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MONDAY      November 23, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 229

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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.


NEXT WEEK: CHAPTER III: INTELLIGO UT CREDAM - The different faces of human truth.

There is only ONE WAY to PRAY: From and with the HEART!

     As we begin preparation for Christmas, we bring you the benchmark 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

How to Pray with the Heart part one

"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..."

Messages Two Hundred Ninety and Two Hundred Ninety-one

Message Two Hundred Ninety, February 7, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Two Hundred Ninety-one, February 10, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of St. Scholastica)

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

Historical Events in Church Annals for November 23:

  • 97 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Clement I, 4th successor of Peter whose pontificate lasted 9 years. For more on this early Pope, see TODAY'S LITURGY.

  • 615 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Columban, Irish Abbot and missionary. For more on this saint, see TODAY'S LITURGY.

  • 1165 A.D.
  • Pope Alexander III returns to Rome at the invitation of the citizens on this date from exile after Frederick of Barbarossa had established the antipope Paschal III. Though he was welcome, he could not offset the ruthless power of Barbarossa.

  • 1700 A.D.
  • Cardinal Francisco Albani is chosen the 243rd successor of Peter and selects the name Pope Clement XI. When he received the news of his election he waited a week before accepting the papal crown to assure himself it was legitimate. He was a man of great culture and a lover of the arts, enriching the Vatican Library. His pontificate would last 21 years and he would conclude the 16th Jubilee the year he was elected.

  • 1927 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, Mexican priest and martyr. For more on him, see TODAY'S LITURGY who had fled the country in 1914 to escape religious persecution but returned in 1926 to meet the needs of his people. Often traveling in disguise, he was arrested on phony charges and martyred for his faith. As he stood bravely before the firing squad, he refused the blindfold, forgave his executors and uttered his last words "Viva Cristo Rey" which meant "Long live Christ the King."

    October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       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.

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


    "Man's steps are from the Lord; how, then can a man understand His way?"

    Proverbs 20: 24

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