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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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PROVERB OF THE DAY"To eat too much honey is not good; nor to seek honor after honor." Proverbs 25: 27
414 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- A timely column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
- A pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 13th through November 15th.
- LITURGY for Feast of Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Ordinary Time on Saturday along with the final Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday for the year and the final Sunday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 223rd issue for 1998!
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We can all be heroes for Christ through our HEROIC ACTS OF CHARITY
There was a song in the sixties that, in part, said "Where have all the flowers gone?" We'd like to update that a bit and ask "Where have all the heroes gone?" We pose this question as we begin a short series entitled We Need a Hero! in which we examine the reasons we have so few true and worthy role models and heroes today and trace it to the fact that so few are willing to pay the price, the price Jesus asks of each one of us - to take up our cross and follow Him. For the Eighty-fourth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
"Let trust be your bulwark; allow your ship to sail into my Son's Sacred Heart!"
Those words from the Blessed Mother Mary in messages 275 and followed up in message 276 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart back in the early part of 1993, urging all God's children to set sail for salvation by steering the right course to the pillars of Jesus and His Blessed Mother. Our Lady warns of the obstacles along the way, the laxness of many and the disobedience of many who fail to heed her Divine Son's Vicar of Christ on earth. She alerts us to pay strict attention to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to be sure it is still just that and not an aberration of what it is supposed to be. She also cautions us to be ready for we have entered the Great Hour of Sorrow, a time that will last until the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart which will usher in that glorious time foretold in which we will be safely harbored in Christ's Peace. For messages 275 and 276, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Winds wind up Papal Audience before Pope can finish treatment on Hope and the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is often associated with the simile of wind, but when the Holy Father began speaking about the Sanctifier in his regular Wednesday Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square we don't think that was what he had in mind when a sudden wind and rain storm forced the faithful to scatter for cover and cut short the Pope's address before he himself would be soaked from his balcony. Possibly the Vatican may reconsider staging these Wednesday Audiences back in Paul VI Hall where they had previously been held. Before the freak storm interrupted his address, His Holiness was emphasizing how the Holy Spirit provides the message of hope for all Christ taught as a light in the darkness. For more, click on Papal Audience.
Vatican representative asserts importance of Palestinian rights key to security for Israel and peace in Mid-East
Despite the Wye Plantation Treaty signed a few weeks ago in the US, Vatican representative Archbishop Renato Martino asserted that peace can only be achieved by the UN assuring the Palestinians are afforded their rights of religion, education, medical care and employment. He also emphasized that this will go farther in assuring the security of Israelis than anything written on paper which has been tenuously tainted by recent terrorism outbursts along the Gaza Strip. He also reiterated the Vatican's strong concern for Jerusalem being declared an "Open City" by the year 2000 to assure all have the freedom of religion both residents and tourists who will flock there for the Jubilee. For more, click on Peace in the Holy Land.
France and Cuba lead way in responding to Holy Father's request to forgive debts
Putting their actions where their hearts are, the countries of France and Cuba, two Catholic countries with volatile governments, sought the humanitarian course and, heeding the Pope's plea to forgive debts in 2000, got a head start on the rest of the world by announcing they were forgiving debts accrued by Honduras and Nicaragua, the two Central American nations most ravaged by Hurricane Mitch last week as a result of devastating floods that have left thousands upon thousands dead and many, many more homeless and without relief. For more, click on Forgiveness .
Protestant Council of churches throw obstacle at Catholic Church over school vouchers campaign
Why all of a sudden is the National Council of Churches objecting so vociferously to school vouchers after the Supreme Court gave the green light for them in Milwaukee? Could it be that this organization, composed of mainstream Protestant churches, is scared that many will turn to the Catholic parochial schools with their vouchers and they'll miss out because the Protestants have so few parochial schools. In a word it sounds like jealousy to us. They are trying to convey the false impression that conservative Christian schools do not want vouchers which is as far from the truth as possible evidenced by the fact that many Catholic bishops have spoken out strongly in favor of school vouchers, chief among them Cardinal Francis George, OMI, head of the vast Archdiocese of Chicago, who is spearheading a campaign to pass the same school voucher bill in Illinois. For more, click on Protestant envy .
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Josaphat Kuncevic, the Polish-born martyred bishop who helped in bringing some Eastern Churches back in line with Rome, while tomorrow we observe the Feast of Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin, religious founder and educator. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer commemorating the martyred Saint Josaphat:
Lord, fill Your Church with the Spirit that gave St. Josaphat courage to lay down his life for his people. By his prayers may Your Spirit make us strong and willing to offer our lives for our brothers and sisters.