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Events today in Church History
Today is the 1776th anniversary of the death of the sixteenth successor of Peter, Pope Saint Calixtus I, Martyr. 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 Twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Pope Saint Calixtus I, Martyr while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Religious and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, and story on the above saints, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass commemorating the martyrdom of Pope Saint Calixtus I:
God of Mercy, hear the prayers of Your people that we may be helped by St. Callistus, whose martyrdom we celebrate with joy.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Speak not for the fool's hearing; he will despise the wisdom of your words." Proverbs 23: 9
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- LITURGY for Thursday, Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila and Friday, Twenty-eighth Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feasts of Saint Hedwig and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.
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Betania's mystical messenger - an ambassador of Reconciliation with universal impact |
We continue today with our multi-part series on the "New Lourdes" which is, of course, the Apparitions in Betania to visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini on a small farm south of Caracas, Venezuela where the Mother of God has come to announce to the world that this is truly her "land of grace" and that she wants all her children to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation." In the second part, we meet the visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini. For the second part on The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Where have all the angels gone?
They are still there, more numerous than ever, but we do not call upon them enough as the Blessed Mother Mary points out in her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady also asks us to be victim souls for her Divine Son and that the angels will help us and guide us in directing us closer to Jesus, enveloping us when we finally are reunited with Him in Heaven if we but heed her words and God's laws now. For messages number 233 and 234, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Supreme suppositions! Today we bring you some "What ifs" that truly will make you think and resolve to work ever harder in adhering to God's Will and being obedient to His Holy Church and Vicar on earth for the alternatives are not an option. In addition, we bring you a bit of humor today on some Catholic malaprops that may or may not tweak the funny bone, but surely will keep you alert and thinking. For What If!!!, click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Half a million in Chile hear Holy Father and Cardinal Sodano encourage youth to fear not
Closing the successful five-day conference in Santiago, Chile where half a million youth from North and South America had gathered was the Secretariat of State from the Vatican Cardinal Angelo Sodano who echoed the same message the Holy Father conveyed by video expressing hope and confidence in the youth and beseeching them to not be scared away by the moral teaching of the Church or the responsibilities ahead as the future leaders of the Church. Both entreated the youth to "Be not afraid" but trust in Jesus and grasp the opportunity to reach their peers who are suffering in the shallow relativism of today's society. For more, click on Warming up in Chile.
Conyers visionary claims October 13th was Our Lady's last apparition in Georgia!
To many it might be likened to the "night the lights went out in Georgia" for Conyers visionary Nancy Fowler has long claimed that Our Loving Mother Mary's purported appearances to her in a field twenty-miles east of Atlanta would end after October 13th, the 81st anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima. Past Diocesan bishops have been skeptical that Our Lady is actually appearing to this fifty-year old mother and housewife who has been receiving messages since February 1987. Even though she personally informed the late ordinary of Atlanta Archbishop James Lyke that he had cancer, which he died of shortly after, he was not favorable to her. His successor Archbishop John Donoghue has made no formal announcement on the Conyers apparitions where hundreds of thousands have flocked, but he cautions all to discern for themselves. Reports are that Nancy will now move to Florida and out of the limelight now that the messages are completed. For more, click on Crowded in Conyers
South and Central American Church leaders want to borrow on United States' methods of tithing to tide them over
Hoping to stem the tide of poverty and continue treading the waters of church offerings, South American Church leaders are tapping into the success stories of United States Catholic Dioceses and parishes in an effort to borrow from their expertise in promoting a greater responsibility toward tithing and sharing of wealth in time, talent and treasure. With the help of the non-profit Arguidius Foundation ecclesiastical leaders have employed all the methods they can to reach financial autonomy by 2010 when half of the world's Catholic population will come from South America. For more, click on Tuning in to Time, Talent and Treasure
The fabric of society and family life be damned, the French legislature intent on passing cohabitation bill despite Church protests
Despite delays in the National Assembly, France's legislative branch, the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, a socialist himself has vowed that the National Socialist Party will be in full force the next time they meet to vote on the controversial measure that would give couples - heterosexual and homosexual - living together outside of marriage the same legal rights as those who have committed to the vows of matrimony. To the chagrin of the Catholic Church and France's opposition party, the socialists are intent on ramrodding this through. If and when it does pass it will be a sad day throughout this land the Blessed Mother has visited so often and a country whose history is ripe with contributions to the Church for well over a millennium. For more, click on Moral Fabric of France fading.
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for September 25th
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
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