consorts with harlots squanders his wealth." Proverbs 29: 3
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- LITURGY for the Third Thursday and Third Friday of Advent.
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From Betania Our Lady's words resonate to the rest of the world in calling her children to be "Ambassadors of Reconciliation!"|
In today's installment we complete our eleven-segment series on the Apparitions at Betania, Venezuela with the Blessed Virgin Mary's and the Church's call for all faithful to be "Ambassadors of Reconciliation." But we can only be these special envoys of God's if we know our faith and are truly reconciled through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and through a commitment to follow God's Holy Will in all things. If we do that, then, as Our Lady instructs us at Betania and elsewhere, and as the Church teaches, we can be a great help in the harvesting of souls for forgiveness is paramount in the life of sanctity which we should all strive toward. We also focus on the role of priests and how we can help Mary's priest-sons through prayer and cooperation. For the chapter, A Call to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation", click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
December Decorations that can illuminate our hearts and provide the perfect present for the Christ Child at Christmas
Christmas is an emotional time and today we bring you two emotional stories that are sure to dig deep at the heart. One is titled "The True Friar" and zeroes in on the essence of what Saint Francis of Assisi intended for his people; the second is a moving story that will bring a tear of good cheer to they eye and heart entitled "Two Babes in a manger." For both of these Holiday vignettes, click on DECEMBER DECORATIONS THAT ENHANCE FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
"How I suffer when I behold these stone cold hearts which My Divine Light and Love cannot penetrate."
Those striking words come from the Sacred Heart of Jesus as He laments the lukewarm, lax hearts of so many. This 318th Message was imparted on Palm Sunday, 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart and was followed up a day later on April 5th by His Blessed Mother Mary in which she re-emphasizes all her Divine Son conveyed, warning of the pitfalls ahead if we do not heed His call to convert and immerse ourselves in His Sacred Passion. Our Lady weeps as she says, "my Sorrowful Heart is pierced anew because so many are lost to the Truth." For these two moving messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Respecting human rights at the root of world peace Pope proclaims as he releases annual message for World Day of Peace ahead of time
In a somewhat surprising move, the Holy Father's annual message for January 1st's World Day of Peace was released to the media two weeks ahead of time so that all could savor what the Pope is saying and do some soul-searching in an effort to achieve true world peace. He reiterated that the culture of death is not the avenue towards this, emphasizing the importance of the culture of life and the fair treatment of all in respect to living conditions, economic conditions and the freedom to worship. He tied his message in with the 50th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration by the UN and called for all countries and peoples to examine their consciences and for governments to establish new laws that protect the sanctity of life as well as living conditions for all God's children. For more, click on World Day of Peace Papal Message.
Northern Ireland bracing for retaliation by Orange Protestants who oppose Good Friday peace pact
Northern Ireland authorities and Roman Catholics are bracing for possible violence from the radical Protestant Orange Order which has made no secret they are out to unsettle the peace in Northern Ireland, especially around the neighborhoods of greater Belfast. The latest alarm comes on the heels of the Parade Commission's decision to ban any marching by the Orange Order through a Catholic vicinity where violence broke out before and three Catholic boys were murdered by members of this Order which has been a vocal opponent of the Catholic-Protestant peace accord agreed to last April. For more, click on Uprising in Northern Ireland
Guatamala's Archbishop confirms that hospitalized priest, framed for the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conendra last April, is in grave condition.
The scapegoat priest, being framed for the brutal murder of human rights leader Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conendra last April, "is deteriorating fast" according to Guatamala's ranking Archbishop Prospero Penados del Barrio who has been visiting Father Manuel Orantes in his hospital room. The Archbishop, along with most Catholics in Guatamala and around the world, believes Fr. Orantes is being framed for the Bishop's murder and that it is all a coverup by the military to prevent the real culprits being brought to justice. , who has been unfairly held, came down with pneumonia and was whisked from his jail cell to a hospital to be treated. Many are also suspicious that his jailers were going to be content to just let Fr. Manuel waste away for he had contracted a lung disease which turned into pneumonia and which has debilitated this once robust cleric. As we said last week, unfair imprisonment by a corrupt government will do that to you! For more, click on ailing victim priest
Croatian government agrees to reinstate Church property and privileges in aftermath of communist confiscation
Church property siezed by the former communist regime in Croatia is being returned to the Church under a pact agreed to by the Vatican and current Croatian government. The Holy Father met Tuesday with some of the bishops from the Croatian Bishops' Conference who played a key role in the agreement with Rome. Under the current accord, the Church will be allowed to flourish and is free to minister to the Croatian flocks which assures a long-standing pastoral process in this country which has so long raised the banner of Catholicism. In comments at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II lauded the agreement as the Croatian government affirming "the
importance of the Church to society." For more, click on Croatia.
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