December 3, 1998
Feast of Saint Francis Xavier

December 3, 1998

vol. 9, no. 235

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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

Pope Saint Zachary was elected on this day
      On this date in 741, Pope Saint Zachary was elected the 91st successor of Peter. His eleven year pontificate was most noted for consecrating Pipin the Short as King of the Franks. It was the first investiture of a king by a Pope and would set a precedence over succeeding centuries. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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

"The intenstion in the human heart is like water far below the surface, but the man of intelligence draws it forth."
Proverbs 20: 5

393 and counting,
hoping and praying...

This Weekend
  • An inspiring, heart-rending column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

  • A pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 4th through December 6th.

  • LITURGY for the Feast of Saint John of Damascas, the First Friday and First Saturday of Advent and the Second Sunday of Advent as well as the Feast of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church on Monday.

  • ...and much more in our 236th issue for 1998!

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We must do our part as members of the Mystical Body of Christ
The seat of Christianity - the seat of our salvation: Rome and St. Peter's Basilica       We complete our three part series on the Heroic Act of Charity and our questions of where have all the heroes gone with a reminder that there truly is a Purgatory and those souls who make up the Church Suffering expect us, as members of the Church Militant to do our part. This responsibility is also asked of us by the Church Triumphant who are helping us here on earth, but cannot help the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Therefore, we are front and center the ones charged to come through in the clutch. It is an opportunity for us to not only be heroes, but to ensure our time in Purgatory will be shortened or bypassed by our prayers, deeds and intentions here on this finite earth as "Soldiers of Christ." This responsibility grows ever more expedient in Advent when we prepare for the coming of Christ not just at Christmas but His Second coming, a very real possibility as we near the end of the millennium. For the Eighty-sixth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.

"I solemnly tell all of my children: I am the spouse of the Holy Spirit, and it is He, the Sanctifier, Who has come to reveal to all open, consecrated hearts the Divine Will, that you might hasten the triumph of my Immaculate Heart."
Queen of Prophets      Those words from the Blessed Mother Mary in messages 302 says it all! Supported by her Messages 300 and 301 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart back in the early part of March in 1993, Our Lady reiterates the importance of all her faithful little ones being united in the Divine Will and to forego bickering and envy, rumor mongering and the like for these are all ploys by the devil to divide and conquer. She beseeches all to return to her Divine Son Jesus present in the Tabernacle and reminds all that the natural disasters, which since 1993 have intensified to biblical proportions, are all part of God's Mercy and Justice but at the same time are permitting the antichrist, whose days are numbered, to come to the forefront. She warns over and over to pray for unity and the grace of the Holy Spirit, her Divine Spouse during these times foretold in Sacred Scripture. For messages 300, 302 and 302, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE

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    Vatican hails permanent restoration of Christmas in Cuba
    Cuban government reinstates the birth of Christ as a holiday and holyday      The Holy See reacted enthusiastically to the Cuban communist regime's decision to reinstate Christmas as a national holiday and holy day on this island which has done without this special feast for nearly thirty years, save for last year when Fidel Castro announced it would be a one-time exemption because of the Holy Father's pending visit last January. Pope's visit bears more fruit with acknowledgement of our Savior's birth throughout the island However, due to the coaxing of Pope John Paul II during his papal visit and afterwards, and the prayers of the people, Castro and his cronies have finally seen the light and have heeded the will of the populace, granting recognition of Christmas from now on. For more, click on Cuban Christmas.

    Missouri Supreme Court courting controversy by changing capital punishment conflict
    Execution of convicted murderer on death row changed so as not to conflict with Pope's visit      By their recent actions, the Missouri Supreme Court has brought more attention on capital punishment and it could blow up even more so in their face. Originally Darrell Mease was to be executed for multiple murders on January 27, 1999 but someone noticed that is the same date the Holy Father, who has expressed the Church's position against capital punishment, will touch down in the gateway city of St. Louis. Rather than risk embarassment, they decided to delay the date two weeks, but we suspect even more embarassment will be forthcoming as politicians, state and city officials and national authorities from the president on down try to two-step around this sensitive time-bomb. You just know the Pope will take advantage of their backstepping to bring it to the attention of the world, especially the United States, as morally wrong. For more, click on gateway gaffe.

    Freak fire claims chancery property of Louisiana Diocese
    Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana faces massive job of rebuilding as fire destroys most of chancery       A mysterious fire roared through the chancery of the Diocese of Alexandria in central Louisiana Monday night, destroying most of the building which housed the administrative branch. No one was hurt of which Bishop Sam Jacobs gave thanks as he watched firemen try to douse the flames in the early evening after all had gone home. He expressed dismay but hope that most of the archived sacramental records were still intact since they were in vaults. The extent of the damage has yet to be determined and how the fire started is also still under question. The idea of arson has not been ruled out for the Klu Klux Klan is quite active in this region and known to be anti-Catholic. For more, click on Diocesan fire .

    Pope stresses role of Holy Spirit while decrying another missionary murder
    Pope stresses role of Holy Spirit while decrying another missionary murder       The Holy Father continued to emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit at his weekly Wednesday audiences as has been his signature during this year of the Holy Spirit in preparation for Jubilee 2000. He reiterated the importance of the Sanctifier in evangelizing the Gospel and forging a better world through the centuries and today. One of the fallouts of evangelizing is the opposition by those who don't want to hear the Gospel or follow it. Missionary murdered in Haiti Such was the tragic news of the death of yet another Catholic missionary, this time a Canadian Christian Brother who was hacked to death by machete in Haiti in what the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano called "barbaric." For more, click on Wednesday audience .

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Feast of Saint Francis XavierToday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary priest to America, while tomorrow is the First Friday of Advent and the Feast of Saint John of Damascus, priest and Doctor of the Church. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, meditations, and story of St. Francis Xavier, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

      Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface of the Mass honoring Saint Francis Xavier:

Father, You inflamed St. Francis, son of sthe newborn Society of Jesus, with the ardor of charity and zeal for souls, so that, ignoring dangers, difficulties and fatigue, he would embark on numerous journeys and acquainting people with the mysteries of salvation, would make them members of Your Church.

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

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