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Events today in Church History
On this date in 1210, Pope Innocent III had no choice but to officially excommunicate Otto IV, the German Emperor who was also acting as the Holy Roman Emperor for interference in the Investiture controversy. Innocent was the 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 Dedication of two magnificent edifices - the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls of Rome. It is also the Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, religious missionary to the United States, specifically the mid-section of the country. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass honoring Saint Rose Phillippine Duchesne:
Gracious God, You filled the heart of Philippine Duchesne with charity and missionary zeal, and gave her the desire to make you known to all peoples. Fill us who honor her memory today with that same love and zeal to extend Your kingdom to the ends of the earth.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Man's pride causes his humiliation, but he who is humble of spirit obtains honor." Proverbs 29: 23
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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From urban jungle to rural jungle, Betania provides a safari for salvation! |
In today's installment on the Apparitions at Betania, Venezuela, we take the reader from the modern concrete jungle of Caracas in northern Venezuela on the Carribean coast into the lush, verdant and mystical South American jungle some seventy miles south to a small farm in the tropical region known as Betania where the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing for over two decades and seen by thousands in the trees there and above the Grotto, etched into an emerald-spectrum hillside as candles and flowers fill the air with an aroma and aura of holiness and where millions have flocked to pray, attend outdoor Masses with hopes of getting a glimpse of the Mother of God. For all who venture into this verdant forest of faith they come away with a new conversion experience - one of reconciliation and renewed hope. For the chapter, The Road to Betania - a needed Refuge, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
"I solemnly tell you that the face of evil is stamped upon every nation, and your world stands on the brink of devastating war."
The Blessed Virgin Mary conveys that message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during the time when the Hidden Flower was giving her final talk to the public after two years of speaking in 38 different states. Our Lady imparted in both messages, which we bring you today, that she laments over the fact so few heed her messages and live them, that so many neglect the signs God gives to His children, that so many stay away from her Divine Son Jesus when all they need do is run to Him and He will give them rest and peace of heart. She asks all her little ones to recommit, to forego their own stubborn wills and align with God's Holy Will. In that way her Immaculate Heart will triumph sooner; if not, a great war of global proportions could be part of the Father's Justice. For messages number 284 and 285, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
From butterflies to builders we need to realize we are responsible for our own actions before God
November is not the normal time to talk about butterflies for they are usually in their cocoons during this time of year, but their eventual evolvement symbolizes what God has given each one of us and that we need to be tread on and crawl, and be patient and seek the solitude of prayer before we can fly. We also bring the reader a vignette on building our house on a rock, recalling Our Lord's parable in the Gospels and that we are only as solid as the convictions of our heart which will give us strength and a firm foundation to withstand the storms. For the vignettes, Butterflies are free and we were born to be free...born to fly! and Build your house on a rock!, click on A NOVEMBER CORNUCOPIA OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Pope appoints first Swede as Bishop of Sweden since Protestant Revolt in sixteenth century
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 Sweden.
Persecutions intensify in Africa with killing of six priests in the Congo and another priest kidnapped in Sierra Leone
On the ninth anniversary of the killing of six Jesuit priests being shot to death for their faith by El Salvadoran rebels, six more priests died for their faith across the Atlantic in the Congo, along with 50 others in a massacre raid on a church where members of various faiths had met to pray for peace in the Congo. Meanwhile, a day after an Italian missionary priest was released by Muslim guerrillas in the Philippine mountains, another Italian missionary priest was taken hostage in Sierra Leone by rebels from that country in western Africa. The persecutions and tribulations have intensified alarmingly this year, especially in Africa where a shocking amount of priests and nuns have died for their faith due to the senseless killing by various rebel factions. For more, click on Africa
Pope entreats Rome social studies students to "oppose all forms of injustice that threaten men's lives"
Taking advantage of the opportunity to stay in touch with the youth, the Holy Father made a short trip to the Free International University for Social Studies in Rome where he addressed most of the 5,000 students, entreating them to dedicate themselves to "authentic social renewal" and to encouraged all to serve society through their chosen professions in the business world. He urged them to set the example through intellectual charity for all by generously utilizing their God-given gifts and balance Faith and Reason as he referred to his most recent encyclical Fides et Ratio. For more, click on students
Lutherans balking at signing Justification pact after assuring Vatican they would
The World Lutheran Federation is becoming more like the World Wrestling Federation as barbs go back and forth and denials Despite the President for the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity Cardinal Edward Cassidy's comments that both the Vatican and the WLF would sign a joint document, Lutheran Bishop Christian Krause, president of the WLF, is delaying the signing, citing confusion over the justification issue and whether Rome will lift sanctions on Lutheran doctrines that have been in effect since Martin Luther tacked up the 95 theses on the church door at Wittenburg, Germany in 1517 - an event that officially stamped the rebellion against Holy Mother Church and became known as the Protestant Reformation. For more, click on Lutherans.
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