Month of the Precious Blood


July 19-20, 2000,    vol. 11, no. 123



"Put on the Armor of God"
       Because the summer months are so filled with temptations, we present a special prayer based on Ephesians 6: 10-17 below. The Prayer "Armoring for the Day" was composed by Steve Palecki of Knights of Columbus Council 11439 at St. Thomas More in Vista, California. It is a great reminder, as the Apostle Paul stresses, that we need God in learning what armor to wear. It is a prayer we should all say on a daily basis to help us in our struggle for Christian perfection that will enable us to "Fight the good fight." For Steve's prayer, see ARMORING FOR THE DAY

   "For the rest brethren, be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of His power. Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high. Therefore take up the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of justice, and having your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace, in all things taking up the shield of faith, with which you may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, that is, the Word of God"

Ephesians 6: 10-17


   Wednesday and Thursday are both Weekdays in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    First Reading:  Isaiah 10: 5-7, 13-16
    Responsorial:  Psalm 94: 5-10, 14-15
    Gospel:   Matthew 11: 25-27

    First Reading:  Isaiah 26: 7-9, 12, 16-19
    Responsorial:  Psalm 102: 13-21
    Gospel:   Matthew 11: 28-30

      My yoke is easy Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass

      "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you wil find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden light."

      Matthew 11: 28-30

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenPity can be misplaced if one does not see the whole picture

   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 Our Lord was being led out to Calvary, the pious women came to console Him, but He addressed them saying, 'Weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and your children.' In other words, 'Your pity is misplaced. It is not for Me that you should mourn, but rather weep for those who send Me to death. Shed no tears for the Crucified, but for the crucifers. I go to a momentary sorrow, but there is a glorious Resurrection issing from it. In every flame there is a point of quietness and repose where a match may be inserted without igniting; so too within My heart, already so crowned with thorns of sorrow, there is an oasis of joy which no man can take from Me.'"

June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

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. Following is Our Lady's brief message on the occasion of the 19th Anniversary of the Apparitions.

The Gospa's message for June "Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. The one who prays is not afraid of the future. Little children do not forget, I am with you and I love you all. Thank you for having responded to my call."

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


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