Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
Dear children! Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. In a special way, prepare your hearts. May holy Confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness. May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow. Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven. That is why, little children, be mine and decide with me for holiness. Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Part of the suffering is to be dependent on others. It hurts to ask!
In this weekend's issue Cyndi Cain returns after a two-month hiatus from this column with a very sensitive article that is not easy for her to write and, in so doing, it brings to the heart the symphony of suffering she must endure in humbling herself to ask others for assistance. We live in a world where we strive for independence and to depend on others is, in the eyes of the world, a weakness. But this weakness is turned to strength when we place it in God's hands. For her twenty-first sonata entitled You are an active participant in doing what God has asked , click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
PROVERB OF THE DAY"A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray." Proverbs 10: 17
- Seventh 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 294 and 295 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- November 30th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle and then the First Tuesday of Advent.
- ...and much more in our 232nd issue for 1998!
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Papal Bull on First Sunday of Advent to outline Jubilee goals
To mark the new Liturgical Year, the Holy Father will release his papal bull Incarnationis Mysterium on the Grand Jubilee Year 2000 during ceremonies in St. Peter's Basilica this Sunday. It will detail events and objectives for the new millennium, specifically the celebratory year 2000 in which so many activities and events are planned with an emphasis on the spiritual. For more, click on Jubilee papal bull.
Vatican to play "Solomon" in feud between Austrian prelates
The dissent that Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn had hoped to heal when the Holy Father appointed him head of the Archdiocese of Vienna has raised its ugly head with accusations from Bishop Kurt Krenn of the Diocese of St. Poelten over disagreements on what the Pope intended in his ad limina to the Austrian bishops. Krenn called Schoenborn a liar after the latter remarked to reporters that Krenn was misinformed about the contents of the report. Both have appealed to Rome for a solution. For more, click on Brouhaha in the Alps
Catholic students in East Timor protest Muslim muggings
Tension and terror threatens East Timor as Indonesian insurrection targets Catholics and they are fighting mad. They conveyed that sentiment boisterously this week when 2000 Catholic students protested the Muslim muggings, killings and incendiary attacks on Catholic churches in Indonesia. The next step is to move right into neighboring Catholic East Timor and then "Katie bar the door." To prevent this the students took to the streets to assure that authorities stop these senseless slaughters. For more, click on Indonesian insurrection.
Pope offers support for peace process in Congo
The Holy Father huddled with embattled Congo leader Laurent Kabila Tuesday in efforts to sort out ways to bring about peace in that troubled west African country which is struggling with establishing democracy in the face of civil war. The Pope asserted that officials within the Congo cannot do it by themselves but must rely on the international community. Kabila took the Vicar of Christ's words to heart by following up with a meeting with the St. Egidio Community which specializes in mediating such disputes. For more, click on Congo confab
Levi's Jeans now pushing suppression of genes with atrocious idea of condom tree; but NY Mayor chops it down
It would seem Levi's Jeans are now pushing the suppression of genes by sponsoring the "Tree of Life" which was supposed to be a 35 foot tall Christmas tree decorated with condoms for a World AIDS Day event. We all know "tree of life is a misnomer for condoms destroy life. Thankfully, the mayor of New York City, where the event was to have taken place, has canceled the event, due in large part to advertising boycott pressure imposed by William Donohue of the Catholic League of Civil and Religious Rights who has never been afraid of speaking out when the truths of the faith were threatened. For more, click on Atrocity aborted
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Betania: a light in the darkness!
As part of our special Thanksgiving Week issue we bring you the eighth installment of our segment on the Apparitions of Betania in our on-going series. Because of the plethora of articles and material in this special issue, we will not carry our other on-going megaseries WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM? this week. It will return in next Thursday's issue. For today's installment in "The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation," entitled Watch and Pray, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
We have a horn of plenty to toot over the blessings of this year! PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
With the First Sunday of Advent we begin Daily Advent Prayers in preparation for the Coming of the Savior. Also on this day we begin a nine day novena leading up to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. For these Advent Prayers, click on ADVENT NOVENA PRAYERS.
In this Thanksgiving Week editorial we provide a lengthy list of things we should all be thankful for as we present a compendium of the good things that have happened in, with, for and to the Roman Catholic Church this past year. It should give everyone pause to be grateful for the greatest gift we all have been given by Almighty God - our faith! The best way to show our gratitude is first to partake in the true Thanksgiving banquet Thursday morning: the Holy Eucharist which means "Thanksgiving" and then to resolve to do all each of us can to help quicken the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. For this special Thanksgiving commentary For all of this and much, much more, we give Thee thanks! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
LITURGY FOR THANKSGIVING WEEK LEADING UP TO ADVENT
From Wednesday through Saturday we commemorate the final week in Ordinary Time before breaking out the party hats and confetti and toasting the new Liturgical Year, Cycle "A" which begins with the First Sunday of Advent as we begin preparation for the Incarnation of Emmanuel with Monday being the Feast of the Apostle Saint Andrew. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts, click on LITURGY
Events this Thanksgiving Week in Church History
Those words were conveyed by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a special Thanksgiving message in 1994 are preceded by a special Thanksgiving message from His Blessed Mother Mary both imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. In honor of this Thanksgiving week, we divert from our regular chronicle of messages to present two special messages which should inspire us and give us cause to be grateful as well as resolving to prepare all the more during this upcoming season of Advent. For messages 434 and 568 from Our Lady and her Divine Son, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Did you ever wonder where the term "Pope" came from? It was a Latin anigram coined by Pope Siricus, 38th successor who died 1,599 years ago on November 26th. It stood for "Petri Apostoli Potestatem Accipiens" which, of course was "Papa" translated to "Pope" in English. For this and other time capsule events that happened in Church history on November 25th through November 29th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"Enter upon your feast of Thanksgiving with a contrite heart and love Me."
401 - 400 - 399 - 398 - 397 and counting,
hoping and praying...