June 21-22, 2000,     vol. 11, no. 111



DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday and Thursday

       On Wednesday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the holy Jesuit Seminarian who died of the plague in 1591. On Thursday we return to Ordinary Time plus the feast of the Bishop Saint Paulinus of Nola and the English martyrs Saint John Fisher, Bishop and the more well-known Saint Thomas More, who was King Henry VIII's Chancellor until he realized he could no longer serve a man who had turned his back on God and His Church. For this Thomas was beheaded. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations for the next three days, see DAILY LITURGY.

    First Reading:  2 Kings 2: 1, 6-14
    Responsorial:  Psalm 31: 20-21, 24
    Gospel:   Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18
Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
       Father of love, Giver of all good things, in Saint Aloysius You combined remarkable innocence with the spirit of penance. By the help of his prayers may we, who have not followed his innocence, follow his example of penance.
Taken from the Opening Prayer for Wednesday's Mass

    First Reading:  1 Kings 18: 41-46
    Responsorial:  Psalm 65: 10-13
    Gospel:   Matthew 5: 20-26
    Feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop

       Lord, You made St. Paulinus renowned for his love of poverty and concern for his people. May we, who celebrate his witness to the gospel, imitate his example of love for others.

Taken from the Opening Prayer for Thursday's Mass honoring St. Paulinus
    Feast of the Martyrs Saint John Fisher, Bishop
    Saint Thomas More, Patron Saint of Lawyers

       Father, You confirm the true Faith with the crown of martyrdom. May the prayers of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More give us the courage to proclaim our Faith by the witness of our lives.

Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating these martyrs


Taken from the Gospel for Thursday

"In this manner, therefore shall you pray. 'Our Father Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.' For if you forgive men their offences, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you your offenses."

Matthew 6: 9-14

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenInto everyone's life the Son shines, enlightening us as to the mysteries of life

   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".

    "G. K. Chesterton once said that God has put a tremendous mystery in nature itself and that is the sun. In the light of that one thing, which we cannot see because of its brightness, everything else is made clear. Likewise, thought we cannot comprehend the nature of God completely in this life, nevertheless, in the light of the truths which He revealed, everything else is made clear, such as the mystery of pain, suffering, death, life and birth."

May 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.

The Gospa's message for May "Dear children! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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