August 20, 2000
Final Day of World Youth Days 2000 15th Annual World Youth Days Aug 15-20
volume 11, no. 145
August 20, 2000
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Pope's spirits buoyed as he shares the love and warmth of largest group of youth ever assembled in welcoming tomorrow's leaders from all over the world for World Youth Days 2000
His Holiness reads his Message     Pope John Paul II warmly saluted the sea of youth. “We begin these days under the protection of Most Holy Mary, whom we contemplate today in Heaven. Let the example of the young Virgin of Nazareth help us to say ´yes´ to the Lord Who knocks at the door of our hearts willing to enter and live with us.” The Square was arranged with flags from the countries present at the World Youth Encounter. The Pope’s route from one square to the other was full of people who expressed their appreciation and love to the Pontiff. At St. Peter’s Square, the Pope welcomed the youth and shared some reflections with them. “You have come in search of Jesus Christ!”, he exclaimed before the thousands of youth present, “But Jesus Christ, has first gone in search of you!” He then said that “these days, which you will spend together in Rome at the World Youth Encounter, should help each of you to see more clearly the glory which belongs to the Son of God and to which we have been called in Him by the Father. For this to happen, your faith in Christ must grow and be strengthened… I wish,” he continued, “to bear witness to this faith here before all of you, young friends, at the tomb of the Apostle Peter, to whom the Lord wished me to succeed as Bishop of Rome. Beginning with myself, today I wish to tell you that I firmly believe in Jesus Christ our Lord.” For the full text of the Holy Father's Welcoming Address for World Youth Days 2000, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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    First Reading: Proverbs 9: 1-6
    Psalms: Psalm 34: 2-7
    Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 15-20
    Gospel Reading: John 6: 51-58
St. Bernard of ClairvauxThough superseded by the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 20th is the traditional Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church:

Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

       You enable us to celebrate with joy the feast of St. Bernard. Endowed as he was with Heavenly wisdom and fervent in the spirit of love and prayer, You constantly attracted him to Your word. Outstanding in sanctity and in zeal, this admirable client of the Virgin Mary has spread throughout the world the light of faith and wisdom and has been in Your Church a mediator of concord, unity and peace.

Taken from the Preface for the Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.

    For the profile on Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, see DAILY LITURGY
Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day."

John 6: 45-55

Events that happened Today in Church History

St. Bernard    Today is the 847th anniversary of the death of the great Doctor of the Church Saint Bernard of Clairaux, the holy abbot who aided so many Popes through crisis after crisis and fostered the seeds of many saints. With all he accomplished as the beloved "hammer of the heretics,: he is most remembered for composing the beautiful and inspiring Memorare prayer to Our Lady:

    "Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee do I come, before thee do I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen."
For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWhen the giving stops, so does love!

   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".

    "True love feels that the need to give is more imperious than the need to receive. At the beginning of love there is a feeling that one can never give enough. Regardless of how precious the gift, it still seems to fall short of what one would offer. Price tags are torn off, because we want no proportion established between the gift and the need of giving. The tragedy of love when it begins to die, is that then people do not even give what they have. No longer is there a question of not being able to give enough; there is rather no giving at all."
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
1 FRIDAY     no. 143
August 18, 2000
Weekday/St. John Eudes
St. Jane de Chantal
2 SATURDAY     no. 144
August 19, 2000
Weekday/St. John Eudes
BVM on Saturday
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August 20, 2000
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Saint Pius X
Pope of the Eucharist

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Saint Rose of Lima
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