August 7, 2000
Feast of
Pope Saint Sixtus II and Companion Martrys
Pope St. Sixtus II
volume 11, no. 133
August 7, 2000
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The Illumination of the soul can be an eye-opener where one can either suffer in self-pity or rejoice in discovering the truth and heeding it in total, unconditional love for God

Life-size Stations of the Cross above the Grotto and village Military personel from several nations hold aloft incense during Benediction at St. Pius X Basilica The Bishop blesses the multitude gathered for Benediction Cyndi and son Kellin watch in awe Closing procession with reverent soldiers from all over the world

In a Lourdes underground cavern basilica the size of a football field, the dark cave of the soul is enlightened by eternal truths

Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    In her fifth installment on her journey to Lourdes, Cyndi Cain continues shares 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. Because of this interior vision, she was at first shocked, and for a split second hopeless in her suffering, but then realized the great gift she had received for God was opening her consciousness to overcome the assumptions of her subconsciousness, something that we all possess and so easily misread. You might say, she was privileged to receive the Warning ahead of time, the same experience prophesied at Garabandal which we can anticipate when it occurs worldwide in God's Time. We call it a "dress rehearsal" for the Last Judgment, and though it can be shocking as Cyndi relates, it shows His tremendous Mercy and Love for us all. All we need to do is allow that Light to enlighten our darkened souls and hardened hearts. For her column, Purity of Intention is the Key to loving God unconditionally , see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.


    First Reading:  Jeremiah 28: 1-17
    Responsorial:  Psalm 119: 20, 43, 68, 79-80, 95, 102
    Gospel:   Matthew 14: 13-21
Pope Saint Sixtus II

Feast of Pope Saint Sixtus II and Companion Martyrs
       Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit You enabled St. Sixtus and his companions to lay down their lives for Your Word in witness to Jesus. Give us the grace to believe in You and the courage to profess our faith.

    Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating the Feast of Pope Saint Sixtus II and Companion Martyrs.
For the profile on this 24th successor of Peter, see DAILY LITURGY

Feast of Saint Cajetan, Priest and Religious Founder
       Lord, You helped St. Cajetan to imitate the apostolic way of life. By his example and prayers may we trust in You always and be faithful in seeking Your kingdom.
    Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass observing the Feast of Saint Cajetan, Priest and Religious Founder.
For the profile on this sixteenth century saint who died in Naples in 1547, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

"Now when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserrt place and the hour is already late; send the crowds away, so that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food. But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away; you yourselves give them some food.'"

Matthew 14: 15
Events that happened Today in Church History

   Today is the 529th anniversary of the inspiring author Thomas a Kempis who penned the inspirational and fruitful work "Imitation of Christ" which has fashioned countless souls toward sanctity in following the example of Our Lord and Savior. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe rough seas will not swallow us up if we call upon God!

   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".

    " One wonders how many of our public officials in the great burdens that are laid upon them ever cry to God for help. When the United Nations held its first meeting in San Francisco, fearful that we might offend the atheists, it was decided to keep a minute of silence instead of praying fearlessly to God to illumine and guide the nations. It was in a moment of Peter's failure in fishing that Our Lord said: "Launch out into the deep" (Luke 5: 4). It is in the times of our failures that the soul must draw away from the shores."
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!

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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

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