Events this weekend in Church History
Sunday is the 35th anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States, who was shot by sniper/s during his motorcade in Dallas on this date. The above photo is Kennedy and Monsignor Wolf of the Fort Worth Diocese during a prayer breakfast that same fateful morning hours before he was shot. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on November 20th through November 22nd, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"Surrender all to God that your heart might be converted now."
Those words were conveyed by Blessed Virgin Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of the Presentation of her Divine Son Jesus in 1963 and are brought to you on this weekend when we celebrate Saturday the Feast of her Presentation. Our Lady reminds us that the True Faith is being diluted and driven into the background and, for many, the only way to persevere in their faith is to go underground in the face of modernists who strive to change her Divine Son's Holy Church to suit their needs, not God's. She also asks, in her next message, for America to turn back to God or face the consequences as He delivered on the pharoah of Egypt who kept His chosen people from fulfilling God's Will. For messages 288 and 289 from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
PROVERB OF THE DAY"If a ruler listens to lying words, his servants all become wicked." Proverbs 29: 12
- Sixth Part of the Holy Father's newest encyclical on Faith and Reason - Fides et Ratio in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART
- Messages 290 and 291 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- November 23rd in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Thirty-fourth Monday in Ordinary Time and the trilogy of Monday Feasts of Pope Saint Clement I, martyr, Saint Columban, Irish abbot and missionary, and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, religious martyr; and Tuesday, Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and companion Vietnamese martyrs.
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Pro-lifers dig in for battle in Louisiana as Bishops overwhelmingly pass stricter measures at NCCB Conference
A battle is brewing in bayou country as the pro-aborts take aim at the home state of the new pro-life Republican House Speaker Bob Livingston: Louisiana as they challenge the partial-birth abortion ban that has passed in 28 states but has been challenged in 20 with the delta state being the latest. Meanwhile, in Washington D. C. the bishops followed through on the stricter measures we carried in this section in Thursday's issue regarding more clout from the bishops' office that would curtail Catholic politicians that did not toe the line on Catholic doctrine. For more, click on Pro-life.
"Meet me in St. Louie" is Pope's message to Bill Clinton Speaking to a group representing cinema and arts at a Vatican conference organized by the joint Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Social Communication, the Holy Father urged that film can be an expression of the age and express what is good about the human experience. Sin and vices so often depicted wouldn not need to be an integral part of movies if the filmmakers would strive to develop a "new humanism" that would be"a mirror of the human soul which is
constantly searching for God." The Pope expressed that film is an excellent medium for educating and conveying the "eternal message of life" to generations who are geered to the visual. For more, click on faith in film.
When the Pope and Bill Clinton last met in Denver in August 1993, it poured rain - much like tears from Heaven over the culture of death policies Clinton had set in motion. Five and a half years later they will once again meet - this time in St. Louis, Missouri on January 26, 1999 as the Holy Father will touch down for 30 some hours enroute from closing the Synod of the Americas in Mexico City. This time we strongly feel His Holiness will pull no punches in chastising the president for the amoral aura that has permeated this country and Clinton's promotion of the culture of death. We suspect the Pope will also appeal to the US directly to forgive debts and lift the life-threatening embargo on Iraq. For more, click on Papal showdown with Clinton
Pope asserts "sin" can easily be taken out of "cinema" if filmmakers dedicate their efforts to what God wants
Holy See seeks relief from all debts for hurricane-ravaged Central American countries as Church oversees distributing relief supplies
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Following up the Pope's plea last week to prosperous nations to forgive the debts of third world countries by the year 2000, but especially now for those Central American countries so ravaged by Hurricane Mitch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issed an appeal that all debts due from Honduras and Nicaragua be forgiven. Meanwhile, the Bishops in Honduras continue to head efforts to distribute relief supplies to the most needy while the Bishops of Nicaragua urged their government to be fair in its distribution and not exploit others for political gain. For more, click on Hurricane Mitch
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Here in America we cannot play "both sides of the coin!"
In the great Deposit of Faith, we are bankrupting souls if we fail to tithe the King with our time, talents and treasures LITURGY
In this weekend's editorial we address the issue of a monarchy in light of this weekend's great Solemnity of Christ the King and assert that the Church is a hierarchical organization with no room for a "democracy" purely and simply because that is not the way Jesus set up His Holy Church. Sadly today, too few of His modern apostles - the bishops - are remaining true to the teachings of the Church and remaining loyal to His Vicar on earth. Too few serve one Master - Christ the King, and too few are storing up dividends both for themselves and their flocks as obedient, loyal and committed shepherds. Too few are willing to embrace the cross and set the example for their flocks. Too few are being loyal subjects to their King of Kings and upholding the Sanctity of Life. For this weekend's commentary Man cannot serve two masters! Nor can the bishops!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
than many realize!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues to take the reader on a special journey to Purgatory through the interior visions of a special mystic, chronicled by Sister Emmanuel of Medjugorje. In this last installment of a series on Purgatory by Sister Mary Lucy, she gives us a glimpse of what Purgatory is all about as Sister Emmanuel questions mystic seer Maria Simm. For Sister's column, Purgatory is Wonderful! part two, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend we celebrate a few feasts, but they pale compared to the great feast on Sunday - the SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING. After the Thirty-third Friday in Ordinary Time, we observe the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Sunday, even though it is superseded by the Solemnity of Christ the King - the Final Sunday of the Church year before Advent - November 22nd is the traditional feast of the patron saint of musicians, singers , poets and songwriters - Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr, with Monday being the final Monday in Ordinary Time and the trilogy of feasts of Pope Saint Clement I, martyr, Saint Columban, Irish abbot and missionary, and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, Mexican martyred priest. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING we present special prayers for this feast. Click on Prayers and Devotions for Christ the King.
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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