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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.
Installment Eighty-two

The Crusades: a 200-year odyssey for the faith

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

Being thankful!

The Priest is never right in our eyes, but God is the judge, not us!

"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..."

Messages Two Hundred Ninety-two and Two Hundred Ninety-three

Message Two Hundred Ninety-two, February 12, 1993

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

Message Two Hundred Ninety-three, February 14, 1993

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

Events Today 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

Historical Events in Church Annals for November 24:

(Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companion martyrs of Vietnam

  • 496 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Anastasius II is chosen 30th successor of Peter on this date. This Roman born pontiff would serve for two years, dying on November 19th, 498. His pontificate was marked by the conversion of King Clovis, monarch of the Franks which would bring the faith to all of France. It is Anastasius who is unfairly portrayed as being in hell in the poet Dante Alighieri's famous "Dante's Inferno.

  • 642 A.D.
  • The Jerusalem-born Pope Theodore I becomes the 73rd in the line of Peter. His papacy would last seven years and he died of poisoning at the hands of schismatics. He added the title "Sovereign" to that of "Pontiff," and restored order to the internal Jurisdiction of the clergy. His seven year papacy would be marked by grave disagreements between himself and the Eastern Emperor Costans II.

  • 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.

  • 1713 A.D.
  • Birth of Blessed Junipero Serra in Petra on the island of Majorca. He would go on to enter the Franciscan Order in 1730 and become the pioneer missionary of the west coast of America, establishing 21 missions in California and dying there in Monterrey on August 28, 1784.

  • 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

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