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January 6, 1998   vol 9, no. 4

SECTION TWO



The Eighth Beatitude confirms our need to bear all persecution willingly

In the sixty eighth Lesson/Meditation, LIVING THE EIGHTH BEATITUDE IN SUFFERING PERSECUTION the Blessed Mother reminds us that we must be committed to her Divine Son in suffering all in His name and for Him. If we do we will be rewarded as He promised. The lesson is short but powerful and contains the answers to withstanding all as a member of the Church Militant. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

Lessons/Meditations from Our Lord and Our Lady to


the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart

Lesson/Meditation #67:

LIVING THE EIGHTH BEATITUDE IN SUFFERING PERSECUTION

(Imparted on January 31, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lady)

     Beloved Hidden Flower of my Immaculate Heart, I comfort you. Now as each day unfolds you realize the fulfillment of all I have told you. Be at peace , trust my Divine Son, for you are His intercessor for Divine Mercy.

      Little children of my Immaculate Heart, I will add only a few thoughts to all that my Divine Son has told you.

      You live in the end times and no one shall be spared suffering. It is how your soul is ordered, how much of grace fills your soul that shall declare you Godís child because you suffer all for Him; or you shall curse and swear against God in your sufferings, and shall be dragged down into the eternal abyss by the evil one.

      I do solemnly tell you that all who believe that they shall escape suffering, being lifted out of this world during the time of tribulation, only to return gloriously to live after the Justice of God has passed, are being deceived by satan!

      You have interpreted Sacred Scripture and thus have been led astray by satan. In Sacred Scripture you must always discern by and through the grace of the Holy Spirit. This you must do daily, lest in your weakness you permit your finite, fallible intelligence to be satanís tool. As I have told you for so many years, the Holy Spirit fills your soul with Heavenly wisdom and infused knowledge. This in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit is linked supernaturally to your heart. Thus your soul, alive with the Holy Spirit, animates your heart and you may, as it were, justly call a heart thus animated the seat or place of wisdom. Only when the Holy Spirit lives in your soul and animates your heart does your human mind perceive through the soulís intellect and comprehend in a supernatural way the things of God.

      Blessed are all my children who seek my Divine Son and accept all manner of suffering for His Nameís sake. I, your Mother, shall comfort you and I, your Mother shall be there to welcome you, for I solemnly tell you: the kingdom of Heaven is yours!

      Keep your eyes on the Heavenly goal, for all that has been foretold shall be fulfilled quickly. I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!

NEXT WEEK: Lesson/Meditation #68:

THE GREAT DARKNESS IS DARKNESS OF THE SOUL

PROVERB OF THE DAY

"He who gives to the poor suffers no want, but he who ignores them gets many a curse."

Proverbs 28: 27

Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th

    Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE

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NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

HEADLINES:

POPE COMFORTS, ENCOURAGES ITALIAN QUAKE VICTIMS

      VATICAN (CWN) -- Pope John Paul II made an emotional visit to Assisi on Saturday, January 3. Speaking at the basilica in the town made famous by St. Francis, where earthquakes have caused massive damage over the past three months, the Holy Father called for a continuation of the great saint's efforts to promote brotherhood, reconciliation, and peace.

      In a day-long tour through the Umbrian region of central Italy, the Pope was obviously moved as he spoke with families that had lost their homes because of the earthquakes, which have been occurring since last September. Returning to Rome on Sunday, he told his Angelus audience, that the effects of the seismic activity were made more severe because of the winter cold. He said that he had wanted to visit the region "to meet with our brothers, who have been sorely tested, to share their sorrow and their hopes."

      In the town of Annifo, the first stop on his trip, the Pope spoke outside a makeshift chapel built by relief workers to replace the church which had been destroyed. "I greet you with affection," he said. "Today I am finally realizing a desire that I have carried in my heart since the first dramatic news of the earthquake.... to convey my sentiments to you personally, and to embrace you symbolically." He said that he had been following the news from the region continually since the first earthquake was followed up by a second tremor.

      Viewing the ruins around him, the Pope nonetheless exhorted the people to keep up their spirits. "Continue to advance together, with confidence," he said; "Look to the future with an open spirit!" The Pope expressed his admiration for the "spiritual energy" of the people who are struggling to overcome the effects of the natural disaster. He remarked on the "remarkably generous response" that has come from neighbors.

      Reaching Assisi, the Holy Father visited the tomb of St. Francis, amid the foundation of the basilica-- which has suffered serious damage but, unlike most churches in the area, has been spared from complete destruction. There too he saluted those who are working to restore the city, and urged them to follow the example of their patron saint, working in a spirit of charity and brotherhood.


POPE LAMENTS THE MORE THAN 300 KILLED IN BURUNDI MASSACRE; 400 IN ALGERIA

      BUJUMBURA, Burundi (CWN) - More than 300 people were killed in an intra-tribal massacre in Burundi last week, and more than 400 were slaughtered by rebel groups in Algeria in separate attacks.

      Hutu rebels surrounded a village outside the capital of Burundi last Thursday and demanded money from the villagers. Anyone who didn't pay was killed and 211 of the mainly women and children were killed. One hundred rebels and four government soldiers were also killed during a simultaneous assault on a nearby army base.

      Meanwhile, on Friday, Islamic fundamentalist rebels in Algeria killed 412 people, hacking them axes or slitting their throats, More than 65,000 people have been killed since 1992 after the ruling party voided general elections which the Islamists were about to win. Pope John Paul condemned both massacres in a Sunday address in St. Peter's Square, calling again for an end to such "systematic" violence.

      At his Angelus address on January 4, the Holy Father spoke of his concern over the continuation of ethnic and religious violence around the world. "Once again," he said, "I voice my profound condemnation of these bloody acts, which can only shake the conscience. It is not by the path of violence that we can reach a better future!"

      The Pope denounced "senseless fratricidal wars" and urged responsible leaders to recognize the fundamental demands of human dignity.

      In Algeria, the Pontiff said, a great number of people were killed on the eve of New Year's in a "cruel atrocity." He also pointed to the "furious armed attack" which took place the following day on unarmed civilians in Burundi.


BOY SCOUTS DEFEND "NO-HOMOSEXUALS, NO-ATHEISTS" POLICY

      SAN FRANCISCO (CWN) - The Boy Scouts of America was in California's Supreme Court on Monday to defend itself against charges that the organization violated state law by refusing leadership positions and membership to homosexuals or atheists.

      The high court is being asked by pro-homosexual and atheist groups to determine whether voluntary non-profit associations must comply with the same anti-discrimination law as businesses. The Boy Scouts require that all members and leaders profess a belief in God, but not in a particular religion. The group also forbids homosexual scoutmasters both as a safety measure for the boys and on moral grounds.

      If the supreme court determines that the Scouts are no a business, the justices must then decide if its membership policies are protected under the First Amendment right of free association. A ruling is expected within 90 days.

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PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Opening Prayer for Today's Saint

      Lord our God, friend of the lowly, you gave your servant, Blessed Brother Andre, a great devotion to Saint Joseph and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted. Through his intercession help us to follow his example of prayer and love and so come to share with him in Your glory.

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