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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today we begin a full week of feasts with the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass of the Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran Basilica in Rome:
God our Father, from living stones, Your chosen people, You built an eternal temple to Your glory. Increase the spiritual gifts You have given to Your Church, so that Your faithful people may continue to grow into the new and eternal Jersusalem.
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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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Like clouds and wind when no rain follows is the man who boastfully promises what he never gives." Proverbs 25: 14
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- Installment Eighty as we continue a review of the first 12 centuries in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Messages 271 and 272 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 10th
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church and for Wednesday, Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop.
- ...and much more in our 220th issue!
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Pope points out in his encyclical Fides et Ratio that, "The fool thinks that he knows many things, but really
he is incapable of fixing his gaze on the things that truly matter." |
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 fourt part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The fourth installment begins the second chapter Credo ut Intellegam focusing on how "Wisdom knows all and understands all" and the Holy Father cites Wisdom and Proverbs in Sacred Scripture in pointing out that there is room for both faith and reason, but that the man without faith is a fool in his reasoning. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the fourth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Instead of the Church entering into the secular world to do its best, the secular world entered into the the Church to do its worst
In his weekly column Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. those are the words he uses to best describe the confusion after Vatican II as he continues a short three part series on the Church and Vatican II and the fact that the Faith is still secure despite the deviations some have made within the Church, but he points out by citing Matthew and Luke what Jesus said about this and that the Holy Father, in his wisdom, is waiting for the harvest to rid the wheat from the chaff at the "End of the Age." For Father's column Let us clutch to our FAITH and move on part two , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"The road to eternal life is a road of suffering. Is this not the path my Divine Son showed you by walking it Himself? How foolish are those who scorn suffering and reject it."
Those words come from the Blessed Mother in messages 269 and 270 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart just prior to New Year's Day in late December 1992 in which Our Lady pleads for her little ones to accept the Cross and whatever sufferings her Divine Son Jesus so wills for His children for it is all part of the purification in preparation for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and for eternal bliss with the Beatific Vision. She warns us of the signs of the antichrist's reign and that only by being obedient to the Divine Will will our souls be able to escape unscathed. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
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Holy Father seeks to wipe slate clean for Jubilee 2000 regarding executions and debts as one of his fellow country men is murdered in the Congo
His Holiness Pope John Paul II has called for all countries to forestall any public executions during the Jubilee Year 2000 and also for impoverished countries of the Third World to be forgiven their debts in an effort to enhance human rights for all as we enter the new millennium. At the same time he was making his statement to a special group called the "Parlilamentarians for the Jubilee" word came that one of his fellow Poles - a missionary priest - had become the fourth Polish missionary to be killed in the Congo as persecution of religious seems to be escalating this year. For more, click on Papal plea
Vatican employs spin control to soothe fears of rift between Holy See and Israel
Trying to assuage reporters and others who may have read too much into Israeli ambassador to the Holy See Aharon Lopez' comments criticising the cause for beatifying Pope Pius XII, the Vatican assured all that the remarks were from Lopez solely and do not represent the views of the State of Israel and also that it would have no influence whatsoever on the progress of the beatification process for the 260th successor of Peter who has far more Jewish supporters to his cause and what he did for them then detractors even though the latter are getting more press. The Vatican also nixed any recommendations by Lopez to open the archives regarding Pius and the holocaust since the Pope has already opened them. For more, click on Downplaying Ambassador's remarks.
Church convinces Guatamalan authorities to do thorough investigation of human rights bishop's murder while Nicaragua places Church in charge of relief provisions in hurricane ravaged areas
Reeling from criticism about a potential cover-up by Guatamalan authorities regarding the murder of human rights Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi last April, the country's highest ranking judge agreed to take on the case as an independent counsel at the request of the Church to assure that a priest living at the bishop's residence at the time of the prelate's death will not be falsely convicted without definitive proof which many claim they do have concerning the fact paid soldiers committed the dastardly deed. Meanwhile just north in Nicaragua, the president of that hurricane-ravaged Central America country has asked the Church to take charge of dispersing aid and food to the victims to assure that there will be no hoarding and all who are due relief will receive it. For more, click on Relief in Central America .
Witch-hunt being formed against pro-lifers by Justice Department, liberal judges and other promoters of the culture of death
The murder of an abortion doctor in Buffalo, New York last week has prompted Washington D.C. to push the panic button and form a task force that basically, because of its composition of participants, will be nothing more than a pro-abort culture of death vigilante band against pro-lifers. What progress pro-lifers have made in legislature and at the ballot box are more and more being overturned by liberal, pro-abort judges; the latest being a judge in Kentucky who overturned the partial-birth abortion ban in that state. Meanwhile in Cuba a well-known pro-life doctor's home was plundere by culprits suspected to be aligned with the Cuban secret police. In Vancouver, the archbishop there reinforced an editorial against the slain abortion doctor. For more, click on Devil's disciples.
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