October 8, 1998
Fourth Episode today on Signs of God's Mercy and Justice

October 8, 1998

vol. 9, no. 197

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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Medjugorje Monthly Message for September 25th
The Gospa's message for September
    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

Anniversary of moving St. Mark's remains from Alexandria to Venice

Events today in Church History

     Today is the 904th anniversary of the transfer of the relics of Saint Mark from Alexandria to its permanent resting place in St. Mark's Ministery in Venice on St. Mark's Square. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

"The fool takes no delight in understanding, but rather in displaying what he thinks."
Proverbs 18: 2

449 and counting,
hoping and praying...

This Weekend
  • A timely column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

  • A pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT


  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 9th through October 11th.

  • LITURGY for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time beginning with the Feast of Saint Denis and his martyred companions as well as Saint John Leonardi, priest and religious founder on Friday and the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday.

  • ...and much more in our 198th issue for 1998!

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Stop wasting time with worldly things    Keep right on the straight and narrow  Yield to God's Will  The Church goes slowly but surely  There's only one way to Heaven  God and His Church have given us the go sign  The cross is the true sign
Evident signs of Faith, Hope and Love in the Church's rich Deposit of Faith!

The seat of Christianity - the seat of our salvation: Rome and St. Peter's Basilica       In our fourth part of the series on SIGNS OF GOD'S MERCY AND JUSTICE we look to the evident signs the Church has given us through the Sacraments, the Liturgy and equate them with obvious signs we see every day that identify where we are and who we are as well as where we're going in this finite world on our journey to our final eternal destination. We focus on the fact that these signs are symbols of the sacred which Jesus has entrusted to His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and which we must follow because they are part of Divine Revelation. For the Seventy-ninth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.

Jesus, the Light of the World, has sent His very Own Mother to light our path to Him!
Jesus,  Who suffered all for us Queen of Prophets      That is the main point both Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary convey in the 222nd, 223rd and 224th messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady urges her children to turn away from the darkness of sin which blinds us to the Light of her Divine Son and announces to all that she is Our Lady of Light on the day that she reportedly first appeared in the Ohio River Valley in 1992 under that title at St. Joseph's church in Cold Spring, Kentucky as Our Lady had promised the Hidden Flower months before. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE

with a Catholic slant provided by Catholic World News Service
    Holy Father equates beatification of Cardinal Stepinac as a symbol of the destiny of the Church in Croatia

          Back at the Vatican full time, the Holy Father used his weekly Wednesday papal audience at Paul VI Hall to exalt the recently beatified Cardinal Alojzie Stepinac and Croatian Catholics after his trip this past weekend to Zagreb and Split where he beatified the controversial prince of the Church and celebrated the 1700-year anniversary of the founding of Split on the Adriatic Sea. The Pope made it a point, on the day set aside to commemorate the great victory for the Church at Lepanto, to emphasize that the beatification as well as the perseverance of Croatian Catholics, in spite of persecution, is a triumph for the Church over "totalitarian ideologies" specifically the Marshal Tito regime and communism as well as Nazi rule. For more, click on Triumph.

    Edith Stein will become a saint on Sunday
    Edith Stein will be canonized Sunday      Even though many have known it would occur this weekend, the Vatican made it official by announcing that Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross will become Saint Edith Stein on Sunday when the Holy Father canonizes the Jewish convert who became a Carmelite nun and suffered martyrdom in the terrible Auschwitz Nazi death camp as did another - the caring priest Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe. The Pope sees the elevation of Edith Stein as a triumph and melding of the Old and New Covenants. Watch for more on this in tomorrow's CATHOLIC PewPOINT. For more, click on Edith Stein.

    Vatican uncovers cover-up by Guatamalan government over murder of human rights bishop
    Seeing through the smokescreen of Guatamalan deceit      The latest twist to the bizarre investigation of the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, auxiliary bishop of Guatamala City and human rights activist who was clubbed to death in April was uncovered by the Church's own investigation of the case. Fighting through the smokescreen the Guatamalan government has put up by accusing the bishop's housekeeper and a priest, and then going so far as to link the priest with ordering his dog to attack, numerous reliable reports from those near the scene point to the real culprits as Guatamalan soldiers who were ordered to rub out the bishop because of his staunch stand against government abuses of human rights. For more, click on Cover-up .

    Muslim Kidnappers will release Italian missionary in Philippines; Cardinal Sin in Hospital
    Cardinal Jamie Sin of ManilaMuslim rebels will release kidnapped Italian priest       Just as word reached Philippine Church leaders that the kidnapped priest Father Luciano Benedetti, held hostage for two weeks by Muslim rebels, would finally be released unharmed, the leader of the Catholic Church to millions of Filipinos was admitted to a Manila hospital for tests and observation. Though no details were forthcoming those close to the cardinal, who has played such a pivotal role in Filipino history, reassured all that it was just routine for the seventy-year old prince of the Church. For more, click on Philippines.

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After a week of a plethora of feasts we return to Ordinary Time today with no special feasts today. Tomorrow is also the Mass of Ordinary Time shared by the feasts of Saint Denis, bishop and martyr and his companions, as well as the priest and religious founder Saint John Leonardi. For today and tomorrow's liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

      Since there is no saint celebrated today, we bring you a special Prayer or Blessing Against Storms for there have been so many throughout the world these last few years. This prayer is taken from the Pieta Prayer Book:

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. God became man, and the Word was made flesh. Christ was born of a Virgin. Christ suffered. Christ was crucified. Christ died. Christ rose from the dead. Christ ascended into Heaven. Christ conquers. Christ reigns. Christ orders. May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning. Christ went through their midst in Peace, and the Word was made flesh. Christ is with us with Mary. Flee you enemy spiritps because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root of David, has won. Holy God. Holy Powerful God! Holy Immortal God! Have mercy on us. Amen.

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