Victim Souls are the key to the Symphony of Suffering
In this weekend's issue Cyndi Cain parallels the symphony of suffering of two victim souls in different eras - Saint Edith Stein - also known as Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross who gave her life at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942 and a fourteen-year-old innocent one who lies in a comatose state in Worchester, Massachusetts - well known and loved as "Little Audrey" - Audrey Santo and her saintly, devoted mother Linda Santo. Cyndi points out how their suffering is reverberating with graces for the entire world and if we ourselves do not accept our crosses and the suffering God might will for us, then we are in a coma that prevents us from hearing or participating in the great Symphony of Suffering. For her twentieth sonata entitled There can be no Symphony of Suffering if we try to evade our crosses. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
"Many who have not believed, shall believe."
The Blessed Mother Mary emphasizes that all she has conveyed to her visionaries through the approval of her Divine Son Jesus and all that has been foretold through Divine Revelation shall soon come to pass as she points out in the three messages we bring you this weekend which were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, and which we continue to bring you on a daily basis in order to include all 632 messages conveyed between September 1990 and the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1995. Our Lady urges all to take refuge in her Immaculate Heart and Divine Son's Sacred Heart for that is our only true refuge and she is the beacon to guiding us safely to the Harbor of the Two Hearts. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Second Part of Ad Limina on upholding the Culture of Life by the Holy Father in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART
- Messages 225, 226 and 227 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- October 12th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for Monday in Ordinary Time and Tuesday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 199th issue for 1998!
PROVERB OF THE DAY"If your enemy be hungry, give him food to eat, if he be thirsty, give him to drink; for live coals you will heap on his head, and the Lord will vindicate you." Proverbs 25: 21-22
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A Time for reckoning and reconciliation in seeking pardon for the past
Just days after the Vatican honored a blessed and days before it will elevate a saint who are both at the center of controversy over seeking reconciliation for past aggressions against Jews over the centuries, theologians at the Holy See are putting in overtime in drafting a "criteria of interpretation" which will be employed for an International Theological Commission to examine and deduct what transgressions might have been committed by Church members from past generations over the centuries. For more, click on Pardoning the Past
Battle lines drawn for bitter November showdown at the polls as pro-lifers and pro-aborts plot strategies
Both the pro-life camps spearheaded by the Christian Coalition and the forces for the culture of death - Planned Parenthood revealed tactics they will employ leading up to the National Vote on November 3. While the conservative Christian group are doing all they can to educate and build up pro-life candidates, it is no surprise that the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood are planning on a negative campaign bent on targeting and tearing down pro-life candidates because the death promoters are truly scared that if more conservative Christians are elected all their efforts will go up in smoke...or should we say down to where there is smoke! For more, click on Good guys vs. bad guys
Events this weekend in Church History
It is no coincidence that the Holy Father will canonize another martyr of the holocaust this weekend for it marks the anniversaries of the death of Pope Pius XII and the canonization of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, both intricately linked with suffering during World War II. Sunday is also the 36th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. For time capsule events that happened in Church history on October 9th through October 11th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The next episode of "As the Guatamala government turns:" Chapter seven: Denial and accusation of the priest as scapegoat in murder of bishop.
Should we be surprised that after it was revealed there is strong suspicion five soldiers were responsible for the murder of auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera in April, the soldiers superiors in the Guatamalan military flatly denied everything and pointed the accusing finger back on the poor scapegoat priest who lived in the bishop's residence. Regardless of the government's denial, one of the leaders of the human rights movement to bring the bishop's murderer or murderers to justice Father Mendez stated emphatically that they have proof that the military is the culprit. For more, click on Guatamala.
Vatican reinforces pro-family stance at UN as word out of Latin America shows decline in families from depopulation
Alarming statistics out of South and Latin America prove that where liberal abortion laws prevail the family population is dwindling. That, along with the doctrine of procreation as God intended was grist for the Vatican's observer to the UN Archbishop Renato Martino to impassionately address the assembly beseeching them to uphold the principles and values of family life which translates to concern for the poverty-stricken and human rights for all. For more, click on Family in crisis.
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A Testament of out with the Old and in with the New!
In this weekend's editorial we look into the events that will take place this weekend in St. Peter's Square when the Holy Father canonizes another saint from the Holocaust - Blessed Edith Stein who will become Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the dedicated, scholarly Carmelite nun who converted from Judaism. We study her life and take a candid look at all the controversy surrounding her canonization and the beatification of Cardinal Alojzie Stepinac last week and Jewish criticism of Pope Pius XII and say "Enough!" For the weekend commentary The Church's newest saint will be remembered as a martyr for all humanity! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Separating fact from fiction on the role of the Blessed MotherLITURGY
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto tackles the question of the Blessed Mother's role and how Protestants have missed the boat in perceiving Mary's role in her Divine Son's mission for His children. She cites dogma, doctrine and the catechism as well as common sense in laying out the facts. For Sister's column, The Church's love for Mary , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
OF THE WEEKEND
The weekend for this weekend is basically for Ordinary Time except for the feasts of Saint Denis and companion martyrs, and Saint John Leonardi, priest and religious founder. On Saturday we observe the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and Sunday is the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the canonization of Blessed Edith Stein we share with you the Carmelite Morning Offering:
O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee the precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with it the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them in the interests of Thy most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!
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.
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