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Events today in Church History
On this date in 1215, Pope Innocent III opened the 12th Ecumenical Council. He was the sovereign pontiff who Saint Francis of Assisi asked to approve his order and who had the dream of the Church falling down all around him and recalled the Friar to give him approval. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Feast of the bishop Saint Martin of Tours while tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of the martyred bishop and religious Saint Josaphat. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface of the Mass honoring Saint Martin of Tours:
It is truly right and just, our duty and a source of salvation, to give You thanks, omnipotent and eternal God, and to praise You for the holy life of Bishop Martin, who was a glorious disciple of Christ Your Son. With ardent longing he prepared for baptism and laready knew how to show his love for the poor with exemplary generosity. Abandoning the uncertain honors of military life, he put himself at the service of the King of the universe by monastic profession. And when in Your benevolence You willed that he be a shepherd of Your flock, his zeal for the true faith and his love for Your Church made him a shining example for all and a model of every form of justice.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"To show partiality is never good: for even a morsel of bread a man may do wrong." Proverbs 28: 21
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- Installment Eighty-four on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
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- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 12th
- LITURGY for Thursday, Feast of Saint Josaphat, and Friday, Feast of Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini.
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A Eucharistic Miracle confirms the Apparitions at Betania |
In today's installment on the Apparitions at Betania, Venezuela, we focus on the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred during Holy Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1991 when visionary Maria Esperanza di Bianchini's spiritual director Father Otty Ossa Aristizabal consecrated the Host and at the Agnus Dei the Eucharist began to bleed in sight of thousands in attendance at the outdoor Mass on the farm in Betania. It was a definitive sign and affirmation of the proclamation made by Bishop Pio Ricardo Bello four years prior that the Apparitions were worthy of belief on the Diocesan level. For the chapter, Take Refuge in my Immaculate Heart and Eucharistic Miracle Confirms Apparitions, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
"I gather your tears together with my own as a perfect prayer to my Divine Son."
The Blessed Virgin Mary conveys the message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart that 1993 was the "Year of Tears." She comforts all her children that the sorrows will intensify in the coming years and reminds all that this suffering can be a bouquet of roses if accepted lovingly and in the spirit of the Divine Will. In the following message Our Lady emphasizes that "Faith is the Pathway to God." and that we need to keep our eyes and hearts on the road, else we will be sidetracked by the evil one who will stop at nothing to blind us and delay our journey toward Heaven. For messages number 273 and 274, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
On Veterans Day it is truly an honor to honor God and our country! Today we bring you two short vignettes on loyalty and remembering. The first is in honor of Veterans Day and our country, the second is in honor of Remembrance Day in Canada today but in respect to the fact that we must remember Jesus is with us at all times but we so often forget. The special letter brings that fact home and should get all to thinking more thoughtfully on keeping Him in mind, heart and soul more often. For the vignettes, Honor! and A Reminder letter from a very Special Friend less you forget!, click on A NOVEMBER CORNUCOPIA OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Vietnam visit inviting to Vicar of Christ as Pope expresses enthusiasm for traveling there next year
The Holy Father reacted postively and enthusiastically to the invitation to visit Vietnam in 1999 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of La Vang extended to him by Archbishop Etienne Nguyen Nhu The on behalf of the Vietnam bishops. The only holdup is approval from the Communist government in Vietnam who, though they have been notified by the bishops, deny any knowledge which is a typical ploy of their stalling tactics. But pressure from the people and world opinion should sway them enough that the Holy Father will be cleared to make the trek to Southeast Asia next year. For more, click on Vietnam visit.
Pope honors ten deceased cardinals in special solemn Mass in their honor
The Pope celebrated a special solemn memorial Mass for the ten cardinals who have died this past year, the most notable of the deceased prelates being Cardinal Agostino Casaroli who was vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, a position filled last Friday by the Holy Father with the elevation of Cardinal Josef Ratzinger to that post. With the ten who have passed on the total number of cardinals stands at 157 with 101 of them eligible to vote in conclave. The amazing thing is that only 27 of the 157 cardinals were not chosen by Pope John Paul II, pretty well solidifying his mark on this pontificate and future papacies. For more, click on Cardinals
The Conspiracy theory becomes more and more a reality in pro-aborts' arsenal of satan's weapons
As we first offered in yesterday's PewPOINT, the anthrax scare is not something coming from pro-life groups but rather from proponents for the culture of death. This is evident from the latest news that several Catholic churches and a Chicago pro-life group have been intimidated by the anthrax scare. Even as a strong pro-abortion task force is being formed by Janet Reno and the Justice Department, pro-life leaders are now speaking out, letting the public and media know that too many have assumed the death threats against abortion doctors came from pro-lifers when, in truth, it could very well be a conspiracy as we asserted in yesterday's editorial "It's time to fight fire with Fire!" For more, click on abortion conspiracy
Venezuela venue very inviting to bishops who encourage dialogue with leading candidate in Caracas
In the land where Our Lady has been appearing for over two decades and asked all to be "ambassadors of reconciliation" and a capitol city where bullets riddled modern hotels which we saw the evidence ourselves during our stay in Caracas in 1990, finally peace may be returning full time to the heavily Catholic country of Venezuela and this is nothing but good news to the bishops of Venezuela who have expressed hope that when the final votes are cast on December 6th in a three-stage process that will formulate the people's will to what they want. One of the men they are leaning to is the former head of a coup in the late eighties and again in the early nineties. Some are fearful if he is elected some military leaders will try to avenge his earlier actions by staging a coup against him. Venezuela has enjoyed over 40 years of democracy, though not always smoothly, but the faith is flourishing in a land of two extremes - extreme wealth and extreme poverty. For more, click on Venezuela venue .
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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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