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Events today in Church History
Today is the 469th anniversary of the date when Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was arrested by order of King Henry VIII for he refused to approve of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boyleyn. It was the beginning of the split from Rome. For other 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 the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Thirty-first Thursday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on St. Charles, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Ambrosian Missal for the Preface celebrating the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo:
Today we wish to praise You as we recall our saintly bishop Charles, who glorified You by his eminent virtues. You gave him to the Church as a solicitous shepherd who was a shining light in the darkness of the world and, inflamed with ardent charity, was for Your flock a mirror of life and a model of justice. He led to You the people entrusted to his care and in moments of difficulty he was able to sustain his people with dedicated love.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"He who loves strife loves guilt; he who builds his gate high courts disaster." Proverbs 17: 19
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For the first time ever, an apparition is approved in the first stage while still on-going at Betania |
Because of the fruits, Bishop Pio Ricardo Bello who had just been appointed head of the Diocese of Los Teques in Venezuela and who had known the Betania visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini for well over forty years, surprised everyone with an official letter of approval of the Betania Apparitions at the Diocesan level on November 21, 1987. It was the first time an apparition had been approved while the visions were still happening. He based his findings on all the evidence he had poured over. He would be rewarded for his faith and belief on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception four years later when the Sacred Host would bleed in the hands of Maria's Spiritual Director after consecrating the Host at Holy Mass in front of thousands. For the chapter, Approval of the Apparitions and the Universal Meaning of the Messages, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
"This Chastisement is My Mercy."
Those are the powerful words from Our Lord in message 264 and prefaced in message 263 by His Blessed Mother as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady prepares us for her Divine Son's Coming, reminding us the time is very, very near and Jesus confirms everything she has conveyed by expounding on the fact that the sorrows we will experience are all part of the cleansing - His Mercy at work in preparing us for the Age of the Divine Will and He reemphasizes the importance of the Lord's Prayer, particularly the passage "Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." For messages number 263 and 264, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Biblically speaking, Noah was way ahead of his time and so are the kids! Today we bring you two short vignettes on biblical events structured around misconceptions of what really happened or what the words really meant in one entitled "The Bible According to Kids" and the other regarding the Genesis account of Noah and his ark from a modern perspective for application today. For these two vignettes, click on A NOVEMBER CORNUCOPIA OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Cardinal Ratzinger refutes claim that Traditionalists disrupting unity within Church
While many, mostly modernists, are trying to villainize those who prefer the Latin Mass over the the Novus Ordo Mass, the Traditionalists have a strong ally in the Pope's right hand man Cardinal Josef Ratsinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He spoke strongly for the needs and reverence of the old Latin Mass at a conference for 3,000 who had come to Rome from all over the world to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei in which the Holy Father encouraged bishops to promote the Latin Mass for those who desired it to enhance their faith. Ten years later the group was rewarded when the Pope himself spoke to them urging once again that all the bishops intensify their efforts to accommodate the "Latin lovers'" heart. For more, click on Latin Mass.
Hurricane Mitch prompts plea for help from Latin Bishops and Pope who laments tragedy in Central America
While the Holy Father was conveying his condolences via a telegram to the head of the Church in Nicaragua, the Bishops of Central America were united in pleading for Hurricane relief assistance as hundreds of thousands have been devastated by this terrible tornadic hurricane that has flooded Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and parts of Guatamala leaving over 7,000 dead and countless more missing or homeless. The Knights of Malta have responded by pledging three million to help in any way they can, but much, much more is necessary. For more, click on Hurricane
Polish Government wants closure on Auschwitz controversy after unauthorized Stations of the Cross erected over the weekend
The impasse at Auschwitz grew more tense over the weekend when Catholic zealots, already under the gun by their bishops to cease and desist, placed Stations of the Cross outside the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in western Poland. The controversy already is boiling over because of the hundreds of white temporary crosses put up by the Catholic zealots which has riled Jewish factions who believe they have a monopoly on the tragedies of Auschwitz, forgetting that a million Catholics also died there including Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Saint Edith Stein. The Polish Government has called for an immediate solution to the impasse that exists. For more, click on Problem in Poland
Bishops of Mexico begin preparations for Papal Trip to Mexico City in January
With less than three months before the Holy Father once again sets foot in the western hemisphere with his trip to Mexico City, the Bishops of Mexico will meet next week in preparation for the Papal Trip which will bring official closure to the Synod of the Americas begun last year at this time in Rome. The theme of the Closing Synod will be: "The Church
as sign and sacrament of reconciliation." At the meeting next week in Mexico City priority will also be given to the situation in Chiapas and assistance for the hurricane victims. For more, click on Mexico .
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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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