December 21, 1998
Final Week of Advent

December 21, 1998

vol. 9, no. 246


Christ is coming
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Fr. Stephen Valenta's column Hearts to Heart Talk


This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Final Monday of Advent
     Today is the Final Monday of Late Advent as well as the optional feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit priest and Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow is the Final Tuesday of Late Advent. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on Saint Peter Canisius, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Sixth Day of Las Posadas, Christmas Novena and Advent Prayers
      This is the Sixth Day of Las Posadas, the Sixth Day of the Christmas Novena when we honor "Dayspring" and the final week of Advent Prayers.. For the special Novena Prayers for this day during this time of preparation, click on ADVENT & CHRISTMAS NOVENA PRAYERS

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

Events today in Church History
     On this date in 1117 Saint Thomas Becket was born. He would go on to become a great archbishop of Canterbury who would achieve the laurels of martyrdom on December 29th fifty-three years later in 1170 when he would be murdered in the cathedral by four of the king's knights. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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  • Installment Eighty-five in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

  • Part one of "River of Mercy" by Archbishop Charles Chaput in MITERS THAT MATTER

  • Messages 326 and 327 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 22nd.

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Final Tuesday and Wednesday of Late Advent.

  • ...and much more in our 247th issue!

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GIF images used with permission of EWTN Many modern philosophers "abandon the search for truth" when they abandon faith.
     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 tenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The tenth installment continues the fourth chapter The Relationship between Faith and Reason focusing on "The drama of the separation of faith and reason" in which the Holy Father continues his thought begun in the previous parts of this chapter in which he took the reader from the Apostles to Saint Thomas Aquinas. In today's installment he brings the reader up to modern time as he shows the theater of the absurd when modern philosophers "abandon the search for truth" when they abandon faith. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the tenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Satan cannot penetrate the heart if we put up the shield of Faith!
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.     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 points out that even though satan is constantly assaulting our minds, he cannot touch our heart if we truly know how to protect it through prayer and faith in Jesus Christ Who provides the armor to fend off the slings and arrows of the world. If we use our free will as God intended and freely choose to obey His Will, we have no fear of the onslaughts of the evil one. For Father's column How to pray with the heart part five , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

"The riches God has given you shall be taken away for you disregard His Law and proclaim yourselves as gods who alone have the right to choose life or destroy it."
Immaculate Heart of Mary     Those alarming words above from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #324 should wake up America even more today than they did when imparted between Easter Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday in 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady insists that if we pray, we can have an effect on turning things around for God, but if we persist in our stubbornness, God's Justice will replace His Mercy. She reinforces this in Message #325 when she laments over the fact that "so many of my Divine Son's shepherds have already lost their faith, and cause many others to lose theirs." For the messages 324 and 325, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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    Vatican verification of Padre Pio's miraculous intercession sets stage for his beatification date to be announced today
    Miracle documented, beatification of Padre Pio to be set today       Today the Holy See will officially set the date for the beatification of Padre Pio, the beloved and obedient mystic and stigmatic priest who has touched millions in the 20th Century. Only a Vatican verification of a miracle through the Venerable Padre Pio's intercession was left to clear the next hurdle. That obstacle will be taken care of today when the Holy See announces it as well as setting the date for this beloved Capuchin's beatification date which many think will be May of next year. For more, click on Padre Pio

    No one is immune from the flu bug this time of year, including the Holy Father!
    Pope has canceled his schedule up until Christmas as he recovers from flu bugPope has the flu bug      It has been called the "great equalizer" that can floor prince and pauper alike, even the Pope. That, of course, is something we're all familiar with: the flu bug. The Vatican announced late last week that Pope John Paul II had contracted the influenza and therefore had no choice but to cancel his scheduled appointments this week until he has recuperated. Vatican medical experts are taking special precautions because of the Pope's age and hectic pace for a man his age for, if his illness is not tended to, it can develop into pneumonia. For more, click on Flu bug bites Pope.

    Archbishop speaks out about the flood of graces available through the "River of Mercy"
    Archbishop Charles J. ChaputArchidiocese of Denver Pastoral Letter       Too many priests and bishops have been too silent about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but not Archbishop Charles J. Chaput who felt it so important he devoted a Pastoral Letter to the subject entitled "River of Mercy" which he wrote December 2, 1998. In it he cites the importance of Advent and an acute conscience in preparing ourselves to receive the "fruits of joy, not fear." He calls on all Catholics in his Archdiocese to take advantage of this great Sacrament more often and to rely on the healing effects of Confession in a penitent's journey toward sanctity. The first of two parts on this Pastoral Letter will be carried in tomorrow's issue in MITERS THAT MATTER. For more, click on River of Mercy.

    Icy relations continue between Catholic and Jew over cross controversy at Auschwitz
    Crosses at Auschwitz are a bone of contention with JewsIsraeli interests want to eliminate even the permanent cross of commemoration of Pope's visit      The controversy over the crosses outside Auschwitz has added to the disagreements between the Vatican and Israel over archives regarding the holocaust and Christian access for all Christians in Jerusalem. We can understand Israel's frustration that the temporary crosses, erected outside Auschwitz in Poland by overly-zealous Catholics, have not been removed yet even though the Polish government has promised they would be. Yet the removal of crosses by the government would remind too many of what the communists did and they are hesitant to rile Polish Catholics. What would really rile Polish Catholics is Israel's demand to have the large permanent cross removed honoring the Holy Father's prayerful visit to Auschwitz. Israel wants exclusivity for Jewish victims, but they fail to realize thousands and thousands of Catholics died there as well including the martyrs Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Saint Edith Stein. For more, click on Auschwitz argument.

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