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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents when King Herod, in search of eliminating the threat of the boy-king Jesus Christ ordered the slaughter of all first-born males under two-years old, forcing the Holy Family to flee into Egypt. Tomorrow is the Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and story of the Holy Innocents, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In commemoration of the Holy Innocents, today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass:
Father, the Holy Innocents offered You praise by their death they suffered for Christ. May our lives bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips.
Events today in Church History
On this date 120 years ago Pope Leo XIII published his second encyclical Quod Apostolici muneris. It was the first of many he would publish on the growing menace known as communism. This 256th successor of Peter was a luminary in foreseeing the blood red sickle that would shadow half of Europe and two thirds of Asia in the coming years. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Medjugorje Monthly Message for DECEMBER 25th
Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little
children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Final Issue of 1998! NEW YEAR'S ISSUE
- Final Commentary of 1998 in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Part two of "River of Mercy" by Archbishop Charles Chaput in MITERS THAT MATTER
- Messages 330 and 331 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 29th through January 3rd.
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for December 29th through January 3rd, 1999 including the Solemnity of the Mary, Mother of God on New Year's Day.
- ...and much more in our 250th and final issue for 1998!
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Pope asserts that all must rely on the Magisterium of the Church in discerning philosophies that could help or harm the faithful of Holy Mother Church. |
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 eleventh part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The eleventh installment begins the fifth chapter The Magisterium's interventions in philosophical matters focusing on "The Magisterium's discernment as diakonia of the truth" in which the Holy Father asserts the Church's Magisterium's responsibility of determining which philosophies are in accord with Church teaching or go against the Doctrines of Holy Mother Church. He emphasizes the necessity to rely on this body of discerners and be obedient to their findings as the "diakonia of truth." For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the eleventh installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
We cannot hope to achieve heartfelt prayer with God unless we put our minds to it!
As we prepare for the final year of the second millennium, 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 we cannot love ourselves if we do not love God and to love Him means to know Him as the basic tenets of the Catechism state: "to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him and be happy with Him in this world and the next." For Father's column How to pray with the heart part six , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"I do solemnly tell you that the great trial breaks upon your world. But you are blind to it."
Those words of Motherly concern above from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #328 and followed up in Message #329 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in the last part of the month of April 1993. Our Lady links the trials and satan's deceit to the growing lack of reverence for her Divine Son Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. That is the only refuge we have once her visits are over, which are fast coming to a close. For the messages 328 and 329, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
"On the fourth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, four calling birds."
The four calling birds represent the four Gospels where truly the Word of God through Jesus and His life for all of us to emulate was recorded. Since Catholics were not allowed to keep bibles or preach during those times, they reinforced others through the song to read the Gospels in private and live it.
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Holy Father announces Birth of Christ as the turning point in history at Papal Midnight Christmas Mass
At a solemn Christmas Midnight Mass in a packed St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father looked ahead toward next Christmas when he will, as he expressed "God willing" open the great Holy Door for Jubilee 2000. He echoed the traditional Christmas message in his homily and concelebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass televised to millions all over the world. Recuperating from the flu, the Pope looked feeble as he used his patented silver crosier crucifix as a solid crutch in walking to and from the great altar down the entire center aisle of the huge basilica. For more, click on Pope's Christmas Homily
Thanks to a devoted Austrian priest the world can hear a Silent Night at Christmas
The year was 1818 and a young Austrian priest, with an ear for music and a heart for the sublime, penned the beloved Christmas hymn "Silent Night" which for the past 180 years has remained a stalwart Christmas carol for millions upon millions at this time of year. We present the story of how this most loved and popular of Christmas carols came to be. For more, click on Silent Night.
Another priest shot to death, this time in Sardinia
In a year when an alarming number of priests and religious have been murdered, another priest was killed in Nuoro, Sardinia when Father Graziano Muntoni was shot in the chest just before celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many believe the killer's motive was revenge for the 57-year-old priest's crusade against crime in the region while he was a politician before being ordained eight years ago. For more, click on Another martyr.
Ireland's "Dr. Death" meets death as he succumbs to cancer
Many on the emerald isle are hopefull the issue of euthanasia has died and abortion weakened with the death of Ireland's leading advocate of euthanasia. Patrick Leahy, a physician from Dublin had long been a thorn in the Church's side, outwardly prescribing contraceptives and disdaining the Sanctity of Life by advocating assisted suicide and abortion in this strong Catholic country. Whether he died of natural causes or induced by self-euthanasia is still not known. For more, click on Irish Dr. Death.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Even by his manners the child betrays whether his conduct is innocent and right." Proverbs 20: 11
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