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Today is the 48th anniversary of the founding of the phenomenal order of the Missionaries of Charity founded in Calcutta, India by the late Mother Teresa because of her sincere desire to help the poor, sick and downtrodden for she saw Jesus in every human being. For other pertinent people and events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today and tomorrow we observe the liturgy of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the the date Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity were founded, we present the special prayer prayed each morning by members of the Order:
Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before You, Since every perfect gift must come from You.
I pray, give skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind,
kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up
a part of the burden of my suffering fellow men,
and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all guile and worldliness,
that with the simple faith of a child, I may rely on You.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the Lord Who proves hearts." Proverbs 21: 2
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- Installment Seventy-eight in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Messages 251 and 252 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 27th
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for the Thirtieth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles.
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for October 25th
Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Holy Father points out how God the Father is revealed by God the Son in 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 continue with the second part this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The second installment introduces the first chapter The Revelation of God's Wisdom focusing on Christ's role and how He is the "Revealer of the Father." For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the second installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
When it comes to forgiving one another, we must follow God's example and forget the grievance as well as forgive
That is an important point brought up by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. who completes his short series on the subject of Reconciliation today in the third and final installment. He emphasizes how we can't hold anything back such as saying "I'll forgive, but I won't forget" for then we are putting up a wall and not allowing God's graces to flow completely because we are holding something back. It's not easy to forget, but Father points out we must try and that is why he titles this short series: Reconciliation: A Price to Pay! for it is a price we must pay - suppressing our pride and embracing true humility. That is the nature of the Sacrament of Reconciliation where we humble ourselves in the confessional before the priest, asking forgiveness. If we are truly sorry, then absolution of all our sins and sanctifying grace are assured. For Father's column, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"Behold, all that has been told you shall come to pass."
That is the underlying message imparted by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in message 250 on All Souls Day, 1992 and is prefaced in message 249 by His Blessed Mother the day before on All Saints Day to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart regarding the need to convert our hearts for all that has been foretold has or will be born out as Our Lord and Our Lady remind us. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Holy Father honors four more servants of God with beatifications at St. Peter's Square
The Holy Father added four more blesseds to the long list of beatified ones on Sunday at St. Peter's Basilica when he beatified a Spaniard, Frenchwoman, and Italian - three founders of religious orders - Father Zeferino Agostini, Italian founder of the Ursuline Sisters, Mother Theodore Guerin, French foundress of the United States order of religious nuns called Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana, and Father Faustino Miguez from Spain, founder of the Congregation of the Maids of the Divine Shepherd. The other person beatified was Franciscan Father Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao from Brazil who founded monasteries and convents throughout his country. For more, click on Beatifications
Besides being the cornerstone for society, the Sacrament of Matrimony is special compared to all other unions Pope asserts
Speaking out strongly against same-sex unions and other illegitimate bonds - more and more being recognized today, Pope John Paul II asserted that the bond of holy matrimony is the only one which begets family, which calls for total commitment on the couple's part and fosters family which serves as the bulwark of society and culture. Today that commitment is being watered down by loose legislation and pressure from special interest groups that have no interest in God's laws or His Will. Thus the Holy Father, on the heels of calling American bishops on the carpet for making annulments so easy, spoke out strongly on the elevation of family and family values to a group of European politicians and legislators who were meeting in Rome at the invitation of the Pope and the Pontifical Council for the Family. For more, click on Bonds of Family.
Pope continues family theme in welcoming Vatican's new ambassador from Ireland
The Holy Father welcomed Ireland's newest ambassador to the Holy See, single 62-year old Eamon O'Tuathail, and took the occasion to urge the emerald isle to stay the course and realize that truth transcends everything else. He reiterated much of what he proclaimed in his most recent encyclical Fides et Ratio and urged the Irish people to keep the faith no matter the temptations politically or socially and enlisted the help of governments to provide the proper protection of family through laws that would enhance the moral fiber of the country. The Pope expressed hope that the peace pact signed on Good Friday would provide a permanent platform for peace for all of Northern Ireland. For more, click on Irish Ambassador.
You'll be tricked at Trick or treat time if you think giving to UNICEF is a treat!
We all like to give to worthy charities but how many times have we been buffaloed into thinking we were giving for a cause that really was not the intent at all? Such is the case of the national campaign sponsored by UNICEF and pushed by public schools to collect money for the poor kids elsewhere in the world. The truth is that money does not go to kids but to fund abortions overseas. The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reminded all of that fact and warned all to beware of innocent kids asking for funds that are not innocent but misleading and a flat-out lie! For more, click on unmerciful UNICEF.
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