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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the final Monday in Ordinary Time as well as the feasts of Pope Saint Clement I, the 4th successor of Peter and martyr, Saint Columban, Irish abbot and missionary, and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, priest and martyr; while tomorrow we commemorate the martyrdom of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and his companion martyrs from Vietnam. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for the Masses honoring Pope Saint Clement I followed by Saint Columban, and then Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro:
All-powerful and ever-living God, we praise Your power and glory revealed to us in the lives of Your saints. Give us joy on this feast of Saint Clement, the priest and martyr who bore witness with his blood to the love he proclaimed and the gospel he preached.
Lord, You called Saint Columban to live the monastic life and to preach the gospel with zeal. May his prayers and example help us to seek You above all things and to work with all our hearts for the spread of the faith.
God our Father, You gave Your servant Miguel Agustin the grace to seek ardently Your greater glory and the salvation of Your people. Grant that, through his intercession and following his example, we may serve You and glorify Your by performing our daily duties with fidelity and joy and effectively helping our neighbor.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Man's steps are from the Lord; how, then can a man understand His way?" Proverbs 20: 24
403 and counting,
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Because of the special THANKSGIVING WEEK issue coming Wednesday, we will defer tomorrow's CATHOLIC PewPOINT until Wednesday's issue which will cover Wednesday through Sunday. Therefore we will flip-flop our editorial with the November Cornucopia of Food for Thought Appeteasers.
- Installment Eighty-two as we continue a review of the first 12 centuries in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- A November Cornucopia of Food for Thought Appeteasers
- Messages 292 and 293 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 24th
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for Tuesday - the Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companion Vietnamese martyrs, and the final Wednesday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 230th issue!
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The meaning of life: In our search for truth, the path always leads back to God! |
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 sixth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The sixth installment continues the second chapter Credo ut Intellegam focusing on how to "Journeying in search of truth" in which the Holy Father leads us through Sacred Scripture, doctrine, syllogisms and logic that prove, no matter what culture, our search for truth can only be affirmed in the faith given to us by the faith-Giver - God almighty. By using our reason wisely and correctly, the path always leads back to God! For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the sixth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
There is only ONE WAY to PRAY: From and with the HEART!
As we begin preparation for Christmas, we bring you the signature feature of Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. who constantly preaches living in the heart. The only way we can live in the heart and allude the evil forces of satan is by praying with and from the heart. That sounds easy but it is a lifelong process. Following up his previous series on clutching to our faith and moving on, Father guides us step-by-step as he embarks on this important series all during Advent. For Father's column How to pray with the heart part one , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"Each must become a holy shrine, a living tabernacle by obedience to the Divine Will."
Those words come from the Blessed Mother in messages 291 and prefaced in 290 and were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in early February 1992 at the beginning of Lent as Our Lady was preparing all her little children for the holy, solemn time of Lent, alerting all that only by clinging to her Divine Son Jesus can we be strong against the wiles of satan who so fiercely opposes all the Triune Divinity wants to do to bring us all into Heavenly glory. For the inspirational messages 290 and 291, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
Catholic World News Service
Pope strongly reminds Austrian bishops of the proper way to dialog with dissident groups
Following up his address to the Austrian bishops this past June during his visit there, he once again addressed that body of prelates this time from the Vatican, cautioning them not to be cajoled by the compromising goals of many dissident groups who fail to understand the makeup and foundation of the Church and her doctrines. He urged them to uphold the teachings and to not even enter into discussions that diametrically oppose what he has already set in stone such as women priests. For more, click on Austrian allegiance
With his 60 Minute expose, has "Dr. Death" gone too far this time?
The shocking true-life video of an assisted suicide performed on a Catholic man, suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, by euthanasist Jack Kevorkian, a purported doctor, was shown to the nation last night on CBS 60 Minutes. This unadulterated atrocious act pinpointed the culture of death and brought to a head, encouraged by Kevorkian, the issue of euthanasia which was recently voted down in Michigan due in large part to the Catholic vote. Because of that law Kevorkian definitely violated the law and should be arrested and forgotten. He is striving to be a martyr for the cause and those upholding the sanctity of life cannot allow him to use national television programs and such sensationalist clips as a soapbox for his culture of death crusade. For more, click on sack Jack.
Vaunted Swiss Guard won't just be for "show" any more!
Following the tragic shooting of the commander-elect Alois Estermann on May 5th, it took several months before the Holy Father appointed a new commander Colonel Pius Segmueller who is now taking his job very seriously, asserting late last week that he is in the process of taking the vaunted Swiss Guard to a new level of readiness and military prowess by training them as the Swiss army is prepared so that they will not just be for "show" in their medieval silks but also combat ready even within the Vatican because we are living in these times of terrorism. For more, click on No more Swiss cheese.
Florida takes the gloves off: it's time to restore the Ten Commandments and more signs of God
Enough with this "Separation of Church and State" propaganda that has so twisted our laws in America that God is shut out. It's time to reverse the process and Senator John Grant, a Republican from Tampa, Florida is throwing down the first gauntlet that should bring a wave of protests from the ACLU but he is unfazed. He is out to challenge the true intent of the Constitution which liberal judges over the years have totally misread and turned laws, originally intended by the founding fathers to include God in all things, into eliminating the Almighty completely. Now, he feels, it's time to fight back for it is truly a question of survival for man needs religion and the constitution was set up as protecting all from a state-run religion, but free to express their religion without interference from others and current laws violate that from Christmas creches on public property to the Ten Commandments in courtrooms and schools. For more, click on Taking back our country for God.
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Events today in Church History
On this date 298 years ago Pope Clement XI was chosen as the 243rd successor of Peter. This Italian cardinal, born in Urbino, waited seven days before officially agreeing to become the sovereign pontiff. His papacy lasted 21 years until March 1721. For other 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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