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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Thirty-third Monday in Ordinary Time as well as the feasts of two women saints - Saint Gertrude the Great, virgin, religious and mystic, and Saint Margaret of Scotland, wife, mother and ruler. Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of another wife and mother who also became a religious - Saint Elizabeth of Hungary For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Masses honoring Saint Gertrude and then Saint Margaret of Scotland:
Father, You filled the heart of St. Gertrude with the presence of Your love. Bring light into our darkness and let us experience the joy of Your presence and the power of Your grace.
Lord, You gave St. Margaret of Scotland a special love for the poor. Let her example and prayers help us to become a living sign of Your goodness.
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"In seedtime the sluggard plows not; when he looks for the harvest, it is not there." Proverbs 20: 4
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- Installment Eighty-one as we continue a review of the first 12 centuries in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Messages 281 and 282 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 17th
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother and Religious and for Wednesday, Feast of the Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome.
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The wisdom of the Cross transcends all understanding through 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 fifth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The fifth installment continues the second chapter Credo ut Intellegam focusing on how to "Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding." as the Holy Father cites Wisdom and Proverbs and other passages in Sacred Scripture in pointing out that there is room for both faith and reason, but that the man without faith is a fool in his reasoning. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the fifth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Satan does everything he can to get us out of the heart and into the head so as to confuse and weaken us
In his weekly column Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. emphasizes how God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit help us to decipher the confusion the evil one launches at us. This confusion is more effective when satan is able to get us out of the heart and thinking with our finite mind in which rationalization can get the best of us and we even start challenging what the Almighty says. When that happens we are easy prey for lucifer and his legions. But the Holy Trinity has sent us a "secret weapon" - the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son, and the Spouse of the Holy Spirit - the Blessed Virgin Mary to keep us in the heart and close to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For Father's column Let us clutch to our FAITH and move on part three , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"I solemnly tell you that all unfolds as I have foretold, as God's time dictates and man's pride allows."
Those words come from the Blessed Mother in messages 279 and 280 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in mid January 1992 in which Our Lady alerts her little ones to remain faithful to her Divine Son and His Vicar on earth. She reminds us of the great gifts we have been given in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Rosary and urges all to return to the Scriptures to see that all she conveys is a fulfillment of the Word. Our Lady laments that so few have kept Jesus, the "Prisoner of Love", company in the Tabernacle of the Blessed Sacrament and warns again how the evil one is blinding so many to the Divine Will. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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On behalf of Iraq's one million Christians, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch pleads for mercy
On the brink of all-out bombing on Iraq, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, in an interview with the Fides News Agency - a division of the Vatican Congregation for Evangelization, made an impassioned plea to Bill Clinton to show mercy towards the Iraqi people, especially the one million Christians, 800,000 of which are Catholics. Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid appealed to the United States, through his interview, that the genocide from the embargo has been horrendous and another air-strike will bring devastating results to the innocent Iraqi people. For more, click on Plea for mercy
A wolf in sheep's clothing: Catholic Campaign for Human Development is not true to Catholic doctrines
Next weekend if you are asked to contribute to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development charity, don't be so quick to write that check; for this organization is Catholic in name only. That is the finding of a philantropy group out of the nation's capitol who discovered that CCHD provided grants for pro-abortion groups and homosexual sympathizers. In addition, CCHD has been a provider of monies for liberation theology and other modernist agendas. The sad thing is that this group is under the oversight of the US Bishops' Conference and, evidently, not being closely overseen as the report verifies. Therefore, give your money to more worthwhile Catholic charities that uphold the teachings, doctrines and dogmas of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. For more, click on Catholic in name only.
Father Ken Roberts suspended because of unproven accusations as assault on conservative clergy continues
A priest who has been one of the most loyal to the Holy Father and all the Blessed Mother has asked, is under extreme attack by liberal factions who have been able to convince Bishop Charles V. Grahmann, Bishop of Dallas to suspend Father Ken Roberts after 33 years as a priest because of accusations, and accusations only, of sexual abuse. Fr. Ken has had his faculties in Dallas since 1966 when he was ordained in Rome on the Feast of the Annunciation. No proof has been forthcoming of these accusations and the Diocese claims Fr. Ken has been disobedient, which is hard to believe since "obedience" is one of the virtues he has always stressed. No doubt the fact that the Dallas Diocese is under the magnifying glass after the media cisrcus last summer over the pedophile case of Rudy Kos caused the Diocese to act immediately before having the necessary confirmation. Without proof a man's reputation can be badly damaged, not to mention his ministry which was above reproach. Needless to say, the media is having a field day with this, quoting his earlier English days before he found God and became a priest and which Fr. Ken chronicled in his best-selling "From Playboy to Priest". Tuesday we will have a full editorial on these latest accusations and the attack on Mary's faithful ones in these times of chastisement and persecustion. For more, click on From Playboy to Priest to Persecuted.
Cardinal asserts missionary efforts vital in quest for more souls
Even though there are one billion Catholics in the world, missionary efforts need to be intensified to keep up with the world population as Cardinal Jozef Tomko, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Evangelization asserts. He cited the fact that despite world evangelization of the faith, only one third truly know Jesus and His Church, deducting that much work is necessary in the missionary endeavors of all - lay and religious, especially in light of the fact that the world's Catholic population has dropped a percentage. He listed many third-world countries where Catholicism is just making a dent and deduced that we have only just begun in missionary terms as we near the next millennium. For more, click on Worldwide evangelization.
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Events today in Church History
On this date nine years ago six Jesuit missionary priests were ruthlessly martyred by militant troops in El Salvador. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES