Events this weekend in Church History |
Saturday is the birthday of the Holy Father's predecessor Pope John Paul I who was born Luciano Albino in 1912 in Belluno, Italy. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on October 16th through October 18th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Mary asserts that the Flames of Charity will light the way to her Divine Son
The Blessed Mother Mary emphasizes that all she has conveyed to her visionaries through the approval of her Divine Son Jesus and all that has been foretold through Divine Revelation shall soon come to pass and she reminds us that the Flames of Charity through prayer and good works will be the light to guide us on the path to Jesus. This and many more thoughts in messages 236 and 237 on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, 1992 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, and which we continue to bring you on a daily basis in order to include all 632 messages conveyed between September 1990 and the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1995. Our Lady urges all to take refuge in her Immaculate Heart and Divine Son's Sacred Heart for that is our only true refuge and she is the beacon to guiding us safely to the Harbor of the Two Hearts. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- First Part of the Holy Father's newest encyclical on Faith and Reason - Fides et Ratio: Introduction: "Know yourself" in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART
- Messages 238 and 239 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- October 19th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for Monday, Feast of the North American Martyrs and Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross
- ...and much more in our 204th issue for 1998!
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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Two Decades of Excellence!
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Pontificate of John Paul II on October 16th we present a special salute to the Holy Father in chronologically listing his accomplishments and life both during the two decades he has been head of the Roman Catholic Church and the preparation years as an infant, seminarian, priest, bishop and cardinal. For this special entitled Celebrating the Twenty Year Anniversary of the Pontificate of John Paul II, click on CELEBRATION.
264th Pontificate ofPOPE JOHN PAUL II10-16-78 to 10-16-98
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Holy Father's latest Encyclical Fides et Ratio is released.
On Thursday, Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, the Vatican officially released Pope John Paul II's thirteenth encyclical dealing with Faith and Reason entitled Fides et Ration. In his encyclical, completed on the Feast of the Holy Cross, the Holy Father stresses that Faith and Reason should go hand in hand, but, unfortunately in our modern age they are at different ends of the spectrum and therein lies the cause of the confusion and moral decay in the twentieth century. Also included is a special overview by CWN editor Phil Lawler. For more, click on Fides et Ratio
Polish Celebration to highlight 20th Anniversary festivities at the Vatican
The festivities of the Twenty Year Anniversary of the papacy of Pope John Paul II will have a distinct Polish flavor to it with the attendance of Poland's president and one of the chief Polish cardinals officiating at the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. While everyone is upbeat about the celebration on Friday, the French cast a sour-grapes pall over the event with the release of a poll that shows they want to do their own thing and resent having to follow the moral code established by God and upheld by the Holy Father. The results were released Wednesday in the Parisian magazine La Vie. For more, click on 20th Anniversary
Knights of Columbus honored by Holy Father
Led by Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant, the top officers of the Knights of Columbus met with the Holy Father on the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila. The Pope expressed his sincere thanks for all the Knights have contributed both as a caring fraternal organization of men loyal to the Church and for their financial support to the poor and to renovation of the Vatican. The Order was founded by Father Michael McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882 in the basement of St. Mary's Church. For more, click on Knights.
Priest swears to his innocence in murder mayhem that pits Church against the government in Guatamala
Speaking publicly for the first time since his arrest, Father Mario Orantes, the Guatamalan priest falsely accused of the murder of human rights auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera back in April, proclaimed his innocence. Church officials are hopeful the judge will study all the evidence submitted and realized he could not possibly have committed the dastardly deed. Church and human rights advocates claim this is all part of a massive cover-up by the Guatamalan military and government to protect the real culprits, employed soldiers who bludgeoned the bishop to death. For more, click on Innocence abroad.
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John Paul II will forever leave the mark of excellence on his papacy as he heads into the third decade |
In this weekend's editorial we take note of the greatness of our present Supreme Pontiff who has faced every obstacle and every challenge and overcome everything thrown at him while he launches back with love, firmness and an authority that when the Pope speaks, people listen whether they are Catholic or not. In fact, many non-Catholics pay more attention to what he says than cafeteria Catholics. It is the latters' loss for he truly is "John Paul the Great." Now he heads into the third decade of his pontificate on the eve of the Third Millennium. His goal is to lead all to the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart that will usher in the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart. For the weekend commentary The man for all seasons for all of God's reasons! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
"He who has eyes to see, let him see."
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto tackles a touching story that could very well be titled after John 4: 35, "...lift up your eyes and behold the fields" for a young man despite his own grief lifted up not only his eyes but body, heart and soul to excel on the field, dedicating his feats to someone very dear to him as a loving, obedient son. For Sister's column, A Father's Eyes, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
OF THE WEEKEND
This weekend we celebrate four saints - Saint Hedwig, wife, mother and religious; Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin, Religious and Mystic; Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr; and on Sunday, even though it is superseded by the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, we present the Opening Prayer from the Daily Mass:
Lord, pour out on us the riches of the Spirit which You bestowed on St. Margaret Mary. May we come to know the love of Christ, which surpasses all human understanding, and be filed with the fullness of God.
To commemorate the Feast of Saint Luke, we present the Preface from the Mass on this day which today is pre-empted by the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
You have willed that the mysteries of Christ Your Son, the source of redemption and of life, should be made known through the Sacred Scriptures by the work of men illumined by the Holy Spirit. Thus the words and deeds of the Savior, recorded in the immortal pages of the gospel, were consigned to the Church and became the fertile seed that throughout the centuries produces fruits of grace and glory.
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hoping and praying...
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The trustworthy man will be richly blessed; he who is in haste to grow rich will not go unpunished." Proverbs 28: 20
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