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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is the Collect for today's Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes:
God of mercy, we celebrate the feast of Mary, the sinless Mother of God. May her prayers help us to rise above our human weakness.
Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date in 731, Pope Saint Gregory II passed away. He was the 89th successor of Peter and his claim to fame was fending off the iconoclasts from penetrating Italy, thus preserving both sacred images and the faith in the land of Lombardy. His stance gave encouragement to the Church and the faithful in defeating iconoclasm once and for all. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD"Because thou has seen Me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed." John 20: 29
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- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Messages 391 and 392 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Friday and Fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time plus Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, as well as the SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME leading into the Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time.
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Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
141 years after Our Lady appeared near the sewers along the Gave River, Lourdes has become a global cleansing center for healing|
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the 141st anniversary of the first apparition in this city in southern France where the Mother of God appeared to Saint Bernadette and confirmed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Tomorrow is the Fifth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on this feast, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Holy Father resumes Wednesday audiences after three week absence; reinforces purpose of his Americas trip: promote the culture of life
Church pleas of bail for framed priest ignored by stubborn judge in case of bishop's murder
The Ukraine beats Romania to the punch by officially inviting Pope to visit
Vatican official blows whistle on UN's hidden agenda to promote contraception
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
"Catholic" means adhering to all the Church teaches - no exceptions!
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and the Holy Father's "enforcer" of the teachings, is in San Francisco today presiding over the Doctrinal Commission conference there. Chief on the docket is assuring that Catholic theologians adhere to all the Church demands. In his column today, Pat Ludwa dissects the clever cloak of deceit dissidents and liberals continue to cast over the gullible ones, the floundering sheep who haven't got a clue as to the fallacy of these wolves in sheeps clothing. Pat exposes them for what they are in his article, What a concept!! For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Are we ready for the Age of Love? That is what Our Lord and His Blessed Mother have been preparing us all for.
Today we complete our segment on the Theological virtues, wrapping up the third part of our series on Charity, the third of the virtues and what Love means and the virtue honored in this Year of God the Father. It was for love of us that Christ died and rose again, and it is for love of us that He will come again. It is for love that He has sent His special messenger of love to His children - His Own Blessed Mother, specifically in these times when love is so misunderstood. For the ninety-fifth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Our Lady has a special gift for us from her Divine Son
That gift is grace which the Blessed Mother, through permission of her Divine Son Jesus, wishes to bestow to all who are faithful to Him. This is the essence of Message #390 on the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption in which she implores all to let love blossom in our hearts. Our Lady prefaces this in her Message #389 the day before as well to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Mary warns of the spiritual darkness and satan's temporal powers that can only be defeated by surrendering our will to God's Will. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Investing in the Communion of Saints
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"The Christian way is to use money that those who are helped may be our intercessors in Heaven."
Today, being the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we feature the sacramental most renowned from this site - the healing, holy water of Lourdes. It is not that this water has any secret scientific or medicinal powers but that it has spiritual powers that God allows healing through the use of these healing waters. Water cannot be "holy" unless it is blessed and must be blessed by a priest or higher. He will add a pinch of blessed salt and mix it with the water saying more prayers. The water represents purity of the soul; the salt stands for prudence. Together they are a symbol of purity and immortality. When we bless ourselves with Holy Water we are invoking God's blessings and can gain a 100 day partial indulgence everytime we bless ourselves with the right intentions. Holy Water is one of the principal sacramentals of the Church. There are four different types of Holy Water which, by their use, differentiate its importance. First, we have the ordinary Holy Water mentioned above, used in fonts and the Asperges sprinkler for special liturgical functions as well as small vials or bottles for home use; then there is the water for the baptismal font which includes the ingredients of a small amount of chrism (mixture of pure olive oil and balm blessed by the Bishop on Holy Thursday) and the oil of catechumens. This is used for Baptism, Holy Orders and in ordaining Bishops. The third is water of consecration consisting of salt, wine and ashes mixed with the water. This is also called Gregorian water and used for consecrating a church. The fourth is Easter water which is blessed on Holy Saturday and used in the homes and to bless religious items during the Paschal Season. Every time we bless ourselves, others or something with Holy Water, we help drive the evil spirits away and beckon God's angels to gather. (source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House; Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher).
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Holy Father dedicates his Wednesday Audience to reinforcing purpose for his Papal Visit to the Americas
The Pope, attending his first regular Wednesday Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall in three weeks, spent much of his time reaffirming to all the intent of his recent trip. That was to remind all of the necessity to cultivate the culture of life throughout the fabric of society in the Americas. It is the only way to overcome the stifling and satanic culture of death. For more, click on Papal Audience.
Despite pleas of the Vatican, Guatamalan judge remains stubborn in refusing to release scapegoat priest
Despite the fact the Vatican as well as human rights groups have provided evidence that Father Mario Orantes Najera is being set up as a scapegoat for the murder of human rights auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera last April, the Guatamalan judge Henry Monroy has denied bail. Human Rights groups claim they have overwhelming proof that the murder of the bishop was committed by Guatamala military men in retaliation for the Bishop's criticism of the government's sad human rights policy and the government has been involved in a cover-up of the murder ever since, casting out red herrings to take attention away from their devious deed. For more, click on Guatamala Guile.
Ukraine gets the jump on Romania by formally extending invitation for Pope to visit
It's official. Following up within 24 hours of the religious affairs chairman's invitation, the President of the Ukraine Leonid Kuchma announced he has already presented a formal invitation to the Holy Father via his Prime Minister. No date has been set but the Pope is tentatively planning on late this year although it could coincide with a visit to Romania if that can be worked out. Currently both countries are vying to be the first predominantly Orthodox country the Vicar of Christ visits, although, because the Romanian Patriarch is dragging his feet, the Ukraine now has the inside track. For more, click on Ukraine invite
Vatican gives UN failing marks for its dogged determination to push culture of death despite rejection of its policies in Cairo
It is in a country which has plummetted in its faith - Holland, that the UN is meeting this week in the city known as the Hague. Here Monsignor Frank Dewane representing the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", called the UN on the carpet for failing to further the agendas passed at the Cairo conference and, instead, blatantly promoting their own stubborn contraceptive agenda that cries out culture of death. He lashed out at the leaders for funneling funding to a subversive agenda of forced sterilization and family planning that promotes contraception instead of what the funds were intended for: reducing poverty and promoting education. For more, click on Abortion Agenda.
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