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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow, on Veterans Day, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Pope Saint Leo the Great:
God our Father, You will never allow the power of hell to prevail against Your Church, founded on the rock of the apostle Peter. Let the prayers of Pope Leo the Great keep us faithful to Your Truth and secure in Your Peace.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The slack hand impoverishes, but the hand of the diligent enriches." Proverbs 10: 4
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
Medjugorje Monthly Message for October 25th
Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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416 and counting,
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- Part Six of The New Lourdes: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- A November Cornucopia of Food for Thought Appeteasers
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 11th.
- Liturgy of the Day on Wednesday - Feast of Saint Martin of Tours and Thursday, Feast of the martyr Saint Josaphat, Bishop.
- ...and much more in our 221st issue for 1998!
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Firing up the troops in igniting the fuse of faith to persevere against the culture of death
It's been one week since the elections in which pro-lifers apparently stayed away in droves from the ballot box and many pro-life candidates went down to defeat amid the lies and calumny cast on them by a well-financed pro-abort crusade that used all the treachery and tricks they could to derail God's Will. But that's not all, in the fallout that has occurred we raise an interesting and credible theory about the shootings of pro-abort doctors. Do you think pro-lifers want these doctors of death to get so much publicity and martyrdom for their cause? No way! Who stands to gain the most from these senseless killings? The pro-abort factions, of course. So who is to say this is not all a clever, insidious plot by the proponents of the culture of death to denigrate the pro-life cause and turn public opinion against those striving to uphold the sanctity of life in all its stages? All the details can be found inside in our commentary, entitled It's time to fight fire with Fire! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
The Church goes head to head with the scourge of Islamism and Schism during the second 500 years of the first millennium
We continue with our brief retrospect of the first thirteen plus centuries as we take an intermission from our progression of Popes to focus on the second 500 year period. In this installment we cover the rise of Islamism and the growing schism in the East tempered by the swift expansion of the Church throughout western Europe thanks to the valiant efforts of great saints and popes like Saint Boniface and Pope Saint Gregory VII respectively and the monks who kept the flickering votive lights of the monasteries aglow to illuminate the way through the "Dark Ages." For the eightieth installment titled Separating the wheat of evangelization from the chaff of heresy and Islamism in awaiting the harvest, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
"I solemnly tell you that already there has occurred in your world an event which is the red carpet announcing the antichrist."
Those alarming words in the Blessed Mother's 273rd message of January 3, 1993 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart have taken on even more meaning in 1998 for the event, of course, was the election of Bill Clinton and his culture of death agenda in promoting abortion and immorality. Reread these messages and see if everything Our Lady has not foretold is coming or has come to pass. She reminds us to be rooted in her Divine Son Jesus and His Holy Church, the one bright beacon in a world of darkness. For messages number 271 and 272, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Pope calls for the world to respond to Hurricane victims as Miami group responds generously
During his weekly Sunday Angelus at St. Peter's, Pope John Paul II appealed to everyone to respond to the needs of the helpless victims of Hurricane Mitch and made another plea that peace can be achieved in the Congo and the Mid-East. While he was speaking in Rome, a group of former Nicaraguans in Miami banded together to do all they could to provide rations, food, money and clothes to the victims with a grass roots fundraising campaign throughout the city and drop-off points for supplies to be sent to the victims in these hurricane-ravaged countries of Central America. Not only Miami, but from Boston to San Diego Americans are opening their hearts, closets, cubbards and checkbooks to do all they can do to help and alleviate the unbelievable suffering of their brothers and sisters who were left homeless from the devastating floods on the Isthmus of the Americas. For more, click on Hurricane relief.
Supreme Court rules School Vouchers do not violate separation of Church and state issue
Many suspect Milwaukee's Catholic schools will be swarmed with applications from parents next week on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the School Vouchers Law passed in Wisconsin. Everything had been in limbo pending an appeal by the ACLU who had challenged the law. Now that challenge has been defeated and 15,000 vouchers valued at $5,000 apiece will be distributed to students who are eligible under the guidelines set down. The vote was 8-1 against allowing the ACLU to challenge and, hopefully, is an omen of good things to come for other states in both granting school vouchers for parochial schools to boost the coffers of much needed parish schools but also to improve education on all levels in both public and private schools. For more, click on Vouching for the Vouchers.
Pope's right hand man elevated higher as Cardinal Ratzinger becomes vice-dean of the College of Cardinals
One of the Holy Father's most trusted lieutenants Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was granted another honor last Friday when the six Cardinal bishops elected the German prelate as vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, the second-in charge of the conclave. Within four years he could very well become dean of the College and be the one to govern the conclave in the event the Holy Father should die. Cardinal Ratzinger's selection fills a void left after the death of Cardinal Agostino Casarol who passed away on June 9. For more, click on New vice-dean.
Church gives strong attention to preserving Pro-Life in Columbia as Pope urges family values while anti-family organizations try to squeeze Operation Rescue
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The bishops of Columbia have united to issue a strong plea to the legislatures to preserve the pro-life referendum by defeating new bills that would give the culture of death an inroad in this highly Catholic country where, to this point there are strong laws against abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. But liberals are trying their best to lobby to have these measures passed that would weaken the pro-life platform. The Holy Father reminded the new Columbian Ambassador to the Holy See when he met with him Saturday, urging him to uphold family traditions and curb the violence and right the unbalanced system where the poor just get poorer. In addition to all the above, more bad news for the pro-life movement when Randolph Terry former head of Operation Rescue announced he has filed bankruptcy to stave off the vultures from Planned Parenthood and Women's Lib movements who are circling in bloodthirsty attempts to suck the man and his non-profit organization dry. For more, click on Columbia and the Sanctity of Life
Events today in Church History
Today is the 449th anniversary of the death of the 220th successor of Peter Pope Paul III who was the man who, continuing the counter-reform movement against Protestantism, convened the landmark Council of Trent and also gave papal approval to the Society of Jesus, which, of course, is the priestly order known as the Jesuits. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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