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MONDAY      November 30, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 232

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No man is an island and needs the blending of faith and reason to reach the ultimate truths!

      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 seventh part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The seventh installment continues the second chapter Credo ut Intellegam focusing on "The different faces of human truth " in which the Holy Father reasserts the need to balance philosophy and religious belief. He in no way demeans the study of reason or the great philosophers, but urges all to return to the fundamental truths passed on by the great philosophers who urged the same thing - the melding of faith and reason. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the seventh installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.


NEXT WEEK: CHAPTER IV: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON - Important moments in the encounter of faith and reason

There is a great distinction between the qualities of the human and angelic natures and it begins in the heart!

      As we prepare for Christmas, we continue to 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. Today Father differentiates between the human nature of man and the angelic nature of spiritual being in showing man's uniqueness of human nature and how without the heart we have no way of communicating with God. For Father's column How to pray with the heart part two , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

How to Pray with the Heart part two

"The angel of light has descended to mark all of my faithful little ones."

      Those words come from the Blessed Mother in messages 294 and followed up in message 295 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in mid February 1993 at the beginning of Lent as Our Lady beseeches all of us to be "holy tabernacles" by converting our hearts and living as her Divine Son Jesus wishes us to live, taking full refuge in His Sacred and Merciful Heart and in Mary's Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. It grows more sorrowful as so many of her little ones, especially her precious priest-sons, wander from the truth and do not impart what truly needs to be embedded in the hearts and minds of the faithful. She asks all to let go and let God. For the messages 294 and 295, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred Ninety-four and Two Hundred Ninety-five

Message Two Hundred Ninety-four, February 16, 1993

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

Message Two Hundred Ninety-five, February 18, 1993

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

Events Today in Church History

      On this date 1,278 years ago Pope Gregory II consecrated Saint Boniface a bishop and then dispatched him to the missions of Germany where Boniface would eventually be martyred but not before playing a key role in the conversion of the Germans and become known as the "Apostle of Germany." 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 30:

(Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle)

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November 30, 1998 volume 9, no. 232   DAILY CATHOLIC