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MONDAY      November 16, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 224

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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.


NEXT WEEK: CHAPTER III: INTELLEGO UT CREDAM Journeying in search of truth.

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

Let us clutch to our FAITH and move on part three

"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..."

Messages Two Hundred Seventy-nine and Two Hundred Eighty

Message Two Hundred Seventy-nine, January 17, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Two Hundred Eighty, January 19, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

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

Historical Events in Church Annals for November 16:

October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   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.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"In seedtime the sluggard plows not; when he looks for the harvest, it is not there."

Proverbs 20: 4

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November 16, 1998 volume 9, no. 224   DAILY CATHOLIC