August 11, 2000
Feast of
Saint Clare,
Virgin and Religious Foundress
St. Clare
volume 11, no. 137
August 11, 2000
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    First Reading:  Nahum 2: 1, 3; 3: 1-3, 6-7
    Responsorial:   Deuteronomy 32: 35-36, 39, 41
    Gospel:   Matthew 16: 24-28
For the profile on this great woman from Assisi who followed Saint Francis and founded the Poor Clares, see DAILY LITURGY

Feast of Saint Clare, Virgin and Religious Foundress
       You wondrously inflamed Your servant Clare to follow like Francis in the footsteps of Your Son. To him you espoused her mystically through perpetual fidelity and love. Raising her to the summit of seraphic perfection through the highest poverty, You made her the mother of countless virgins.

    Taken from the Preface of the Franciscan Missal for the Feast of Saint Clare.
Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake will find it. For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his own soul?"

Matthew 16: 24-25

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Alexander VI    Today is the 508th anniversary of the election of Pope Alexander VI, possibly the most notorious and corrupt man of high office ever to sit on the throne of Peter. This Borgia Pope bribed his way into the office and once in place, despite constant reprimands by noble cardinals, continued his woeful ways. Though he is considered the Pope who decided the destiny of the new world, it really was by accident and he should not receive much credit at all. In fact, more blame should be attributed to him for he opened wide the great carbuncle that became the Protestant Reformation. In essence, the Church was a mess during this time and it is little wonder she didn't lose more considering the feebleness and immoral man that sat on the Chair of Peter when he wasn't cavorting with the ladies. His less than illustrious pontificate lasted eleven long and miserable years in Church history. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenLittle things add up to great graces!

   They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "Our lives for the most part are made up of little things, and by these our character is to be tested. There are very few who have to take a prominent place in the great conflicts of our age; the vast majority must dwell in humbler scenes and be content to do a more humble work. The conflicts which we have to endure either against evil in our own soul or in the moral circle where our influence would seem to be trivial are in reality the struggle of the battle for life and decency; and true heroism is shown here as well as in those grander scales in which others win the leader's fame or the martyr's crown. Little duties carefully discharged; little temptations earnestly resisted with the strength which God supplies; little sins crucified; these all together help to form that character which is to be described not as popular or glamorous, but as moral and noble. "
to Defend Life
and pray that there will be
No more Blood and Gore!!

   We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc. We refer you to our HOMEPORT ENTRY PAGE where you will find a typograph of a chalice, a chalice overflowing with the innocent blood of the aborted babies nearing 40 to 50 million. Enough is enough! The story and our purpose is outlined in this typograph and for more information and why we will not give up, see DEFEND LIFE Pray and urge others to VOTE FOR LIFE!

Pro-Life Infonet

The Gospa's message for July Monthly Medjugorje Message for July 2000

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit. For more Our Lady's message for July and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS from a Catholic Viewpoint

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