August 27, 2000
St. Monica
Feast of
Saint Monica
volume 11, no. 152
August 27, 2000
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During the closing Papal Mass the Holy Father gives two million apostles for the new millennium the challenge to uncompromisingly follow Christ.
    Pope John Paul II beams at turnout and promise of the future as he closes the most successful World Youth Day ever and sets sights on Toronto in 2002!
    Pope John Paul II basked in the warmth of the love exuding from over two million youth from all over the globe huddled in one massive sea of unity. During his homily at the Papal Mass that closed World Youth Days 2000, he issued the challenge to tomorrow's leaders to turn away from sin, turn away from temporal goals and seek Jesus for He is the only One Who holds the answer to everlasting life. Over and over the Holy Father reminded the enthusiastic youth to stay the course, not to turn away from Him as so many did in Our Lord's time, and to echo Peter's words in John 6: 68, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." As an added bonus, we present the Pope's Sunday Angelus Address which was also delivered to the vast field of Tor Vergata in Rome. For the full text of the Holy Father's Closing words for World Youth Days 2000, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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Even Expert American Prelate on World Youth Days expresses surprize at turnout last week
    Cardinal James Francis Stafford's astonishment was yet to be fully assimilated: "Two million people? We really didn't expect it," but his thoughts were already running ahead to Toronto: "The road has already started," the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity said. American Cardinal Stafford was the person ultimately responsible for the organization of World Youth Day, a task for which he prepared as Archbishop of Denver during the 1993 World Youth Day. He was eager to give his impressions of the event, and began with the confessions in the Circus Maximus, "an important fact on which the entire Church must reflect." more

Campaign in Mighty Mo turns mighty tough for governor as abortion issue is raised by pro-life opponent for U.S. Senate race
    Abortion has entered the advertising war in Missouri's U.S. Senate race. Pro-life U.S. Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO) and pro-abortion Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-MO) have spent thousands of dollars to advertise their records on various political isues, but until recently they had avoided the volatile issue of abortion. That changed this week with an Ashcroft radio ad in which he says Carnahan "refused to show mercy for innocent life" when he vetoed partial-birth abortion bans in 1997 and 1999. more
Combonion missionary sister's plea tugs at heartstrings of Libyan leader
    The pain of a frail nun was enough to move Muammar Qadhafi himself. This was reflected in images broadcast last Friday on Libyan television of a meeting between the President and Sister Rachele Fassera, Combonian missionary, who requested his intervention for the release of 12 Ugandan girls, kidnapped in Aboke, in the diocese of Lira in northern Uganda, on October 10, 1996, by the Sudanese rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). more

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    First Reading: Joshua 24: 1-2, 15-18
    Psalms: Psalm 34: 2-3, 16-21
    Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 21-32
    Gospel Reading: John 6: 60-69
St. Monica and St. AugustineThough superseded by the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 27th is the traditional Feast of Saint Monica, Mother of Saint Augustine, whose feast we celebrate tomorrow:

Feast of Saint Monica

       It is especially fitting for us on the feast of the saintly mother Monica to praise You for Your gifts. Reborn in Christ, she lived in such a way that her faith and her conduct were praise to Your name and she felt Your presence in her heart. She entrusted her husband to You and she nurtured her children spiritually, being in labor again as often as she saw them stray from You. And because of her daily heartfelt tears, You granted that her son Augustine should not be lost.

Taken from the Preface in the Augustinian Missal for the Feast of Saint Monica.

Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"What then if you should see the Son of Man ascending where He was before? It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some among you who do not believe. "

John 6: 63-65

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Eugene II    Today is the 1,173rd anniversary of the death in 827 of Pope Eugene II, the 99th successor of Peter who was elected on May 11th, 824. His three year pontificate was marked by his formation of a supreme council for implementing the canons and ecclesiastical law that was, in effect, the beginning of the Roman Curia. Pope Eugene is also attributed with being the one who established the seminary system that fed countless priests to carry out and further the Faith over the centuries. Sadly, over the past thirty years vocations have dropped as seminaries closed in clusters. But recently there has been a resurgence and the future is looking brighter, especially in third world countries yet to be spoiled by temporal modern trappings. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenNothing happens by accident

   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".

    "What one sets out to find, one generally finds. Those who are critical by nature, almost always find faults in others. If we start with the assumption that most people are dishonest, are we not constantly bumping up against crooks? On the contrary, if we believe people to be kind and good-hearted, these are about the only kind of souls we ever meet. They who are afraid of accidents most generally have them; their first principle of always looking for the worst makes the worst appear. Sometimes it is possible to tell a person to hide something in a room, and later discover the hiding place by taking hold of his hand and following its instinctive motions."
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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. For Our Lady's message for August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
1 FRIDAY     no. 150
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
7 THURSDAY     no. 156
August 31
in Ordinary Time

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