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July 6, 2000,    vol. 11, no. 117


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DAILY LITURGY for THURSDAY and FRIDAY

    St. Maria Goretti    Today, besides being Weekday in Ordinary Time, is also the Feast of Saint Maria Goretti. This young Italian virgin was martyred for her faith in 1902 because she treasured her chastity and would not give in to temptation even when her life was threatened. Her perseverance and intercession have paid dividends countless-fold for her murderer was converted in prison and was present at her canonization by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Her attacker was reunited with St. Maria in 1970 when he died as a Franciscan Capuchin Tertiary. She is the Patron Saint of those who seek to emulate her virtues. Today especially it is necessary for all young people to practice the restraint and virtues she exemplified because more than ever before temptations lurk in all areas of our lives and permeate all walks of life. It is not easy striving for sanctity today. Friday is the FIRST FRIDAY in July and Weekday in Ordinary Time is observed. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on St. Maria Goretti, see DAILY LITURGY.


    THURSDAY'S
    LITURGY
    :
      First Reading:  Amos 7: 10-17
      Responsorial:  Psalm 19: 8-11
      Gospel:   Matthew 9: 1-8

Weekday and Feast of Saint Maria Goretti

    Father, Source of Innocence and lover of Chastity, You gave St. Maria Goretti the privilege of offering her life in witness to Christ. As You gave her the crown of martyrdom, let her prayers keep us faithful to Your teaching.
  Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring St. Maria Goretti


    FRIDAY'S
    LITURGY
    :

    First Reading:  Amos 8: 4-6, 9-12
    Responsorial:  Psalm 119: 2,10, 20, 40, 130-131
    Gospel:   Matthew 9: 9-13
FIRST FRIDAY


The DAILY WORD Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass
"Jesus said to him, 'I will come and cure him.' But in answer the centurion said, 'Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.'"
Matthew 9: 7-8


Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe test of time will measure true enthusiasm and zeal

   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".


    "Decisions and resolutions taken during an enthusiastic moment mean little unless tested by time and by waiting. At the beginning of the public life of Our Lord, when many wished to follow Him, He refused to accept them: 'He knew what was in man.' The immediate request for places on the right and left side of the kingdom by James and John He ordered tested by the ability to bear sacrifice and to drink the cup of His Passion and Crucifixion."


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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