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Events today in Church History
Today is the 233rd anniversary of the death of the eighteenth century Italian master Giovanni Paolo Panini who contributed so much to the great interior of St. Peter's Basilica. 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 Wednesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer honors two saints whom the Church commemorates today in the old liturgy - Saint Hilarion, the fourth century abbot and aesthetic from Palestine, and Saint Ursula, virgin and martyr and her companion virgin-martyrs:
We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the intercession of the Blessed Abbot Hilarion and your martyred servant Blessed Ursula and her companion martyrs may commend us unto Thee; that we may obtain through their advocacy those things which we cannot of ourselves deserve. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The horse is equipped for the day of battle, but victory is the Lord's." Proverbs 22: 31
436 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Installment Eighty-one on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Messages 244 and 245 in our daily dose of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 22nd
- LITURGY for Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time, plus on Friday the Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, priest and religious missionary.
- ...and much more in our 207th issue for 1998!
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Our Lady chooses Betania as the new Lourdes |
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 third part, we discover more about the visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini and why Our Lady chose a small farm in the lush, tropical area of Betania south of Caracas. Click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
"Human expressions more often cause division among my children than harmony."
Those words from the Blessed Mother Mary in message 242 are enhanced in the succeeding message 243 by her Divine Son Jesus in the messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Both Jesus and Mary ask us to not get caught up in the world's idea of success and wealth for often it occurs not only at the expense of others, but the expense of our souls as well. They point out that the time is here when Justice will out and great chastisements will wake the world to Who God truly is. Will it be too late if we don't listen and respond now? That is a question each of us must answer in our heart and why the messages are so important, especially now in 1998. For messages number 242 and 243, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
You can't always tell a book by its cover! Today we bring you a true story about a success story that might not have been had a certain couple been accepted with courtesy and respect. The east coast's loss was the west coast's gain as you shall see in today's appeteaser that reinforces Christ's call to see Him in everyone we meet. For The Cornerstone that the builder rejected!, click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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NEWS & VIEWS
Questions in the Quirinal as Pope and President of Italy meet
Amid all the pomp and circumstance of royalty, the Holy Father was escorted from St. Peter's to the Quirinal in Rome where Italian President Oscar
Luigi Scalfaro greeted him warmly in the traditional interchange that evolved from the time of Pope Pius IX when he was forced to turn over the papal states to King Victor Emmanuel and Vatican City was first formed. The Pope called for cooperation in revitalizing Italy and returning this beloved country to God and to right the moral compass of a proud and blessed nation. There is great consternation among the citizens, especially the faithful with the appointment of the new prime minister who comes from the old school of communism. One can't help but recall Our Lady's words at La Salette and to Father Don Stefano Gobbi about the fate of Italy in becoming "red." For more, click on Papal visit to the Quirinal.
Latin enthusiasts prepare to pay Pope a visit in gratitude for Ecclesia Dei and the perpetual promise of Pope Saint Pius V
Marking the ten year anniversary of the landmark Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei, many from all over the globe are planning a pilgrimage to St. Peter's from Thursday through Saturday in grateful acknowledgment for Papal permission to celebrate the Tridentine Mass which John Paul II acknowledged in 1988 in the aftermath of the great consternation over the Socity of St. Pius X and its founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Since then the Holy Father has approved several orders devoted to the traditions of the Latin Mass, chiefly the Fraternity of St. Peter headquartered in Germany. Now, if only more U.S. bishops were more open to Ecclesia Dei and allow more Latin Masses to be celebrated in their diocese we'd really have progress. For more, click on Latin lovers
Irish eyes are smiling with news the Pope could include Northern Ireland on his itinerary
Promising to return and visit Northern Ireland when he last visited the emerald isle in 1979, the Holy Father is about to fulfill that pledge with the announcement that he is seriously considering it in the aftermath of the Good Friday Peace Accord reached between Protestants and Catholics this year. Despite a few incidents of violence including the terrible fatal car bomb in July south of Belfast, the climate is improving and the Archbishop of the Church of Ireland, which is a branch of the Anglican Church, is intent on seeing that it stays that way by curbing activities during the Orange parades by Protestant marchers as both Catholics and Protestants strive to bring peace to this area that has been ravaged by terror and violence over the past three decades. For more, click on Possible Papal visit
In chess game of Aushwitz property, Polish government loses pawn
The question of removing the makeshift crosses planted at the notorious Auschwitz Nazi death camp by zealous Catholics continues after the Polish government was turned down in its bid to confiscate the property. The Polish bishops have asked that those planting the crosses remove them while being sympathetic to their reasoning since hundreds of thousands of Catholics also died there along with the millions of Jews. Their ancestors stubbornly continue to maintain Auschwitz should be an exclusive shrine to their memory and no one elses even though the Pope visited there in 1979 and a special permanent cross was planted honoring the fallen Catholic martyrs including Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe and the Church's most recent saint Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known to all as Saint Edith Stein. For more, click on Auschwitz angst.
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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
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE