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ALL SOULS DAY
Today is the commemoration of All Souls with special prayers set aside for the Mass of the Dead in which we remember all those who have passed from this earth. Tomorrow we observe the Thirty-first Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Martin de Porres, Religious and South American missionary. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
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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"Better a little with the fear of the Lord than a great fortune with anxiety." Proverbs 15: 16
- Installment Seventy-nine as we begin 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 261 and 262 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 3rd
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Thirty-first Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the FEast of Saint Martin de Porres, and Wednesday - the Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop.
- ...and much more in our 215th issue!
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Just as Christ was not revealed to many as God when He walked this earth, so also His Body and Blood - present in the Eucharist remains a sublime mystery, hidden in the bread and wine |
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 third part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The third installment continues the first chapter The Revelation of God's Wisdom focusing on Revelation of Christ and the beautiful Mystery He left us in the Blessed Sacrament in "Reason before the Mystery" For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the third installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Only the Roman Catholic Church has the Marks of the True Church
In his weekly column Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. begins a short three part series on the Church and Vatican II and the fact that the Faith is still secure despite the deviations some have made within the Church, but the Church as a whole remains strong and steadfast and still possesses the four undeniable marks of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. In his first part Father points this out and delves into why there is so much confusion today, attributing it to those who are not truly part of the true Church but have forged their own agenda, much as have the multitude of churches who broke away over the centuries. One thing they all have in common as opposed to the Roman Catholic Church: They do not have the four marks of the Church! For Father's column Let us clutch to our FAITH and move on part one , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"I desire the rays of my Immaculate Heart to shine forth into this diabolical darkness."
Those words come from the Blessed Mother in message 260 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart at the beginning of Advent in 1992 regarding the preparation her children need to make in welcoming her Divine Son Jesus at His glorious Incarnation. In both messages 259 and 260 she asks all to pray the Rosary and to be obedient to her Son's True Church and to persevere in these times where all mankind will suffer great chastisements in some form or another. But if we give ourselves totally to Jesus and go before Him in the Blessed Sacrament, we will have nothing to fear regarding our souls. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Holy See reaffirms Divine Revelation of "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Signed by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, the Vatican released this weekend a nine-page document verifying the Papal Primacy to clarify to all the authority of the Pope as the successor of Saint Peter as Jesus Christ affirmed. It is vital that this is established in the Holy See's efforts at ecumenism, especially with the Orthodox Church which balk at the idea of the Pope's primacy. Rather than water it down and compromise, the Vatican is standing strong in the traditions handed down. For more, click on Papal Primacy
It's a fine line between politics and moral responsibility but Illinois Catholics opt for the latter in getting the word out while IRS tries to pin former on a New York church
With the election a day away, the Catholic non-profit organization Catholic Citizens of Illinois are intensifying their efforts to educate Catholics throughout the state that they have a moral obligation not to vote for someone who advocates policies that not only go against Catholic teaching, but God's law. Such is the case with Carol Mosely Braun, who claims she is Catholic but her voting record belies that fact. The organization has aligned her with another dangerous cafeteria Catholic Ted Kennedy in hoping to defeat Braun's relection bid for the Senate. Meanwhile, in Washington a New York church is facing harassment from the IRS because they spoke out against Bill Clinton's moral character in the last election. For more, click on Drawing that fine line in the sand.
Michigan Catholics rallying to put death grip on Dr. Death and Suicide Referendum on ballot
On the other side of Lake Michigan, Catholics in Michigan are energetically working on not only educating the people as to the wrongs of assisted suicide, but raising the funds to defeat the nefarious measure on the state ballot which has been spawned from the activities of the man known as "Dr. Death" - Jack Kervorkian. All the dioceses in the state have donated to the campaign to crush the referendum which, as of the last poll, thankfully looks like it will go down to defeat. For more, click on Assisting the vote against assisted suicide .
Third World countries setting the pace as Vocations multiply while in America and Europe the calling is waning fast!
While America and Europe would seem to be on life-support in their fight to maintain vocations to the priesthood, Asia and Africa are showing a tremendous increase in vocations led by India, Nigeria, the Congo, Philippines and Korea - all countries that have experienced tremendous hardships. From those conditions the fruits of the call to serve God has borne great dividends. Maybe the only way for the established, modern and spoiled countries in Europe and America need to undergo more hardships in order to produce more vocations. For more, click on Vocations .
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