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Events in Church History
Today is the 285th anniversary of the birth of the Franciscan missionary priest Blessed Junipero Serra who founded the first missions in California - twenty one of them beginning with the first in San Diego's Mission Valley and bringing countless native tribes to the faith. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, a martyred Vietnamese priest and his companion martyrs from that Southeast Asian country. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time until Saturday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on today's saint, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring the martyred priest Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companion martyrs in Vietnam:
O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, You kept the blessed martyrs Andrew and his companions faithful to the cross of Your Son even to the shedding of their blood. Through their intercession enable us to spread Your love among our brothers and sisters, that we may be called and may truly be Your children.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"It is the Lord's blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it." Proverbs 10: 22
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
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Special THANKSGIVING WEEK issue on line Wednesday afternoon
- Part Eight of The New Lourdes: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- A Thanksgiving editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 25th through November 29th.
- Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday through the First Sunday of Advent.
- ...and much more in our 231st Thanksgiving Week Issue for 1998!
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A Crusade to end all crusades for the sake of the Cross and the Church turned into a two-hundred year war!|
We continue with our brief retrospect of the first thirteen plus centuries as we take an intermission from our progression of Popes to focus on the first century of the second millennium. In this installment we cover the twelfth and thirteenth centuries which incorporate the eight Crusades begun in 1095 through 1270. While it spawned many heresies and greed among those looking for the spoils, it also produced great fruits in the efforts of great saints like Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Simon Stock, Saint Clare, Saint Dominic, Saint Bonaventure and Saint Thomas Aquinas. It was also the time when God blessed His Church with His Blessed Mother Mary who bestowed the Scapular and Rosary in those times of crisis which we cover today. For the eighty-second installment titled The Crusades: a 200-year odyssey for the faith , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Thanksgiving means more than Turkey, dressing and pigskin picks!
Too often today Thanksgiving means food and football, and so few truly partake of the Food of Life at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Thanksgiving morning. Too many are concerned with basting and parades or pre-game hype and not concerned enough with the blessings we have all received in our own lives and the blessings of our immediate shepherds in our parishes; for without them we do not have the Food of Life - the confected Holy Eucharist. Yes, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our priests. For the vignettes, Being thankful! and The Priest is never right in our eyes, but God is the judge, not us!, click on A NOVEMBER CORNUCOPIA OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
"I have come among you to reform your lives by conversion of heart."
Those reassuring words from the Blessed Mother's 292nd message in mid-February 1993 and followed up with messages 293 two days later affirm that her Divine Son Jesus will never forsake us and we should never give in to the thought of forsaking Him for the world. Our Lady tells us she weeps for those who have and, in so doing, have created confusion and chaos in His Holy Church as well as our daily lives. She reasserts that the persecutions of her faithful ones will intensify in these coming years and, looking back, we can see how this has been fulfilled five years later. For messages 292 and 293, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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South Pacific permeates St. Peter's as Oceania Synod begins
If one had meandered into St. Peter's Basilica Sunday one might have thought they were on the set of the movie "South Pacific" with all the native islanders from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Maori and other south sea areas performing dances and customs in the aisles of the great Basilica of Rome. But these demonstrations of their individual island cultures were merely part of the great celebration and ceremony in the opening of the Oceania Synod of Bishops which will last until December 12th. For more, click on Oceania celebration.
Incendiary insurrection in Indonesia causes great concern for Catholics and the Holy See
With the alarming reports that collectively nearly sixty people have been killed and hundreds more injured from Muslim student outbursts against Christians and Catholics in and around Jakarta in Islam Indonesia and Catholic churches burning from incendiary bombs and flares, the Vatican has expressed grave concern for the Catholics there and especially in heavily Catholic-populated East Timor which has been annexed by Indonesia after years of Portuguese rule. The Holy See, through Vatican representative Cardinal Joaquin Navarro-Valls urged a quick solution to this senseless violence that erupted less than a year after B.J. Habibie took over as president in a coup. For more, click on Insurrection in Indonesia.
Catholic to the core - that is the objective of the new Catholic University of America president as he's sworn in
The Fidelity Oath may be controversial to some but not to Father David O'Connell, C.M., the newly-elected president of the Catholic University of America. He made that perfectly clear last week when he took the oath at the swearing in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. He became the first president of CUA to invoke the oath administered by Cardinal Bernard Law and Cardinal James Hickey. It was also a statement that he was serious about keeping the University traditional in curriculum adhering to the Holy Father's concern for keeping Catholic universities Catholic. For more, click on O'Connell's Oath.
Leader of Congo calls on Holy Father today
While fighting continues in the Congo, its president Laurent Kabila will be in Rome to meet both with the Italian president and other leaders as well as the Holy Father in a special papal audience as the Pope will break away long enough from the Oceania Synod to meet with the Congo leader. No doubt one of the main topics will be the safety of the religious and missionary priests who have been put in harm's way by guerillas on both sides - those calling for the overthrow of Kabila and those supporting him. Numerous priests and nuns have been killed in this region of Africa over the last year and has caused great consternation with the Holy See. For more, click on Congo conference
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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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