THURSDAY

November 27, 1997   vol 8, no.40      SECTION TWO


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"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. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU...!"

Messages One Hundred Seven and One Hundred Eight


Message One Hundred Seven: September 15, 1991

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)

     Do not be troubled, Hidden Flower of My Mother. I come to tell you I am saddened by My stubborn people. They are cold, turned against Me because they reject My Mother, who speaks My words, because they do not want to hear the Truth, but the version they find palatable.

      What must I do to awaken my little ones from their dark slumber? I have given All. I ask obedience and love in return for an eternal bliss. This is not what my little ones seek. They prefer their bliss now and seek it in a thousand human pleasures.

      Will they rage against Me when the swift Justice comes? O! The Terrible Darkness will soon fall and my little ones, so ensnared by satan by their own will, will mock and deride Me as once they did as I died for all mankind.

      The Justice will come. This also God has promised. God keeps His promises. Listen well to the words spoken by my little ones. They are heaven's cry to My sheep. Do not continue to be wild billy goats. I am the Good Shepherd. Permit Me to give you all that you need, and love Me whether it be little or much that I give, for I am He who Is. Who shall always Be. Without end. Without change. God, one and Triune.

      Pray. Do as My Mother asks for she has warned and exhorted you for a long time. Now her words have nearly been spoken. I love you My little ones. Come to Me and be saved!


Message One Hundred Eight: September 18, 1991

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
      Beloved Hidden Flower, to all my children I say: My Sorrow intensifies as the sin of abortion rages out of control. My bitter tears mingle with the cries of the murdered innocents, who have been so coldly killed.

      My little ones, do you not see satan's hand in this! Many of my sons--priests, ministers have turned their back on God's law and make exceptions whereby abortion is permitted. God is the Author of Life. He alone gives life. He alone must call a soul back to Him.

      I weep for the many who scoff because they hear my words as harsh sounds against their consciousness. Why? You cannot hear the motherly love in my voice, nor understand my motherly concern for your heedless pursuit of evil.

      Dear children, I ask you to renew your prayers and fasting. I ask each of my children to begin immediately the practice of daily baptizing these unborn children. You are to do this once every day. If possible use holy water. Commend all the slaughtered babies to God through me. Then give them a name, using one for all male babies, one for all females, and pronounce the words: "I baptize them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

      But even more must be done through prayer, sacrifice, love, and the education of all people in my Son's doctrine.

      Reach out to all who commit this sin and speak of forgiveness to them. Do not condemn them, but when they remain unrepentant increase your prayers and commend them to God. Exhort all to remember that they, too, received life from God. But do not condone the act which is an abomination before God and makes the moment of Divine Wrath sweep across the universe. No! You must proclaim God as the author of life. Man must not be the murderer. There is no choice. This is God's choice, and as He is Perfect Justice so shall those, who freely choose satan's path through abortion and remain unrepentant, committing this horrible sin, see His Justice when the terrible darkness comes. Then these slaughtered innocents will be allowed to exact God's Justice. They, in His Name, shall strike down all who have remained immersed in this evil. It shall be a time of terror, swift and filled with God's power. No one shall escape and they will cry out for mercy, but their pleas will die on their lips.

      All my children must turn to God. Wipe from your hearts all evil by prayer, fasting, faith by the Sacraments, by Love. Love, my little ones, is the key to peace. Heaven can begin now on earth for all of mankind if only you will turn to my Son. Listen to my messages and live accordingly. I love you, my children. My heart pours forth its urgent plea. Listen and respond while there is yet time.

      I will help you. Take up your rosaries. Gather your families and pray and love as God loves. There is no other answer. Be of one mind, one heart through the Holy Spirit. Then shall the rein of God come.

      Thank you for responding to my Call!


NEXT WEEK: Messages One Hundred Nine and One Hundred Ten


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. Click on CATECHISM CAPSULES

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

      The Sacraments are part and parcel of our lives and so we continue our "capsule series" on each of the Sacraments, bringing you a few capsule paragraphs each day from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism with this week devoted to the Sacrament of Confirmation, linked to Baptism and the Eucharist, both sacraments of which we have covered to this point and all three comprising the sacraments of intitiation.

No. 1320 and 1321, page 333 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery; Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:

[1320]
      The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism (in the East other sense-organs as well), together with the laying on of athe minister's hand and the words: "Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti" ("Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit") in the Roman Rite, or "The seal of the gift that is the Holy Spirit" in the Byzantine Rite.

[1321]
     When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, its connection with Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation.

From the Baltimore Catechism No. 3; Benziger Brothers, Inc. and Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. Nos. 685 and 686, page 141; Nos. 677, 680, and 684 pages 140 and 141; and No. 697, page 144.

[685]
Q. What does the bishop say in anointing the person he confirms?
A. In anointing the person he confirms the bishop says: "I sign thee with teh chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

[686]
Q. What is meant by anointing the forehead with chrism in the form of a cross?
A. By anointing the forehead with chrism in the form of a cross is meant that the Christian who is confirmed must openly profess and practice his faith, never be ashamed of it; and rather die than deny it.

[677]
Q. How does the bishop give Confirmation?
A. The bishop extends his hands over those who are to be confirmed, prays that they may receive the Holy Ghost, and anoints the forehead of each with holy chrism in the form of a cross to signify the descent of the Holy Ghost upon us and the special protection of God through the grace of Confirmation.

