August 28, 2000
Feast of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church St. Augustine
volume 11, no. 153
August 28, 2000
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There's no Eucharistic Celebration without the ultimate unbloody immolation of the Lamb of God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many belittle the sacrificial aspect while playing up the meal. How wrong they are!

  In this issue Pat Ludwa delineates the difference between relativism and reality regarding the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The relativism is that over the last thirty plus years many generations have come to call it the "Eucharistic Meal" with the emphasis on celebration. Pat decries how this has been misconceived by so many - both laity and clergy - into emphasizing the meal aspect of the Mass while the terminology and meaning of Transubstantiation, the meaning of the altar are lost in the maze of terms and assumed rituals that accompany this august worship service. The reality, as Pat points out through Vatican II documents and other sources, is the sacrificial nature of the Mass where the Lamb of God - Jesus Christ is offered up for our sins. The Last Supper is not remembered for the meal but for the institution of the Blessed Sacrament Which can only be accomplished through the unbloody sacrifice on the altar where the bread and wine truly become His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity at the Consecration through the confection known as Transubstantiation. Yet, Pat shows where, rather than embracing this doctrine fully, many downplay this vital and pivotal part of the Mass - choosing instead to emphasize the "celebratory meal" in reference to the Last Supper. Pat clears up the misconceptions about this event in the upper room that the Apostles were not celebrating the food per se, but the essence of the nourishment for their soul - the Holy Eucharist that could only be given to us through the ultimate Sacrifice the Father deigned for His Son. For his column We've forgotten something so vitally important to our Faith , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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Soon to be Blessed John XXIII Pope John XXIII's Secretary takes us behind-the-scenes with the soon-to-be Blessed and Beloved Pontiff of the 2nd half of the 20th Century

        On September 3, Pope John Paul II will beatify Pope John XXIII, the author of the Second Vatican Council. Archbishop Loris Capovilla, Pope John XXIII's private secretary, at present Pontifical Delegate Bishop for the Loreto Shrine, worked alongside the pontificate that marked a decisive change for the Church in the 20th century. Included today is an interview with Archbishop Capovilla on the "Good Pope," which was published in the Italian magazine, "Jesus." more


    First Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1: 1-5, 11-12
    Psalms: Psalm 96: 1-5
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 23: 13-22
Saint Augustine Feast of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

       Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks, and to praise You on this feast of Saint Augustine, our Father. His life was a constant quest to know You and rejoice in You, and in finding You to seek You with ever greater love. By his teaching he enlightened Your Church. Moved by love for You and by zeal for Your glory, he established communities of religious, setting before them the ideal of sharing all things in common. Tireless in proclaiming the good news of salvation by preaching and writing, he fostered unity and peace and built up the fellowship of the Church.

Taken from the Preface of the Augustinian Missal for the Feast of Saint Augustine.

Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

"Woe to you, blind guides, who say 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound.' You blind fools! for which is greater, the gold, or the temple which sanctifies the gold? And whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is bound.' Blind ones! for which is greater, the gift, or the altar which sanctifies the gift? Therefore he who swears by the altar swears by it, and by all things that are on it; and he who swears by the temple swears by it, and by Him who dwells in it. And he who swears by Heaven swears by the throne of God, and by Him Who sits upon it."

Matthew 23: 16-22

Events that happened Today in Church History

Saint Augustine    Today is the 1,570th anniversary of the death of the great Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Saint Augustine. It is interesting to note that very few other events occurred this day in Church history, reserving it for the greatness of Augustine. He was the ideal model of a sinner turned saint. Like Saint Paul, he had persecuted Christians through his stubborn clinging to Arianism. But through the graces of God, called forth by his own mother Saint Monica, Augustine saw the light and turned into one of the wisest in Church annals, sharing with all the masterpiece "Confessions" which help all realize there is no sin we cannot be forgiven of if we only ask as Monica did for her son as we see today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWe migrate where our heart truly is

   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".

    "When one begins with the idea that infidelity is common and that one ought to search for it, it is very likely that one will instinctively go to those areas and persons where infidelity is common and avoid those other groups or people where infidelity is less likely to be manifested. Tramps coming to New York, even for the first time, land in the Bowery, not on Park Avenue. What we believe is to a great extent a determinant of where we will go, like an alcoholic to a bar, and a Christian to a church."
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. For more 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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