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WEDNESDAY      September 30, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 191

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Today our Jewish friends observe the solemn feast of atonement known as Yom Kippur

     We wish them the best and pray that they will use this time to seek peace in their hearts over all the controversy of the Holocaust and let go of their preconceived prejudices against Catholics, Pope Pius XII, Auschwitz and Croatia. We also pray that relations between Israel and the Holy See will strengthen as God so wills.

Confirmation of the Dogma decreed by Pope Pius IX four years earlier

     Today we continue with the third part of one of the most important apparitions in the Age of Marian Apparitions. It remains today the most famous and most visited Marian shrine in the world, one which bring millions to the healing waters where countless documentation has been recorded regarding miraculous cures just as the Blessed Mother told Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the young peasant girl who God chose as the messenger to convey all Mary wanted the world to understand and to confirm Pope Pius IX's proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception four years earlier in 1854. For the third part on The Healing Fruits of Lourdes, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

Part Three on the Healing Fruits of Lourdes

Beware of the black hole of apostasy as the spiritual darkness tries to blot out the Light of Christ

      That is what the Blessed Mother Mary warns us of in her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, in which Our Lady strongly advises us to cling to the Light of her Divine Son to brighten our hopes amidst all the spiritual darkness that threatens to blot out the Light of Christ and the teachings of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. She urges all to turn to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment and wash ourselves in the refreshing font of Divine Mercy for the time of Mercy is very, very short and soon the Justice will come. For messages number 209 and 210, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred-Nine and Two Hundred-Ten

Message Two Hundred-Seven, July 25, 1992

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

Message Two Hundred-Eight, July 28, 1992

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

A Priceless Gift from the Father

     Even though we have been running a humor page in this section we feel there are some thought-provoking pieces that need to be shared and one person's humor may not always be anothers. Therefore, though we may still run some humorous passages on this page in the future, the majority of the time it will be these morsels of perception and contemplation that should make everyone think a little bit more of God's wonders. It may bring a chuckle at times, at other times a tear, and, we hope, always provide "food for thought." Hence the title which we incorporate with this month's traditional "Oktoberfest" and, playing on the word appetizer, we coin the word "Appeteasers." Today the tease we provide is an inspiring story of a father's love. Click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

A Father's Will is Priceless!

      Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van gogh, Monet, and many others adorned the walls of their family estate. The widowed elderly man looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam with pride as they dealt with art collectors around the world.

      As winter approached, war engulfed their nation, and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks, the elderly man received a telegram that his beloved son was missing in action.

      The art collector anxiously awaited more news, fearing he would never see his son again. Within days his fears were confirmed. The young man had died while rushing a fellow soldier to a medic. Distraught and lonely, the old man faced the upcoming Christmas holidays with anguish and sadness. The joy of the season-a season that he and his son had so looked forward to in the past, would visit his house no longer.

      On Christmas morning, a knock on the door awakened the depressed old man. As he walked to the door, the masterpieces of art on the walls only reminded him that his son was not coming home. He opened the door and was greeted by a soldier with a large package in his hand. The soldier introduced himself to the old man by saying," I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you. "As the two began to talk, the soldier told of how the man's son had told everyone of his- and his father's- love of fine art work. " I'm also an artist, " said the soldier, "and I want to give you this." As the old man began to unwrap the package, paper gave way to reveal a portrait of the man's son. Though the world would never consider it a work of genius, the painting featured the young man's face in striking detail.

      Overcome with emotion, the old man thanked the soldier, promising to hang the portrait above the fireplace. A few hours later, after the soldier had departed, the old man set about his task. True to his word, the painting went above the fireplace, pushing aside thousands of dollars worth of paintings. And then the old man sat in his chair and spent Christmas gazing at the gift he had been given.

      During the days and weeks that followed, the man learned that his son had rescued dozens of wounded soldiers before a bullet stilled his caring heart. As the stories of his son's gallantry continued to reach him, fatherly pride and satisfaction began to ease his grief, as he realized that, although his son was no longer with him, the boy's life would live on because of those he had touched. The painting of his son soon became his most prized possession, far eclipsing any interest in the priceless pieces for which museums around the world clamored. He told his neighbors it was the greatest gift he had ever received.

      The following spring, the old man became ill and passed away. The art world was in anticipation, since, with the old man's passing, and his only son dead, those paintings would be sold at an auction. According to the will of the old man, all of the art works would be auctioned on Christmas day, the way he had received his greatest gift. The day finally arrived and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on some of the world's most spectacular paintings. Dreams could be fulfilled this day; greatness could be achieved as some could say," I have the greatest collection."

      The auction began with a painting that was not on any museum list...It was the painting of the old man's son. The auctioneer asked for an opening bid, but the room was silent. "Who will open the bidding with $100?" he asked. Moments passed as no one spoke. From the back of the room came, "Who cares about that painting? It's just a picture of his son. Let's forget it and get on to the good ones." More voices echoed in agreement. "No, we have to sell this one first," replied the auctioneer. "Now who will take the son?"

      Finally, a friend of the old man spoke. "Will you take $10 for the painting? That's all I have. "Will anyone go higher?" called the auctioneer. After more silence he said, "Going once, going twice...Gone!" The gavel fell. Cheers filled the room and someone shouted, "Now we can get on with it and bid on these treasures!"

      The auctioneer looked at the audience and announced that the auction was over. Stunned disbelief quieted the room. Then someone spoke up and asked, "What do you mean it's over? We didn't come here for a portrait of some old man's son! What about all of these other paintings? There are millions of dollars worth of art work here. We demand an explanation!"

      The auctioneer replied, "It's very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son...gets it all." Just as the art collectors discovered on that day... The message is still the same...the love of the Father....a Father whose son gave his life for others...And because of that Father's love...Whoever takes the Son gets it all!

Events Today in Church History

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

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 30:

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

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September 30, 1998 volume 9, no. 191   DAILY CATHOLIC