[680]
Q. What do the oil and balm in Holy Chrism signify?
A. In Holy Chrism, the oil signifies strength, and the balm signifies the freedom from corruption and the sweetness which virtue must give to our lives.

[684]
Q. For what are the holy oils used?
A. Holy Chrism is used at Baptism and for Confirmation as well as some sacred things, such as altars, chalices, church-bells, etc., which are usually blessed by a bishop.

[697]
Q. Are sponsors necessary in Confirmation?
A. Sponsors are necessary in Confirmation, and they must be of the same good character as those required at Baptism, for they take upon themselves the same duties and responsibilities. They also contract a spiritual relationship.


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

THANKSGIVING GRACE PRAYERS

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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NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

HEADLINES:

NO "CONSCIENCE CLAUSE" FOR DIVORCED CATHOLICS

     VATICAN (CWN) -- In a front-page feature, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano today argued that the Catholic Church cannot accept a "conscience clause" whereby divorced and remarried Catholics would be allowed to approach the sacraments if they believed they were justified in doing so.

      The status of Catholics who are divorced and remarried has been a frequent topic of debate in recent months, with some bishops suggesting that if the individuals believe that they are living in accordance with God's will, they should be allowed to receive the sacraments. (Divorced and remarried Catholics are banned from the sacraments under Church law, since-- by living with one partner while still linked in an indissoluble marriage with another-- they are living in objectively sinful conditions.) The Vatican has repeatedly expressed disapproval for this "conscience clause" approach.

      In the article published today, L'Osservatore Romano recognizes the fundamental point behind the pleas for a "conscience clause"-- the belief that in some cases the application of a law may seem to cause disproportionate suffering. But it emphasizes that any such cases should be exceptional, and that canon law does not make provisions for such exceptions.

      Furthermore, the article continues, the use of such a principle-- in which a moral principle is set aside because of difficulties in a particular case-- is "foreign to the great tradition of Catholic moral theology." In fact, the application of a "conscience clause" would be certain to undermine the immutable Church teaching that marriages cannot be dissolved. Thus, L'Osservatore concludes, the "conscience clause" is an approach "which the Church cannot accept."


CANADIAN CHURCH LEADER DOUBTS DIVINITY OF CHRIST

     OTTAWA (CWN) - The leader of Canada's largest Protestant denomination started a firestorm of protest in October when he publicly expressed his doubts about the divinity and resurrection of Jesus, and the controversy was continued this week when the United Church of Canada's general council expressed it unanimous support for the moderator.

      The Reverend Bill Phipps, the church's moderator elected in August, said in a newspaper interview that he does not believe Jesus was God, he was bodily resurrected, or that he is the only way to God. When the 70-member general council, comprising laymen and clergy, voted on Tuesday that his comments fall "well within the spectrum of the United Church," thousands of church members began vocal protests. Hundreds of phone calls and letters have poured into the church's office and individual congregations throughout Canada since Phipps made his comments.

      Some church leaders said they didn't understand what all the fuss is about. "I thought (his comments were) kind of ho-hum, well within the band of not only United Church beliefs, but the debate over Jesus and God, and Jesus being divine and his being human, that have come echoing down the years. So I was quite surprised that it triggered such enormous interest," said Roger Hutchinson, rector at Emmanuel College, the largest United Church seminary.

      But some Canadians are appalled that someone who questions such basic tenets of Christianity can call himself a Christian, much less lead a national Christian church. "What right does a leader of a putatively Christian group have, within the realms of his position, to express views that are contrary to the faith?" said Doug Koop, editor of Christian Week, a national bi-weekly newspaper based in Winnipeg. "From our point of view, these are the defining characteristics of what it means to be Christian, and if you are not affirming these things, you may be a good person, you may be many things, but you have put yourself outside the parameters of what it means to be Christian," he added. However, Koop also said that Phipps' remarks were pretty mainstream for Canadian society as a whole. "It has great resonance in Canadian society, these beliefs. They are easy beliefs -- 'it can be true, maybe it isn't, doesn't really matter, let's get on with the business of feeding the poor,'" Koop said.


CASTRO TELLS CHRISTIANS CUBA NEED THEIR PRAYERS

     HAVANA (CWN) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro has told his country's Protestant leaders that the Communist nation needs the prayers of Christians to help solve economic problems, an official of the Council of Churches of Cuba said on Tuesday.

      Misael Gorrin said Castro made his remarks during a nine-hour meeting with Protestant leaders on Monday night. The Council of Churches is an officially recognized body that represents most of the country's non-Catholic churches. Castro told the Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Pentecostalists, and representatives of the Cuban Jewish community that their prayers were necessary to help solve the serious economic problems facing the country, Gorrin said. He added that the religious leaders' concerns over abortion and prostitution were also discussed.

      The last such meeting between Castro and Protestant leaders took place in 1990, but the Communist government has taken steps in recent years to improve relations with religious denominations in the country. Last November, Castro invited Pope John Paul to visit the country in January 1998, marking the Pontiff's first visit to the only Latin American country he has not yet visited.

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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. Click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

Thursday, November 27:

Thirty-fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time, November 27: and
THANKSGIVING DAY


Friday, November 28:

Thirty-fourth Friday in Ordinary Time, November 28:


PROVERB OF THE DAY

As 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


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