August 25, 2000
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Feast of Saint Louis, Husband, Father and Monarch of France
St. Louis, King of France
volume 11, no. 150
August 25, 2000
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Divine Mercy Original painting used with permission copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks Small prayers add up
All we need do is have Jesus always on our lips and hearts and He's guaranteed to be in our souls and the souls of others with His Infinite Mercy and Love

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reminds all that we don't have to say litany after litany for God to hear us. Rather, a simple prayer of petition for God's Mercy is all we need do to not only help ourselves, but countless others just through our simple invocation or "aspiration" prayer. These ejaculations prayers are called such because they are short and can be uttered in one breath so to speak, and in that one breath the breath of God's Infinite Mercy can be poured upon a sinful world. These prayers, which are nothing new, have great impact as Sister relates in citing proof from the Old Testament to the New Covenant to modern times. Prayers such as "Jesus, I trust in You" to "Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you. Save souls." to "Have mercy on me, O Lord" speak volumes in the Heavenly halls, echoing off the Immaculate Heart directly to the Sacred Heart where the Mercy and Graces overflow into our hearts and souls if we only ask. For her column, entitled A short and powerful prayer see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

from a Catholic Viewpoint

News Ticker from Catholic World News

    Holy See decries Clinton-Gore decisionVatican condemns human embryo experimentation, labels Clinton-Gore Administration's Decision "Hypocrisy"
    the Culture of Death    The Holy See didn't take long to decry the Clinton-Gore administration's hypocrisy. A few hours after the U.S. government announced the decision to allocate public funds to human embryo experimentation, the Pontifical Academy for Life published a document defining this research as unacceptable from the ethical point of view, as it does not consider the embryo as "a human being who must be respected and treated as a person." After all, the first right of a person is the right to life. more


    First Reading: Ezechiel 37: 1-14
    Psalms: Psalm 107: 2-9
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 22: 34-40
Feast of Saint Louis, Husband, Father and Monarch of France

       Father, You raised St. Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of Your Heavenly kingdom. By the help of his prayers may we come to Your eternal kingdom by our work here on earth.

Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Feast of Saint Louis. For the profile on Saint Louis as well as Saint Joseph Calasanz, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 22: 37-40

Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Saint Boniface IV    Today is the 1,392nd anniversary of the election in 608 of Pope Saint Boniface IV, the 67th in the line of Peter whose pontificate would last seven years. Before his death on May 8, 615 this holy Pontiff would consecrate the Pantheon, once the pagan temple of Agrippa, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints. In so doing he began the traditional solemnity we celebrate as All Saints Day each November 1st. Boniface also sanctioned moral and material improvements that made it more bearable for lower clergy members to better perform the vocation they were called to with set rules and regulations that enhanced morale and morals within religious ranks. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe peaceful melody of 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".

    "An organ can produce a thunderous outburst of discordant sounds but it can also, when played properly, give forth the most soothing and peaceful melodies. So it is with human passions. They can be sued without regard to law or they can be governed to foster joy and affection. A person may have the knowledge of music and yet not enjoy it, as Nietzche did before his madness as he thumped the keys of the piano with his elbows. So too we may have a knowledge of love and yet not show love to others."
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 and Priests For Life

The Gospa's message for August Monthly Medjugorje Message for August 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.

      "Dear children! I desire to share my joy with you. In my Immaculate Heart I feel that there are many of those who have drawn closer to me and are, in a special way, carrying the victory of my Immaculate Heart in their hearts by praying and converting. I desire to thank you and to inspire you to work even more for God and His kingdom with love and the power of the Holy Spirit. I am with you and I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call."
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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August 25
St. Louis of France
2 SATURDAY     no. 151
August 26
BVM on Saturday
3 SUNDAY     no. 152
August 27
4 MONDAY     no. 153
August 28
Saint Augustine
Doctor of the Church

5 TUESDAY     no. 154
August 29
Martyrdom of
St. John the Baptist

6 WEDNESDAY   no. 155
August 30
in Ordinary Time
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August 31
in Ordinary Time

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