October 12, 1998
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October 12, 1998
vol. 9, no. 199


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Fr. Stephen Valenta's column Hearts to Heart Talk


This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Events today in Church History
     Today is the 206th anniversary of Congress officially recognizing and honoring the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus who was so instrumental in bringing the Catholic faith to the new world with the missionaries he brought with him. Besides Columbus Day, there are other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

     Today is the Twenty-eighth Monday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow, the Twenty-eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time, is also the 81st anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima - the day in which over 70,000 personally witnessed the sun danced. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

     Today's prayer is in honor of the Holy Spirit in this Year of the Holy Spirit as we countdown to the Jubilee:

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that in the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

"If a son ceases to hear instruction, he wanders from the words of knowledge."
Proverbs 19: 27

445 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • Installment Seventy-six in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Messages 230 and 231 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 13th

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY for the twenty-eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time shared with the Feast of Pope Saint Callixtus I, Martyr.

  • ...and much more in our 200th issue!

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GIF images used with permission of EWTN Holy Father reinforces Humanae Vitae to Western U.S. Bishops
     On the feast of the most recent Doctor of the Church Saint Therese of the Child Jesus the Holy Father gathered the bishops from the Western United States including controversial liberal Cardinal Roger Mahony and, in no uncertain terms, but lovingly encouraged these prelates to defeat the culture of death by heeding the wisdom of Humanae Vitae which is the source of virtue and disregard for it has led to a deterioration of morals and values, especially in the prosperous United States. For the second of two parts, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

How many realize we have it better than the angels?
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.     That question above may seem far-fetched until one reads today's column by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. who treats the subject of Reconciliation today in the first of a short two parter. He emphasizes how when it comes to reconciliation there was no turning back for the fallen angels once they crossed the line, but, in God's infinite mercy and love, He has given man the opportunity and gift of reconciliation - reconciliation with Him, with our fellow man, and with ourselves. For Father's column, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

"I solemnly tell you that the natural disasters shall come."
Queen of Prophets      Should we be surprised at the storms, hurricanes, floods, fires, droughts, crop failures, cold spells and earthquakes that have visited our country the last few years? Our Lady has prophesied they would occur and why. The pertinent words from the Blessed Mother Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the headline quote is just a sample of what Our Lady foretells in today's two messages from the 632 she imparted between September 20, 1990 and the feast of Corpus Christi in 1995. For messages number 228 and 229, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE

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    The sacredness of the liturgy is being abused Holy Father tells U.S. Bishops
    Pope points out aberrations against the true nature of the liturgy in beseeching the Bishops to return to reverence      Before canonizing Blessed Edith Stein as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross on Sunday, Pope John Paul II met with United States Bishops from the northwestern states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana for their ad limina visit to Rome and reminded them that too many had misconstrued the intent of Vatican II in respect to the Mass. He emphasized the importance of keeping the liturgy pure in the spirit of tradition and seeking to rid the sanctuary of abuses which water down the sacredness and reverence with a lot of noise and confusion that take away from the silence and calm of a ceremony which speaks for itself. After meeting with the bishops he addressed a conference on immigration and expressed dismay at the feudal system that has been imposed on so many with dignity being put aside. For more, click on Ad limina

    Senate sends unanimous message to president and offending countries: Persist in religious persecution and you'll be persecuted!
    Senate unanimously passes Religious Persecution Bill       By a 98-0 vote the Senate joined the house in overwhelmingly passing the long-sought Religious Persecution Bill that will put pressure on the president of the United States to take action against those countries who persist in religious persecution. The timing is needed in light of the recent rash of persecutions of Catholic religious in India, Africa and South America. It is also a direct counter to Islam countries who have declared they will persecute, even kill, anyone who converts from Islamism to Christianity. For more, click on Religious Persecution Bill.

    A black mark on Portugal and the Nobel ideals
    Nobel Prize winner from Portugal shames country with his attacks on Church      Just days before Portugal remembers the 81st anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima and when so many Portuguese saw the miracle of the sun, they have been blighted by the actions of an avowed Portuguese communist who somehow, someway was presented the Nobel Laureate for Liturature for his attacks on the Church in his blasphemous book "The Gospel according to Jesus Christ." The Vatican has lambasted both Jose Saramago and the committee that presented the award for their insensitivity toward Christ and His Church. For more, click on Pungent in Portugal.

    Mexican Bishop refuses to be obedient, causing camps to form for and against his ouster
    Bishop refuses to resign. Will Vatican step in?     The Church teaches obedience in all things. This applies to bishops as well as priests and the faithful. It would seem to be the case for Bishop Arturo Lona Reyes from the Diocese of Tehuantepec, Mexico who is notorious for his insistence on Liberation Theology. Because of that, and the fact he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop in Mexico City has demanded his resignation. His reply: Hell no! He is not only disobeying a direct order from his superior, but he is ignoring Canon Law. Reyes, long an opponent of the Holy Father and his policies is trying to muster support among his fellow bishops and the people against Rome. And you thought the schism was just manifesting itself in the United States!!! For more, click on Disobedient bishop.

Catholic World News ServiceFor more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

Medjugorje Monthly Message for September 25th
The Gospa's message for September    Dear children! Today, I call you to become my witnesses by living the faith of your fathers. Little children, you seek signs and messages and do not see that, with every morning sunrise, God calls you to convert and to return to the way of truth and salvation. You speak much, little children, but you work little on your conversion. That is why, convert and start to live my messages, not with your words but with your life. In this way, little children, you will have the strength to decide for the true conversion of the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

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