LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend, after commemorating the Third Friday and Third Saturday of Late Advent, we commemorate the Fourth and final Sunday of Advent before heading into the stretch run to Christmas at the end of the week. For the liturgies, readings and meditations for this weekend, click on LITURGY
"Be not afraid. I am with you... Cling to Me by means of My Cross, by My True Presence in the Holy Eucharist."
The reassuring words above were conveyed by the Risen Christ to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Easter Sunday, 1993 in which Our Lord reiterates that His Blessed Mother's apparitions and messages are His gift of Mercy to His children because of Mary's asking. She also asks that all adore her Divine Son on bended knee in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady prefaces this in Message 322 on Holy Saturday in which she calls for Hope and equates her Divine Son's in the sepulchre to the Holy Mother Church residing in a "tomb" because of the heresies that are so prevalent. For messages 322 and 323 from Our Lady and Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
- Tenth 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 324 and 325 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- December 19th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Final Week of Late Advent.
- ...and much more in our 246th issue for 1998!
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Holy See strongly condemns attacks on Iraq as Holy Father prays and pleas for peace
Less than a week after the Holy Father lauded the UN on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and one day after he had released his papal message for World Day of Peace on January 1, the United States and England attacked Iraq, bringing "great sadness" to the Sovereign Pontiff who has filed a formal protest with the UN and expressed his strong condemnation of this inhumanitarian attack on innocent people in an attempt to unseat one man. Immediately the Pope began appealing to all world leaders to reach a peaceful solution. For more, click on Pope's condemnation of attack.
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch lambasts US for attacks
Calling the attack on Iraq by Bill Clinton an overt act of hostility that "immoral, planned by moralists who have no morals," the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid joined the Pope in Rome to roundly condemn America's aerial attack on Baghdad. He was quick to point out the lies by Clinton throughout his presidency and that no one should believe him now, making strong assertions that the pressure Clinton is under with possible impeachment and to the need to win over both Israel and Palestine played a major role in Clinton's motivation. He asserted that had the Arab nations been united, the US would never have been so bold. He doubts these efforts will unseat Saddam Hussein whom Bidawid would like to see removed, but not at the cost of innocent people. For more, click on Chaldean Catholics
Polish leader laments attacks on Iraq because of innocents who will suffer, claims Holy Father sadder than usual
In a private audience with his dear friend Pope John Paul II on Thursday, former Polish leader Lech Walesa confirmed the Holy Father is greatly troubled over the innocent blood that will be shed for the purpose of a few. The Pope is greatly concerned that any possible peace process in the mideast will unravel now as the Islam nations balk. Walesa, in Rome to talk with the Holy Father about his trip to Poland next year, equated it to a battle between third-world interests and the rich and questions if it is really necessary. Both men are well versed in battling despot regimes from their time in Poland opposing communism. For more, click on Lech Walesa.
Archbishop urges communicators to convey Catholicism in all communications to enhance the "civilization of love."
A new phrase is catching on at the International Congress of Catholic Communicators continuing in Guadalajara, Mexico: "civilization of love." The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley has emphasized that Catholic communicators in diocesan publications around the world and religious media can be great conveyors of the "civilization of love" by affirming and teaching the ethics God expects through the doctrines and teachings of the Church which the faithful need to be reminded of constantly. For more, click on civilization of love
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"He who seeks the good commands favor, but he who pursues evil will have evil befall him." Proverbs 11: 27
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In God we trust! In these two men with two different ideologies we don't! For they are holding their countries hostage in promoting the culture of death |
In this weekend's editorial we were hoping we could speak about something other than Bill Clinton since we devoted so much time to this last Tuesday, but the shocking events of this past few days has given us no alternative but to speak out strongly against his actions and the actions and baiting of his antagonist Saddam Hussein - both disciples of the devil. In fact, we not only dedicate our entire editorial to agreeing with the Holy Father but bring you the succeeding two articles - this weekend's column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Cyndi Cain in "Symphony of Suffering." The bottom line is that when either "Slick Willie" or "Sly Saddam" speak out against the other it is akin to the "pot calling the kettle black" for both have embraced the culture of death with no respect for the sanctity of life, much like two rulers in the early Church - King Herod and the Emperor Nero. For this weekend's hardhitting commentary Saddam and Clinton are cut from the same cloth
woven by a tailor named satan! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
The refrain "Peace on earth" is really only hollow rhetoric unless we are truly committed to God's Peace, not man's
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto tackles the current crisis in Iraq and warns of what could erupt from Clinton's rash actions that has the entire world reeling. Could it be the tip of the iceberg that will smash the titanic hull of the "false peace" we've been assuming is real? Could it be the beginning siren of World War III? Sister Lucy reminds us of what the Blessed Virgin Mary has said at Fatima and Medjugorje and urges us all to heed her warnings. For Sister's column, Peace on earth??? , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The refrains from the White House are sending nothing but sour notes!
In this weekend's issue Cyndi Cain is righteously angry and saddened by the actions of Bill Clinton both domestically with the lurid details that have been dragged through the media for months and his callous disregard for human life by single-handedly calling for air strikes on Iraq at a most inopportune time for all but him. She syllogizes that the whole confusing impeachment issue can be settled very simply as she logically arrives at her conclusions with "A symphony with too many flat notes that has fallen on its clef". For her twenty-second sonata, click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the special Novena Prayer for the days covered in this issue during this time of preparation in Late Advent and for the Christmas Novena, coinciding with the Third, Fourth and Sixth Days of Las Posadas in preparation for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Jesus, click on ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS NOVENA
Events this weekend in Church History
On December 18th of 1935 Pope Pius XI could see the rumblings on the horizon in Europe with Adolf Hitler making waves and thus, he issued his 14th encyclical entreating the faithful for prayers for world peace, just as Pope John Paul II calls for today between the US and mideast countries, specifically Iraq. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on December 18th through December 20th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES