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Events today in Church History
Today is the 40th anniversary of the election of Cardinal Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli to succeed Pope Pius XII as the 261st successor of Peter. He would of course take the name John XXIII and turn the world and Church on its ear with the announcement of Vatican II. 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 Feast of the Apostles Saint Simon the Zealot and Saint Jude Thaddeus, patron of hopeless cases, while tomorrow is the Thirtieth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these two Apostles, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Devotions honor Saint Jude Thaddeus. For the Prayer to Saint Jude and Consecration to Saint Jude, click on PRAYERS TO SAINT JUDE
PROVERB OF THE DAY"A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart; good news invigorates the bones." Proverbs 15: 30
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- LITURGY for Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time.
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Our Lady chooses 1984 to manifest herself to many at Betania |
It was George Orwell who wrote the novel "1984" but it was the Blessed Virgin Mary who made that year very, very special when she fulfilled her promise to appear on May 13th, not only to the visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini, but also to the many who would be in attendance. It was the first open manifestation that Mother of God had 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 fourt part, we trace the events leading up to her apparitions on the feast of Fatima and why Our Lady chose a small farm in the lush, tropical area of Betania south of Caracas. For the chapter, "Our Lady manifests herself to many," click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
The Door to Jesus' Heart is there for the opening, but we refuse to see or acknowledge it because satan blinds us
That is the gist of the two messages we bring you today from the Blessed Mother Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady urges us to come to the Flame of her Divine Son's Sacred Heart for it is the Golden Door to Heaven by which we need to pass through to attain eternal life. Her messages to her earthly messengers are fast coming to an end and she endeavors to spur her children on, to turn them away from the world and concentrate on the ultimate rewards ahead. For messages number 253 and 254, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
So that the blind may see even though satan tries to cover our eyes with the mask of deceit Today we bring you two short vignettes - one reflects the great imitator and father of lies who is so clever. How clever? Just read "Satan's Beatitudes". The second "That the Blind May See" is even shorter, but gets right to the point that to see something is to remember, but remember which is more important as we wrap up the Octoberfest Appeteasers before heading into a November Cornucopia of Appeteasers next week. For these two vignettes, click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Has Hitler returned to haunt the German people?
We all know the hated fuerher is dead and gone, but not his ruthless ways as evident by the German Constitutional Court who ruled this week that Bavarian Catholics could not limit the amount of money doctors earned from performing abortions, thus opening the proverbial "Pandora's Box" in forcing abortion on the people of Bavaria. This, sadly has been the trend during this decade, before the nineties, Germany was one of the most pro-life countries in Europe. For more, click on German travesty.
In aftermath of abortionist's death, question remains: Who is the real murderer?
Media reports are slanting the murder of baby murderer Dr. Bernard Slepian in Buffalo, New York this past weekend as being the work of fanatic pro-lifers and pro-abort groups are jumping on the bandwagon to condemn the pro-life movement. Remembering that Bill Clinton wasn't afraid to sacrifice our young men and women in war to take America's attention off his immoral acts, could it be possible that the real murderer is one who is endeavoring to frame the pro-life movement just before the elections when so many pro-abort candidates have been tredding water in hoping to survive. We wouldn't put it past them to canonize a baby murderer and blame it on those who uphold life, but outspoken culture of death advocates are quick to point the finger at the pro-life demonstrators as promoting violence. Funny, they're not the ones who rip the innocent ones from the womb and crush their skulls! In praising a baby murderer do you see a real hypocrisy here on the part of the pro-aborts? For more, click on Who is the real murderer?
Vatican insists that Jerusalem belongs to the world as an international "treasure of humanity"
While lauding the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat for their peace accord, the Holy See expressed serious concern that Jerusalem will be an international hub for all faiths and not strictly Jewish or Moslem oriented. Because of the link to Jesus Christ the Vatican is naturally interested in the Holy City and greatly concerned that the interests and safety of Catholics and other Christian faiths will be protected by an international flavor and respect for the Christian monuments whose heritage is traced to Christ's time without military presence. For more, click on Concerns for the Holy City
Peru and Ecuador announce peace pact that pleases bishops and Vatican
The Holy See and the Bishops of both Ecuador and Peru received the news of a settlement and peace accord between those two countries over the border wars that have raged for decades with great hope for the future of both countries and all of South America. The Church, though not playing an official role in the peace treaty between the two neighboring nations in upper South America, took a very active interest in the progress with the Vatican's Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos in attendance for the historic signing in Brazilia, Brazil. Progress will be monitored by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the United States and portends to a stronger Church in both Ecuador and Peru through cooperation of the bishops and their flocks. For more, click on EcuaPeru Accord.
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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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