December 2, 1998
First Wednesday of Advent
December 2, 1998

vol. 9, no. 234


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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Events today in Church History
     On this date in 1967, the esteemed and revered Cardinal Francis J. Spellman, the beloved Archbishop of New York, passed away. Thousands upon thousands of mourners lined up inside and outside St. Patrick's Cathedral to say goodbye to this dear friend of the people and upholder of the faith. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Today is the First Wednesday of AdventSaint Francis Xavier while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Jesuit missionary priest Saint Francis Xavier. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on St. Francis Xavier, click on LITURGY

      For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation during Advent, click on ADVENT

394 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
The Gospa's message for November

    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


  • Messages 300, 301 and 302 in our daily dose of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 3rd

  • LITURGY for Thursday, Feast of Saint Francis Xavier and First Friday of Advent and Feast of Saint John Damascus, priest and Doctor of the Church.

  • ...and much more in our 235th issue for 1998!

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Grotto of Our Lady of BetaniaOpen-air chapel near Grotto in Betania where faithful flock for outdoor MassesVisionary Maria Esperanza di Bianchini kneeling in prayer
Be Reconciled in the Refuge of Reconciliation through Mary, Reconciler of nations in this Age of Marian Apparitions
      In today's installment on the Apparitions at Betania, Venezuela, we bring you the first message to Betania visionary Maria Esperanza di Bianchini from the Blessed Mother who identified herself as the "Reconciler" and linked her appearances in Venezuela with those of Lourdes nearly a century and a half ago. Our Lady reiterates that there is no "class system" with mankind for all are God's children. She reiterates the importance of embracing her Divine Son Jesus and being willing to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation" to help bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. For the chapter, A Message of Unity and Reconciliation , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

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December Decorations that can illuminate our hearts with nourishment
     It might be strange to bring you a story of baseball in December, but clear away the snow and open your heart for the diamond game story we bring you today is timeless as Hall of Fame great and Corporal Works of Mercy crusader Roberto Clemente may have discovered when he entered the pearly gates. We also bring you a short, whimsical bit on things or situations that we may regard as truths but more often fall in line with suppositions. For the vignettes, A Grace-full game! and Simple finite truths!, click on DECEMBER DECORATIONS THAT ENHANCE FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

"I need your unity of mind and heart, your willingness to be My humble instruments and My innocent victims in order to fulfill Scripture and bring My Mother's Heart to triumph."
Sacred and Merciful Heart of our Suffering Lord Queen of Prophets
      Jesus Christ pulls no punches in His Message #299 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart at the beginning of Lent 1993 in which He chastises those who strive to defeat His mission by dividing through attacks on His messengers. He asks His faithful ones " to cease all rumors, gossiping and slander" which cause confusion, doubt and contribute to His adversary satan's scheme. This message is just as timely today as some continue to malign messengers and Medjugorje. Sadly, they do not realize they are playing right into the evil one's hands. His Blessed Mother Mary precedes her Divine Son's Message with Message #298 in which she pleads with her children to root out pride and to be obedient to the Church. She weeps at the destruction so many do by attacking others and she warns that this deters her Immaculate Heart from triumphing sooner. For these two powerful Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE
with a Catholic slant provided by Catholic World News Service
    It will be a very Merry Christmas in Cuba this year!
    Cuban government reinstates the birth of Christ as a holiday and holyday      Long known as another "Scrooge", Fidel Castro and his communist regime have evidently caught the "Christmas spirit" or could it be the Holy Spirit as fruits of the Pope's visit there nearly a year ago? Pope's visit bears more fruit with acknowledgement of our Savior's birth throughout the island The latter would seem to be true as the authorities have agreed to restore Christmas permanently this year and hereafter and it all stems from the granting of celebrating Christmas last year in preparation for the papal visit which has produced so many good fruits for a nation so long hungry for the faith and traditions. For more, click on Cuba.

    Vatican envoys findings in Hurricane-ravaged Nicaragua shows spirit of the faith
    Vatican envoy tours hurricane-ravaged sitesHurricane Mitch victims and relief aid workers working well in a spirit of cooperation      Archbishop Paul Joseph Cordes, the personal envoy of the Holy Father, has been impressed with the courage and faith of the victims of Hurricane Mitch as he continues his visit to the refugee camps throughout Nicaragua, one of the countries where the storm hit the hardest, leaving thousands homeless. He imparted a personal message from the Pope and encouraged the faithful to persevere for God nor His Church will ever forsake them. He was especially impressed at their fervor for reserving a cherished spot for the Mass to be said outside so all could be nourished by the Holy Eucharist. The prelate will next visit El Salvador, then Honduras and Guatamala before returning to Rome. For more, click on Hurricane Mitch victims

    Media at it again in spreading rumors that Pope is ill but he responds by keeping a busy schedule and meeting with bishops from South Seas
    Holy Father may be getting old but he's not slowing down       Italian journalists are once again spreading rumors that the Holy Father is ailing, spawning assumptions that he will die soon, but the Vatican has reacted by citing his busy schedule which shows no signs of slowing down as evident from his participation in the Oceania Synod presently going on at the Vatican as well as papal audiences and appointments. One of those was with the bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon islands during their ad limina visit in which he beseeched them to end the violence there due to ancient tribal rivalries. For more, click on Busy Pope

    Political suspicions aroused in Mexico after release of kidnapped priest and non-release of findings of murder of Cardinal
    Mexico, site of much unrest, still grappling with clergy persecution
          Just as the great volcano silhouetting the sky above Mexico City is rumbling, there are rumblings coming out of the release of a Mexican priest who seems to be caught in the middle as corruption within the system seeks to erode the evangelization efforts of priests in rehabilitating the young away from a life of crime and drugs. Meanwhile, at the same time the findings of another clergy member who was shot to death Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo by drug dealers in 1994 was delayed for inexplicable reasons even though the deadline for revealing the government's details was supposed to be Monday. It just added fuel to what many already suspect: that the cardinal's murder was orchestrated by those within the political system and that he was not a "mistaken drug dealer" as police had asserted. For more, click on Mexico.

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"When the wicked prevail, crime increases; but their downfall the just will behold."
Proverbs 29: 16

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