August 29, 2000
St. John the Baptist Feast of the
Martyrdom of
Saint John
the Baptist
volume 11, no. 154
August 29, 2000
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God allows us all to understand the meaning of the Mass in the sacrificial nature of the Eucharistic essence no matter the nomenclature or liturgical and cultural rubrics used. The key is realizing and recognizing Who is on the altar.

Benediction in the massive underground St. Pius X Basilica in Lourdes Millions flock annually to Lourdes for healing in body, mind and soul Since 1858 Our Lady has been guiding millions back to her Divine Son The Mystique of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the Transubstantiation of the Body and Blood of Christ Cyndi and son Kellin reverently venerate the Blessed Sacrament

Whether at Lourdes, in St. Peter's, or in a thatched chapel hut in the thick of the jungle, every Mass is the reenactment of the ultimate sacrifice and in every Mass Jesus is present in the Eucharist, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    In her seventh installment on her journey to Lourdes, Cyndi Cain continues to share her experiences during Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the cavernous, underground modern Basilica of Saint Pius X at Lourdes during Military Week in May this year as she describes the most meaningful and reverent devotion she had ever attended. She shares the mystical wonders that occurred in her heart and soul during this time as she experienced an "illumination of the soul," truly seeing herself as God sees her. He also put upon her heart how she could rise above the foreign elements of the liturgy today that often distracts the soul from the contemplative nature of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in favor of celebrating the Eucharistic meal in celebration. While she realizes the true and necessary value of the sacrificial aspect of the Mass wherein Christ's Sacrifice on the Cross is renewed in an unbloody manner in the same way one sees an event on video tape that has already happened, she also was given to realize the importance of the Mystical Body in the Church Militant and to see Jesus in each and every person no matter the surface differences or distractions. And that is live - each and everyday, not "Memorex." For her column, The Mystical Body of Christ is ennobled in the Mystery of the Mass , see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.

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Mother TeresaSister Nirmala Postulator for Mother Teresa's Beatification cause douses hopes of any progress during Jubilee Year

    As hundreds of pilgrims poured into Calcutta to celebrate posthumously the 90th birthday of Mother Teresa, the mood was somewhat somber in the knowledge that her cause for beatification won't be this year. That comes from the Postulator for her cause, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk and it was confirmed by Mother's successor Sister Nirmala, who expressed no sadness at the news, reminding all that such processes always take time and assuaged all that in due course it will happen and that all need to have patience and pray for God's will. more


    First Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3, 14-17
    Psalms: Psalm 96: 10-13
    Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 17-29
St. John the Baptist
Feast of the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist

       We praise Your greatness as we honor the prophet who prepared the way before Your Son. You set John the Baptist apart from other men, marking him out with special favor. His birth brought great rejoicing: even in the womb he leaped for joy, so near was man's salvation. You chose John the Baptist from all the prophets to show the world its Redeemer, the Lamb of sacrifice. He baptized Christ, the Giver of Baptism, in waters made holy by the One Who was baptized. You found John worthy of a martyr's death, his last and greatest act of witness to Your Son.

Taken from the Preface for the Feast of the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist.

    For the vignette on the Feast of the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist, see DAILY LITURGY
       TODAY, Beginning at Midnight in Rome, at 6 p.m. on the East Coast, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain and 3 p.m. Pacific Time at the Great Hour of Mercy, we are all asked to stop for one minute and devote a full moment of silent prayer to God to protect our respective nation and to ask God to shed His Spirit on the shepherds of the Church and especially the leaders of our respective countries that they will uphold religious freedoms, human dignity and the Sanctity of Life. Hey, it's only one minute, but that one minute could save years of tears and countless waiting in Purgatory and quite possibly keep others out of hell. So let's all go for it as one universal petition to Heaven in praying with and from our hearts for 60 seconds! Set your clocks!
Taken from the Gospel for Tuesday's Mass

"For Herod himself had sent and taken John, and bound him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married...But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head be brought on a dish. Then he beheaded him in prison, and brought his head on a dish, and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. His disciples, hearing of it, came and took away his body, and laid it in a tomb."

Mark 6: 17, 27-29

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Urban IV    Today is the 739th anniversary of the election of the 182nd successor of Peter Jacques Pantaleon who took the name Pope Urban IV. Considered an outsider because he came from Jerusalem, though he was born in Tryes, France, Urban was elected in Viturbo, Italy by a majority of eight cardinals during the rift that occurred with the antipopes. He had come to Viturbo to pay homage to the new Pope, little realizing he would be the choice by the Holy Spirit. His pontificate lasted three years. During this time he would confirm the feast of the Body of Christ, known as Corpus Christi to be universally celebrated sixty days after Easter. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenGood news doesn't sell newspapers!!

   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".

    "The mood of our century is critical, partly because of its own uneasy conscience. 'Misery loves company,' it is said but so also does evil. The good has but few publicists. Most newspaper editors love murders, graft and scandals, but how few ever headline virtue. And yet the world is so full of good people, heroic deeds, generous hearts."
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
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St. Louis of France
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BVM on Saturday
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Saint Augustine
Doctor of the Church

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Martyrdom of
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in Ordinary Time
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