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THURSDAY      January 7, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 4

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How great is your faith?

      Today we begin a segment on the Theological virtues, beginning with Faith and how we perceive this virtue today. Too many have forgotten that faith is a virtue and something that needs to be practiced or we can lose it very, very quickly. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, when talking about the martyrs and about the faithful today, "Dying for our faith really isn't as hard as living up to our faith." That takes on-going commitment and that is what we address as we begin the third year of this on-going series as we sound the fortieth clarion (subject matter) on the Church today. For the ninetieth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Installment Ninety

The Fortieth Clarion:

part one

"Yet when the Son of Man comes, will He find, do you think, faith on the earth?"

Luke 18: 8

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      Faith! What is it? Faith is the first of Theological virtues by which we firmly believe all truths God has revealed, on the word of God revealing them, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. as Jesus says in John 20:29, "Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed."

The saints of Assisi embody the reverence due God

      While kneeling at the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi the Blessed Virgin Mary conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart how Francis and Saint Clare set the example and ensured that all reverence be given to her Divine Son Jesus. These two saints embodied the way to perfection that we should all strive for. Our Lady prefaced this message with one enroute to Assisi on the same day, imploring that we return the crucifixes to the altar to remind everyone that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not a meal per se, but rather the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Our Lord and we must remember why He suffered and died for us. She also encourages the priests to return her Divine Son to where He belongs - front and center by way of placing the tabernacle back at the main altar for over the past 30 years man has replaced God in the sanctuary. For messages 338 and 339, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Thirty-eight and Three Hundred-Thirty-nine

Message Three Hundred-Thirty-eight, May 11, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(outside Spoleto en route to Assisi)

Message Three Hundred-Thirty-nine, May 11, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(At the tomb of St. Francis in the lower chapel at Assisi)


     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".

"Faith is related not to self-assurance but to God; not to an even, but to truth. In fact, there is often the greatest faith when there is the least prosperity."

Events that happened this day in Church History

      On this date in 1566 the holy Cardinal Michele Ghislieri from Bosco, Italy was chosen as the 225th successor of Peter and became Pope Pius V and eventually Saint Pius V when Pope Clement XI canonized him in 1712. It was Pius V who led the reform and enforced all that was passed at the Council of Trent including the Roman Missal which is often called the St. Pius V Missal. He also promoted devotion to the Rosary and attributed Our Lady's intercession for the implausible victory over the Turks at Lepanto. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 7:

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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January 7, 1999 volume 10, no. 4   DAILY CATHOLIC