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MONDAY      December 21, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 246

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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.

POPE JOHN PAUL II'S 13TH ENCYCLICAL ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON RELEASED OCTOBER 16, 1998

NEXT WEEK: CHAPTER V: THE MAGISTERIUM'S INTERVENTIONS IN PHILOSOPHICAL MATTERS The Magisterium's discernment as diakonia of the truth

Satan cannot penetrate the heart if we put up the shield of Faith!

      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

How to Pray with the Heart part five


"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."

      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..."

Messages Three Hundred-Twenty-four and Three Hundred-Twenty-five

Message Three Hundred-Twenty-four, April 13, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-Twenty-five, April 16, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)

LITURGY OF THE DAY

     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.

Monday, December 21, 1998

Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, priest and Doctor of the Church

     This Dutch-born Jesuit priest played a key role in the landmark Council of Trent and played a vital role in debating the Protestant heresies throughout Europe, especially in his native Netherlands and Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Poland. He was a great eloquent preacher sought by prince and pauper alike. He served as mediator between Holy Roman Emperors and Popes. He also founded the University of Fribourg in 1580. One of his most famous works was "Manuel of Catholics" and is referred to as the "Second Apostle of Germany," giving way to the great Saint Boniface as the "First Apostle of Germany." Because of Peter's efforts, the counter-reformation was a resounding success in Bavaria. In 1591 he suffered a stroke which hindered his speaking engagements, but he continued his writings with the help of a scribe as he dictated to him. Six years later, at the age of 76 this noble man died at Fribourg. Pope Pius XI canonized him in 1925, at the same time declaring him a distinguished Doctor of the Church.

Tuesday, December 22, 1998


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      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

ADVENT NOVENA PRAYER

PRAYER for December 21: Fourth Monday of Advent

CHRISTMAS NOVENA (LAS POSADAS) PRAYERS

The earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has on record is the Christmas novena, which commemorates the nine months during which the Christ-child was carried in the womb of His Mother and coincides with the 16th century Mexican tradition of Las Posadas. This Christmas Novena carries an Indulgence of 7 years once on any day as taken from the "Blessed Be God" Prayer Book, 1959.

PRAYER for December 21: SIXTH DAY OF LAS POSADAS


November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

PROVERB OF THE DAY

"Many are declared to be men of virtue; but who can find one worthy of trust?"

Proverbs 20: 6


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December 21, 1998 volume 9, no. 246   DAILY CATHOLIC