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TUESDAY      October 6, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 195

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"Stay alert and offer yourselves as living prayers."

      Those are the words from Our Lord in the 218th message and is reinforced in the 219th one from His Blessed Mother Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Jesus points out that His Mother's Immaculate Heart will triumph which will usher in His rule as the Christ the King and will be recognized by all. For messages number 218 and 219, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred-Eighteen and Two Hundred-Nineteen

Message Two Hundred-Eighteen, August 21, 1992

(During Adoration at St. Bernard's Church, Bella Vista on the feast of Pope Saint Pius X)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Message Two Hundred-Nineteen, August 24, 1992

(Feast of Saint Bartholomew)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)


     Today's prayers are the Opening Prayers honoring Saint Bruno first, and then Blessed Rose Marie Durocher:

     Father, You called St. Bruno to serve You in solitude. In answer to his prayers help us to remain faithful to You amid the changes of this world.

     Lord, You enkindled in the heart of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher the flame of ardent charity and a great desire to collaborate, as a teacher, in the mission of the Church. Grant us that same active love so that, responding to the needs of the world today, we may lead our brothers and sisters to eternal life.

Events Today in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 6:

with a Catholic slant

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      VATICAN ( -- During a weekend visit to Croatia, highlighted by the beatification of that country's revered Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, Pope John Paul II emphasized the need to restore the heritage of that historically Catholic nation, after years of Communist oppression.

      Arriving in Zagreb on October 2 to begin his 84th apostolic voyage, the Pope said that his trip was "a pilgrimage of faith, hope, and love." He was greeted by large, applauding crowds, which lined the streets from the airport to the city. He was also warmly greeted by President Franjo Tudjman, who appeared alongside the Holy Father at each public event on the papal itinerary.

      The Pope appealed for reconciliation in Croatia, and for efforts to overcome the wounds caused by years of warfare: the ethnic battles of the early 20th century, the internal struggles that accompanied the two world wars, the years of Communist rule, and the vicious fighting that marked the break-up of what was once Yugoslavia. He urged Croatians to put the past behind them, and prepare to greet the new millennium.

      On Saturday, October 3, the Pope presided at the beatification of Cardinal Stepinac, at the Marian sanctuary of Marija Bistrica-- where the newly beatified prelate has made his own annual pilgrimages. The Pope spoke of Cardinal Stepinac as a "martyr to Communism" as well as a hero for the Croatian Church and the Croatian people.

      Cardinal Stepinac died in December 1960, evidently as the result of poisons administered during the years when he had been a prisoner of the Tito regime. He was imprisoned after being charged with treason when he refused Tito's request to set up an "independent" Croatian Catholic Church, forsaking his allegiance to Rome. Through his suffering in prison and later under house arrest, the Pope said, Cardinal Stepinac "had participated in a singular fashion in the Paschal mystery." The last 15 years of his life were a period of constant suffering, the Holy Father added, during which the Croatian prelate was a heroic witness to the sustaining power of faith.

      On Saturday, meeting with Croatian cultural leaders at the apostolic nunciature, the Pope evoked themes from his forthcoming encyclical on the relationship between faith and reason. He deplored the tendency to set up a "sterile opposition" between the life of faith and that of reason, and insisted that the alliance between faith and reason was the best guarantee of intellectual progress. One of the fruits of such an alliance, he predicted, would be "a new ethical and spiritual flourishing" in Croatia, through which the country could rebuild its culture-- long suppressed by Communism-- while avoiding the temptations toward consumerism and hedonism.

      On Sunday, Pope John Paul presided at a solemn Eucharistic liturgy in Split, on the Dalmatian coast, to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of the founding of that diocese there. He prayed that the occasion might give the Croatian Church a new missionary zeal, and repeated his caution that the country's liberation from Communism should lead to a truly democratic government, which should not be based on the principles of unbridled individualism but on mutual respect and solidarity.

      A massive congregation estimated at 500,000 greeted the Pope in Split; many of the worshipers had come from neighboring Bosnia- Herzegovina for the occasion, in a pilgrimage led by Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo. Their participation was in part a recognition of the fact that the Church founded in Split was instrumental in bringing the Gospel to the neighboring regions.

