October 19, 1998
Feast of the North American Martyrs featuring Saint Isaac Jogues, SJ

October 19, 1998
vol. 9, no. 204


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Saint Isaac Jogues, SJ
     Today is the feast of Saint Isaac Jogues, Jesuit priest, and Saint John de Brebeuf and the other North American Martyrs while tomorrow, besides being the Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time, it is also the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest and religious founder. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

     Today's prayer is in honor of the North American Martyrs and is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass honoring these fallen saints:

Father, You consecrated the first beginnings of the faith in North America by the preaching and martyrdom of Saints John and Isaac and their companions. By the help of their prayers may the Christian faith continue to grow throughout the world.

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures."
Proverbs 19: 21

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GIF images used with permission of EWTN Holy Father stresses the foundation of faith and reason with his encyclical Fides et Ratio
     On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we begin to bring you this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The first installment covers the Introduction titled "Know yourself." For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the first installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

We may know when our feelings are hurt, but not when others' may be hurt
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.     That is an important point brought up by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. who continues on the subject of Reconciliation today in the second of a three parter. He emphasizes how honesty is the best way to communicate our feelings to others for that often breaks down the walls that are put up because someone has been hurt. He also talks about how we need to be reconciled not only with others, but also with ourselves and then we can be truly reconciled with God. For Father's column, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

Though the world has always scoffed and laughed at the Almighty, God will have the last laugh.
Queen of Prophets      That is basically what the Blessed Mother is saying in messages 238 and 239 in October 1992. She reminds us that the evil one is furious at those who are faithful for they are a serious threat to his plans to deceive all. Only by our commitment to all she conveys from her Divine Son Jesus can we hope to defeat the powerful lucifer and make ready for the long-awaited Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. That commitment means turning away from the world and embracing prayer and sacrifice in atonement for man's sins and to storm Heaven in hopes of mitigating much that is to come. This was imparted in 1992 and we strongly believe much has been mitigated through dedication to her cause but we cannot grow complacent. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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    "The time of the new evangelization has arrived."
    Pope John Paul II celebrates 20 years as Supreme Pontiff      Those were the Holy Father's words to a packed throng in St. Peter's Square this weekend when he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his pontificate, taking a nostalgic trip back to his roots and the circumstances surrounding his elevation to the Chair of Peter and giving credit to the great Polish prelate Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski who nurtured the young Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla and encouraged him to accept to which Pope John Paul II responded, "The ways of Divine Providence are mysterious." It is no mystery that he has truly been a special man of God evident from all that has been accomplished during his twenty years as head of the Church. For more, click on Celebration

    Architects of Irish Peace Pact awarded Nobel Peace Prize
    Architects of Irish Peace Pact awarded Nobel Peace Prize       While we criticized the Nobel awarders last week for granting an unlikely award to anti-Catholic Jose Saramago of Portugal for his blasphemous book on Christ, we must laud the same organization this week for their selection of John Hume of the Catholic Social Democratic Party and David Trimble, head of the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party, as recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for their accomplishments and cooperation in forging peace in Northern Ireland this year after thirty years of bitter guerilla fighting and many deaths on both sides. Though there have been a few outbreaks of violence this summer including the staggering car explosion that killed many innocent children, the world is hopeful this will be a lasting peace and all will come to acknowledge its significance and comply with the pact. For more, click on Fruits of Peace.

    Bishops stand up for women's role in the Church but in accordance with Church Law
          The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement entitled "From Words to Deeds: Continuing Reflection on the Role of Women in the church" in order to acknowledge the contributions made by women and to assure them there will be no discrimination when it comes to promoting them to leadership positions but that certain offices are restricted by Canon Law and the Traditions established by the Church's Founder Jesus Christ. One woman who wouldn't agree is Mary Ramerman of the Rochester Diocese who had the audacity to concelebrate Mass with a priest who was severely rebuked by his bishop. She was fired officially after being asked to stay away earlier; just one example of what leadership roles women cannot play. For more, click on Women in the Church.

    God sets priestly role, not man as Holy Father reinforces male-only priesthood and allegiance to Rome as well as urging doctors to honor human dignity
    St. Peter the first Pope was given his consecrated powers by God      Before celebrating his 20th anniversary the Holy Father met with a group of Italian priests and reaffirmed why the Pope must be a stickler for the sacerdotal nature of the office of the priesthood and insist on a male-only hierarchy no matter the customs or cultures for this mandate comes from God, not man. He also urged a group of visiting Italian physicians to be more compassionate to the spiritual, physical and mental needs of all in paying special attention to the human dignity of each individual patient and see the image and likeness of Christ in whoever they treat. For more, click on Decided by the Divine.

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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
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