It is only reasonable that philosophy cannot exist without 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 seventh part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The eighth installment presents the fourth chapter The Relationship between Faith and Reason focusing on "Important moments in the encounter of faith and reason" in which the Holy Father takes us from the Apostles to Saint Augustine in showing how the Church Fathers embraced philosophy from the point of faith which could only enhance reason in the proper perspective and in God's perspective. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the eighth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Events this weekend in Church History
December 8th is the 33rd and 36th anniversary respectively of when Pope John XXIII, author of Vatican II, closed the first session of this 21st Ecumenical Council which had opened on September 11, 1962. His successor Pope Paul VI would close the final session on this date in 1965, appropriately calling for the Council Fathers to increase their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially the Immaculate Conception which Pope Pius IX declared Dogma on this date in 1854. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on December 7th and December 8th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
FOR MONDAY and TUESDAY
Monday is the Feast of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and Tuesday is the Solemnity of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Wednesday, besides being the Second Wednesday of Advent is also the Feast of Blessed Juan Diego, hermit and visionary of Guadalupe. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this time period, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the special Novena Prayers for Monday and Tuesday for this time of preparation during Advent, click on ADVENT
- Part Ten of The New Lourdes: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- December Decorations illuminating our FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 9th.
- Liturgy of the Day for the Second Wednesday of Advent as well as the Feast of Blessed Juan Diego, hermit and visionary of Guadalupe, and the Second Thursday of Advent.
- ...and much more in our 238th issue for 1998!
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NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant|
Catholic World News Service
Culture of death claims more victims in annual slaughter of the innocent unborn
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed late last week that abortions have increased nearly 10% last year; not a good omen for the innocent angels who have no chance of survival with the godless laws that have been passed in destroying life in America. But should we be surprised when the top man in this country is such an avowed embracer of the culture of death? No wonder the moral state of America and the world are in such a sorry state and the only voice defending the innocent ones comes from Pope John Paul II in his neverending crusade to uphold the Sanctity of life. For more, click on Abortion increase.
Violence continues in Indonesia as bishops suspect military perpetrating conflict
If many thought things were bad under former Indonesian president Suharto they're no better under his successor B.J. Habibie as violence has broken out throughout this Muslim dominated island and the main target are Catholics and their churches which have been set afire in numerous places. The bishops believe this is all a plot by the military to create religious disharmony in the region while blaming it on the two faiths who, in truth, are not fighting each other but trying to live in harmony in a troubled land. For more, click on Indonesia intrigue
Horrendous holocaust in Filipino orphanage prompts condolences from Holy Father
The Holy Father offered his sincere condolences late last week to Cardinal Jamie Sin on behalf of the 28 victims, mostly children, who died in a tragic fire that roared through a Catholic orphanage in Manila a week ago. It is said to be the worst in Filipino history and the slow response from the fire department prompted the fire chief to be fired in the aftermath of this horrendous holocaust in which the children were trapped in bar-guarded 90-year-old building that was easy fodder for the searing flames to ignite and spread quickly. For more, click on Filipino fire.
New twist in murder investigation of Guatamalan bishop
The long, bizarre investigation of the April murder of human rights leader Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi Conedera took yet another twist late last week when the government's prosecutor Otto Ardon resigned unexpectedly. Many suspect he knows the truth - that the murder was orchestrated by the military to silence the popular crusader for human rights - and, due to heavy criticism and the uncovering of so much evidence verifying the latter, felt it was time to retreat. Meanwhile, Father Mario Orantes, who has been falsely charged for the Bishop's murder, remains in prison as this charade continues by the Guatamalan government. For more, click on Garbage in Guatamala
Kidnapping could become punishable by excommunication in Mexico
Cardinal Norberto Rivera, head of the huge Archdiocese of Mexico City is leaning heavily toward joining other bishops in Mexico in declaring kidnapping a crime punishable not just prison but also excommunication. Snatching priests and religious have intensified over the years, thus prompting such a stern response in order to somehow curb the rash of kidnappings by rebels and drug gangs. Whether that will be enough to curtail the culprits remains to be seen but at least the Church is cracking down through the jurisdiction available to them, and, who knows, it could eventually become a universal offense with the increase in kidnappings of religious world-wide. For more, click on Garbage in Guatamala
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Mary is the perfect Tabernacle that no one can deny! |
In our editorial we tackle the question of the Immaculate Conception and prove, without a doubt that there are no questions, only answers which no one can deny. That includes "cafeteria Catholics" and non-Catholics who demean the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in God's plan of salvation. In fact, as we point out positively, there is no salvation outside the Church and the sooner non-Catholics and liberal, modernists, who still consider themselves "Catholic" in name, realize this and respond the better their chances of everlasting survival. It begins with obedience to the Will of God and the proper veneration of His Mother. For our special commentary for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception entitled, Immaculateness cannot be compromised! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
What makes each of us unique? Only God has that answer!
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. That is what God intended from the very beginning - starting with Adam and Eve and then, through the goodness of His Own Heart, sending His Only-begotten Son to redeem every man and woman - each of whom is unique in the makeup of God's masterpieces. But He has given us all the same thing, a soul and a heart and we need to utilize those for His honor and glory in order to realize the true makeup of our heart and soul. For Father's column How to pray with the heart part three , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"The moment is closer than your finite mind can grasp when the Justice shall purify and bring the Age of the Divine Will."
Those powerful words were conveyed by Our Lord to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in mid-March of 1993 in her messages 304 and explained in 305 and followed up in message 306 by the Blessed Mother. Jesus' pulls no punches in entreating His children to adhere to His Holy Will and offers some suggestions that will expediate the Triumph of His Mother's Immaculate Heart. He warns over and over that if we are not rooted in His Sacred and Merciful Heart, aligned with His Mother's Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart and not totally in tune with the Divine Will we will be swallowed up in the vortex of satan's tornadic assault on our souls. For messages 304 through 306, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
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.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"A lamp from the Lord is the breath of man; it searches through all his inmost being." Proverbs 20: 27
389 - 388 and counting,
hoping and praying...