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Events today in Church History
Today is the 59th anniversary of the first encyclical Summi Pontificatus on human society, much in the same vein as Pope John Paul II's most recent encyclical Fides et Ratio. 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-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest and founder of the Passionists while tomorrow is the Twenty-ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of this saint, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth." Proverbs 13: 7
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY always carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
437 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
- Part Three of The Lourdes of the Americas: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- Octoberfest Food for Thought Appeteasers
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 21st.
- Liturgy of the Day on Wednesday and Thursday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 206th issue for 1998!
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Thank God for the national pasttime for "Baseball been very, very good this year!"
Taking a cue from the broken English of Chico Esqual, the fictitious Saturday Night Live character played by Garrett Morris in the seventies and parodied by Sammy Sosa this year in a joint televised interview with Mark McGwire, we take a breather from serious issues and take a lighthearted look at the national pasttime. In today's editorial we get caught up in all the hoopla of the World Series and take a nostalgic look back at the season and past Fall Classics in maintaining hope that the Yanks don't sweep for we are unabashed Padre fans and, unless you're from New York, will be pulling for the Swingin' Friars too once you read the origins of the name and discover that the tradition of the Padres transcends the mighty Yankee dynasty, and New York for that matter, dating all the way back to 1769. For today's commentary, entitled Here in "God's country" we're "Keepin' the Faith!", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
The Babylonian Exile begins at Avignon with the reign of Pope Clement V, known far and wide as Philip's Puppet Pope.
Through the undue influence of the avenging Philip IV, king of France, Pope Clement V became the first in a long line of French Popes that would change the face of the hierarchy and move the balance of power of Peter from Rome to Avignon in southern France. It would be seventy years before Saint Catherine of Siena would convince Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome. For the seventy-seventh installment titled Pope Clement V: The Babylonian Exile begins in Avignon as Philip continues to fiddle while Rome burns , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
"Never shall faith be tested as in these days before the great purification falls from Heaven to rid the earth of evil."
Those are the words from Our Lord in the 240th message and which His Blessed Mother reinforces in the 241st message, both conveyed on October 13, 1992 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Jesus and Mary point out that the world and satan have swallowed up our inner fire to obey and worship God and we have ignored Him in favor of our own comfort zone. They urge us all to return to the safe refuge of their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts and to heed all They impart. For messages number 240 and 241, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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The Holy Father savors the past twenty years while dedicating himself "Totus Tuus" to the years ahead
His Holiness John Paul II celebrated the weekend-long commemoration of his 20th year as Supreme Pontiff by posing the rhetorical questions if he himself had been all God has asked for in an open examination of conscience at St. Peter's Basilica during his Sunday homily. He again made gratitude the keynote of his weekend, thanking all and rededicating himself to carrying out the mission he has been entrusted with: to bring the Church into the New Millennium. For more, click on Past, present and future Papal commitment.
Pope rails at US Bishops over laxity of marriage vows through easy annulments
It may not have been what a group of bishops from the Rocky Mountain and Desert states wanted to hear or that their flock will be happy about, but the Holy Father made it clear he is not happy with the ease to which Catholic couples are attaining annulments and wants the bishops to make it harder to get out of the sacred vows of matrimony to which couples have committed to. He asserted that too many are considering annulments as nothing more than legal divorce within the Church and that the hierarchy must close the loopholes in accordance with what Jesus established. He also insisted that Diocesan tribunals should be more perceptive in the discerning process when preparing couples for marriage and employ Catholic psychological and spiritual testing to assure couples know what kind of commitment they are making. For more, click on Let no man rent asunder.
Vatican carries the campaign to the UN to improve status of women
Carrying on the crusade begun at the Fourth World Conference in Beijing, China in 1995, the Vatican, represented by Helene Lukas called on the United Nations General Assembly to take a deeper involvement in improving the status of women especially in third world countries and to consider their dignity and end injustices that demean women on many fronts. She asserted the necessity to promote a full complement of spiritual, sociological and cultural programs that help enhance the status and dignity of women throughout the world. For more, click on Womenhood.
UN joins Vatican in calling for an end to the charade over who are the real culprits in Bishop's murder
It's about time the world woke up to the travesty the Guatamalan government is perpetrating by covering up the murder of auxiliary human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera who was brutally murdered in April and which all but the Guatamala military and government know was not committed by Father Mario Orantes, the priest being held for the killing. Now the UN has joined the Vatican in trying to expose the cover-up and urging authorities to come straight with what is really happening and to exonerate the innocent. For more, click on Guatamala guise
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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is taken from the Preface in the Passionist Missal honoring their founder Saint Paul of the Cross:
You showed the wonders of Your power in raising up St. Paul of the Cross to keep alive the memory of Christ's Passion. As he contemplated the supreme love of Your Son for us, You gave him mystical insight and wisdom and special gifts of grace. You marked him out by his spirit of penance, by his love of poverty, and by his desire for prayer and solitude. You made him a spiritual guide and a preacher of the gospel. As he proclaimed the rich harvest of salvation, his words and example brought back to You countless sinners who had strayed from You. He kept before the eyes of Your people the Passion of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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