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Events today in Church History
On this date in 496, Pope Anastasius II, the 50th successor of Peter, succeeded in converting King Clovis and the Franks to Catholicism. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Holy Mother Church and France, though there have been some rough spots mixed in over a millennium and a half. For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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"Kindness and piety safeguard the king, and he upholds his throne by justice." Proverbs 20: 28
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- A timely column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
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- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 20th through November 22nd.
- LITURGY for Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, the Solemnity of Christ the King on Sunday as well as the Feast of the martyred virgin Saint Cecilia.
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As sinners striving to do better we can emulate the saints through our Heroic Acts of Charity
In last week's first installment on the Heroic Act of Charity, we asked where have all the heroes gone. This week, rather than looking for heroes elsewhere, we look inward; for the heroes are not out there but in each and every one of us if we are willing to say "Yes" to Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary in an act of selfless love for Them and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. That "act" is the Heroic Act of Charity whereby through our commitment here among the Church Militant, we enable those in the Church Suffering to reach the level of the Church Triumphant and there they can do even more for us. In summary, it's a win-win or hero-hero situation where all parties benefit. And because of that, God benefits the most from our obedience to His Holy Will. For the Eighty-fifth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
"The Divine Will is Peace and Joy, but it is attained through renunciation and suffering."
Those words from the Blessed Mother Mary in messages 287 follow the same thought as the series on Heroic Acts of Charity above, but this and message 286 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart back in the early part of 1993. Our Lady mentions the poor souls in Purgatory and our role, and urges all her children to go into the heart and be totally obedient to the Divine Will, for satan can not reach us or harm us if we are unison with God's Will. It is only in the mind and our own stubborn wills where he penetrates and divides, causing confusion, disruption, discord and rebellion to God's Will. She affirms that the more of her children who align themselves with her Divine Son's Holy Will, the sooner will her Immaculate Heart triumph. For messages 286 and 287, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Proxy post for NCCB to be filled by Houston bishop while VP slot goes to first black bishop to hold post
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops elected a new president and vice president for the coming term as Bishop Anthony Pilla of Cleveland ends his tenure as president. Being elevated to the number one spot is the past VP of the Conference Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, head of the Houston-Galveston Diocese. Though that was not a surprise to most, what might be was the selection of Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Belleville, Illinois Diocese who is the fifth black bishop to head a Catholic Diocese and the first to hold such a high office as vice president on the Conference Board. Bishop Fiorenza, while a strong pro-lifer, has been a director and active proponent of the organization Cathoic Campaign for Human Development which has come under fire for sponsoring groups opposed to Catholic teaching. For more, click on new NCCB officers.
Bishops planning ways to curtail pro-abortion Catholic politicians with stricter measures that will carry clout
In an attempt to beef up the authority of the bishops and follow the example of such staunch pro-life advocates as Cardinal John O'Connor the National Conference of Catholic Bishops is drawing up stricture measures that will keep in check Catholic politicians who veer from true Catholic teachings and doctrine, specifically the culture of life in respect abortion and euthanasia. Up until now only a few bishops have taken the bull by the horns and stood up to Catholic politicians, but with these stronger measures all bishops will have no choice but to stand up for Catholic teaching on issues that are in direct opposition to our beliefs. With these new stipulations, loopholes should be closed and people like Ted Kennedy will no longer be able to "hide" behind his cafeteria Catholicism. For more, click on Pro-life measures.
Holy Father urges respect for environment because it is God's creation and asks NATO officials to be the peacemakers as word from Iraq verifies Papal Visit in November 1999 to birthplace of Abraham
Making sure rain and wind would not cut short his weekly papal audience as it did last week in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father returned to the friendly confines of Paul VI Hall where he encouraged all to have a healthy respect for the environment because it is God's creation. He also singled out NATO officials in attendance, urging them to concentrate all their efforts to peace and be sensitive to the injustices and atrocities occuring in the world today. He reminded all that we should learn from history - especially in this century with two world wars and a possible third with the tension building up with the Iraq crisis. Whether the crisis in Iraq will be over in a year will have a large impact on whether the Pope makes his historic trip to Ur on the banks of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers as the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch affirmed this week from Baghdad. For more, click on Weekly audience and potential papal visit .
Nun with over seventy years of service to the poor and the Church to be honored with Franciscan University's prestigious Poverello Medal
Just a year removed from the century mark, 99-year-old Sister Peter Claver Fahy, MSBT will be honored on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with the Poverello Medal, the highest award presented by the Franciscan University of Steubenville. The honor will be bestowed by University president Father Michael Scanlan, TOR. The award is presented to the person who best personifies the virtues and actions of the Franciscan founder Saint Francis of Assisi. Among the best known people who have received the prestigious medal in the past were Mother Teresa and Dr. Jonas Salk to name a few.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today we commemorate the Thirty-third Thursday in Ordinary Time and stay in the same mode tomorrow with the Thirty-third Friday in Ordinary Time before celebrating the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Since this coming weekend focuses on the Solemnity of Christ the King, today we turn our attention to Saturday's feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Our Lady:
Eternal Father, we honor the holiness and glory of the Virgin Mary. May her prayers bring us the fullness of Your life and love.