      After Archbishop Ante Juric of Split greeted the Pope, the Holy Father voiced the desire to see a new burst of evangelization emanating from the historic city. He told the congregation to work for "a new springtime of the faith" in Croatia. And he urged Catholics to play a leading role in the transformation of their culture-- although, in an apparent bid to avoid being too closely identified with nationalist sentiments-- he added that the effort must always be marked by "humility."

      As he prepared to board the plane for his return flight to Rome, the Pope recapitulated the main themes of his visit. Once again he urged the Croatian people to reclaim their Christian heritage, to pursue "the process of democratization of society and civil institutions," and to heal the wounds of the closing century. But the new Croatian society, he stressed once again, must be founded on "the moral values written in man's common nature."


      HONOLULU, Hawaii ( - Hawaii's bishops this week appealed to the state's voters to uphold traditional marriage when they are presented with a referendum on the November 3 ballot that would ban same-sex marriages.

      In a letter to Hawaii's Catholics, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo said the whole country will be looking to Hawaii to defend the family against attempts to make marriage between homosexuals and lesbians legal. Voters will be asked in the referendum to approve an amendment to the state constitution that will reserve marriage only to opposite-sex couples.

      The bishop warned that if the amendment is not passed, a state court will likely rule in favor of same-sex marriages, causing a domino effect across the United States as states without laws specifically banning the practice being forced to accept same-sex marriages performed in Hawaii.

      Bishop DiLorenzo added that while 70 percent of Hawaiians support traditional marriage, many citizens misunderstand the ballot question. "More disturbing, however, is that proponents of 'same-sex marriage' have embarked on a campaign with national dimensions to stop the amendment in Hawaii," he said. In addition, he said, non-profit groups and churches are banned from advocating a specific vote for or against the amendment.


      VATICAN ( -- At his Sunday Angelus audience, which took place on October 4 in Split, Croatia, Pope John Paul II appealed for help on behalf of the people of Kosovo.

      Speaking at a time when officials of both the UN and NATO were reportedly considering an intervention in Kosovo, the Pope voiced his prayer that "understanding, mutual respect, pardon and reconciliation would finally replace violence and devastation."

      Continuing along the same lines, the Holy Father also observed that many people in Croatia remain scarred by the warfare that enveloped the former provinces of Yugoslavia. Many people are still missing, many families are unable to return home, and many have found their old homes destroyed. These people, the Pope said, "need help, so that they can begin the process of rebuilding their homes, and regain a quiet family life."

      Meanwhile at the Vatican, the fourth World Congress on pastoral care for migrants and refugees opened yesterday in Rome. The meeting, organized by the Pontifical Council for Migrants, will continue until October 10.

      The 459 participants in this week's meeting come from 103 different countries, including 35 African nations. The objective of the meeting, according to a press statement issued before the formal opening of the congress, is to define common standards that would guide pastoral work for migrants, in both their native lands and the lands to which they have moved.

      Msgr. Francesco Gioia, the secretary of the Pontifical Council, told the Fides news agency that it is crucial to be "as close as possible to migrants," and especially to refugees. He lamented that many people do not yet comprehend the magnitude of the problem. There are, he continued, 100 million people now living outside their native countries, and that number is growing rapidly.


      ROME ( - The last Catholic missionaries in Somalia have left the country citing their increasing fears of being taken hostage, the Vatican news agency Fides reported on Friday.

      Three sisters of the Missionaries of Consolation left the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on September 26, leaving behind their hospital where they cared for mothers and children. The departure follows the kidnapping at gunpoint of a fourth sister on September 10. She was released three days later and her captors were sentenced to one year in prison.

      In an open letter to the Somali people, the sisters said their departure "was made necessary by numerous recent threats" that have "made precarious the safety of our workers." They said they hoped to return one day. The nuns' hospital was the main provider of maternity and child care in Mogadishu, serving Somalis without charge. It treated 500 children a week, Fides said.

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September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   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 AND MORE


"Be not afraid of sudden terror, of the ruin of the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare. "

Proverbs 3: 25

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