November 20, 2000
Weekday in Ordinary Time

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volume 11, no. 237
November 20, 2000
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    St. Augustine Let us build the City of God,
    not the city of man!
      In this issue Pat Ludwa takes us back to common sense. In these days when things look so bleak, he reminds us that, like Dicken's literary portrayal of two cities in "Tale of Two Cities", these are the best of times, the worst of times. He takes us back to well before the English author to another author, a far, far greater one, a man with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit whose excellent treatise "City of God" puts in perspective why our hopes and fears for temporal solutions are useless if we are focusing on the city of man. He prods us to recall the meaning behind Saint Augustine's words as Pat quotes this wise and holy Doctor of the Church and shows the differences between those intent on doing God's Will through obedience to His Holy Church's teachings and those both outside and inside the Church, who would work toward construction of a fleeting, finite metropolis of materialism and measure their success by how high they can scale the skyscrapers of rationalism, confusion and deceit. Indeed, as he documents in the prophet Jeremiah's advice, Our Lord's assuring words, and Paul's entreaty to Timothy, these towers will tumble like Babel and those who put their faith in the false municipalities of modernism will suffer the same fate that occurred in Genesis 11. For Pat's column The best and worst of times see VIEW FROM THE PEW


    First Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 1: 1-4; 2: 1-5
    Psalms: Psalm 1: 1-4, 6
    Gospel Reading: Luke 18: 35-43

      For today's liturgy for Ordinary Time and tomorrow's Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

"And he cried out, saying, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'...Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to him. And when He drew near, He asked him, saying, 'What wouldst thou have Me do for thee?' And he said, 'Lord, that I may see.' And Jesus said to him, 'Receive thy sight, thy faith has saved thee.' And at once he received his sight and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people upon seeing it gave praise to God."

Luke 18: 38, 40-43

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Pius VIII    Today is the 239th anniversary of the birth of Francisco Castiglioni in the village of Cingoli in Italy. He would grow up to answer the call not only to the priesthood and the episcopacy, but be elevated to the highest office in the Church as the 253rd successor of Peter taking the name Pope Pius VIII on April 5, 1829. His pontificate would only last a year and a half for he would die on November 30 , 1830. Despite this short reign, Pius dealt adroitly with the Saracens in bringing about a favorable situation for the Armenians. He also was able to strengthen missionary activity in many continents. It was Pius who first established the postal service for the Vatican State. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe treasures of self-sacrifice

       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 best influences in life are undeliberate, unconscious; when no one is watching, or when reaction to the good deed was never sought. Such is the long-range influence of a mother in a home; fulfilling of daily duties with love and a spirit of self-sacrifice leaves an imprint on the children that deepens with the years. St. Francis has done much to influence painting, though he was not an artist. Great artists have influenced millions to love beauty, though their intention was never to be so remembered."

       The elections are over, but the battle for life is not. We cannot give up the fight. Please continue to pray for the Sanctity of Life and pray for those pro-abort candidates who were elected that they will have a conversion of heart and recognize the evil of their ways. Remember, nothing is impossible with God. 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 murder, immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc.

    Also we recommend the following excellent sites whose main purpose is the Sanctity of Life

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life and People of Life and Human Life International and
    American Life League and National Right to Life and Oblates of Mary Immaculate Life Issues

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    St. Elizabeth of Hungary
    Wife, Mother and Religious
    2 SATURDAY     no. 235
    November 18
    / Sts. Peter & Paul Bas.
    St. Rose Duchesne/BVM

    3 SUNDAY     no. 236
    November 19
    33rd SUNDAY
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    4 MONDAY     no. 237
    November 20
    Weekday in
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    5 TUESDAY     no. 238
    November 21

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 239
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    Saint Cecilia
    Virgin and Martyr

    7 THURSDAY     no. 240
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