volume 8, no. 40
November 27, 1997
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Today is naturally the day we give thanks for all the benefits we have. But supernaturally everyday is the day we give thanks for God's graces and gifts. The etimology of the word "Thanksgiving" evolves from the Greek meaning to show thanks, combining eu - to show, and charistia favor or thanks. Thus the word derived for "Giving Thanks" is the Greek root: "Eucharistia which we all know as the Eucharist. Cyndi Cain treats this in her abbreviated Thanksgiving commentary today, entitled "The True Meaning of Thanksgiving." Catholic PewPoint Too
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!
That's what the media and Hollywood have been doing over these past several decades: gobbling up the collective consciences of millions with turkey productions that have subliminally and outwardly portrayed Catholics in a bad light. That is the topic in this week's installment of our continuous feature Where is Holy Mother Church Heading as we near the Millennium? with the fiftieth installment in this long on-going series on the Church today. "Persecution and Prejudice Pile up on Holy Mother Church"
Give from your bountiful harvest
That is the message being promoted at the Synod of America currently finishing up its second week in Rome as we continue to bring you the daily happenings of this important synod convened by Pope John Paul II. Daily Synod Synopsis
The early pilgrims to our shores were slow in making progress, but the Holy See has sent anew a "Mayflower of Instruction" to the pilgrims of America with the intent of clearing up the abuses by laity and priests in our liturgies, most specifically the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We continue our daily installments of this important document released in mid-November with the Ninth installment on THEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES 4. The Collaboration of the Non-ordained Faithful in Pastoral Ministry. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
"Give thanks to God and be glad"
Be glad that He has sent His Blessed Mother to remind us of His Will and guide us through these trying times. His guidance is very clear in the messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus and Our Lady reaffirm our resolve to fight abortion and what we, as His soldiers on the front lines need to do. That is the theme of Messages one hundred seven and one hundred eight. "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU...!"
All the fixings feed our appetites
We need a balanced meal for physical nutrition and we need a balanced diet for spiritual nutrition. The tenets of the Catechism provide this and thus we provide nutritious snacks with our daily capsules on the teachings of Holy Mother Church as we conclude our capsules on Confirmation. CATECHISM CAPSULES
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayers of thanks are everyday prayers which we should never forget and say always. Enjoy your turkey but don't forget...
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we have received from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for these and all of Thy gifts which we
have received from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Medjugorje Monthly Message
November 25th Message
Dear children: Today I invite you to comprehend your Christian vocation. Little children, I led and am leading you through this time of grace, that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian and love God over everything. Little children, today also I invite you to rejoice and be joyful Christians, responsible and conscious that God called you in a special way to be joyfully extended hands toward those who do not believe, and that through the example of your life, they may receive faith and love for God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray that your heart may open and be sensitive for the Word of God. Thank you for having responded to my call!
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Catholics who think they can have their pie and eat it too, will need more than Alka Seltzer!
The debate over liberalizing standards to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Sacraments even though they are not in full compliance with Church teaching...is not going to sit well with modernists! But it fits very well with the traditions and teachings of a Church that will not be cowered into compromising on morals and values. That's the deduction from this week's article in the unofficial weekly Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano regarding the "conscience clause" many liberal bishops had been pushing for. Divorced to read more.
United Church in Canada Divided over Mystery of the Divinity
Canadians do not officially acknowledge Thanksgiving Day and they're having an even harder time acknowledging and digesting the words of the leader of Canada's largest Protestant denomination - the United Church of Canada. Maybe they should change their name to the Divided Church of Canada after their leader expressed heresy about Christ's divinity. The camps are forming on both sides as the assembly struggles with what to do and whether to expell the main man or endorse him and his non-Christian position. Canada to read more.
Fidel feeling his way among Christians as he meets with Protestant leaders
Communism hasn't worked in the tiny exiled island of Cuba, so maybe prayer is the only answer. That is the take from Fidel Castro's meeting with non-Catholic church leaders in Cuba this past week where Castro continues his increasingly about face stance on religious freedom in preparation for the Holy Father's visit in January. Castro to read more.
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Liturgy's Last Week
As we wind down this final week of the Church year, we have all Weekday Masses in Ordinary Time for the rest of the Week, climaxing with the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday before Advent begins the next day. LITURGY OF THE DAY
PROVERB OF THE DAYAs you gather the generations around the table today, remember these words: "Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage." |
Proverbs 17: 6
To review past articles, click on Archives to read text or the following articles in graphics for November are available if you NOVEMBER ISSUES
- Vatican II Verifications on the habits of nuns
- Catholic PewPoint
- Reflections on Sacred Scripture in "Come Unto Me"
- Sister Mary Lucy's Column
- More on the on-going Synod of America
- 10th installment of Vatican Document on Laity
- ...and much, much more!