October 20, 2000
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Saint Paul of the Cross

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volume 11, no. 206
October 20, 2000

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Saint Augustine
The wisdom of Saint Augustine revisited in the new millennium

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto revisits some of the wise reflections of the great Saint Augustine whom she wrote about last month. With the election just weeks away, we all need to search our souls and plumb the depths of our own wisdom. To do this, besides wisdom from the great Bishop of Hippo, Sister also shares the wisdom of a young Arizona high schooler who, after the tragedy of Columbine High in Denver, penned a poem that is so poignant today and one that gives great food for thought in choosing a president who will endorse legislation to put God back in the schools, to curb the culture of death and promote life. For her column, entitled More Wisdom of Saint Augustine see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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      First Reading: 1 Ephesians 1: 11-14
      Psalms: Psalm 33: 1-2, 3-5, 12-13
      Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 1-7
    Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest and Religious Founder

         O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst endow Holy Paul with eminent charity in preaching the mystery of the Cross, and was pleased that through him a new family should flourish in the Church; grant, through his intercession, that we, who continually recall the memory of Thy Passion here on earth, may be deemed worthy to receive its fruits in Heaven. Who livest and reign forever and ever. Amen.
        Taken from My Daily Prayer for the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross

    For a profile on Saint Paul of the Cross, the liturgy of today and tomorrow's liturgy and Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, see DAILY LITURGY

    Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

    "But I say to you, My friends: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will show you whom you shall be afraid of; be afraid of him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell."

    Luke 12: 4-5

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Blessed Pope Pius IX    Today is the 136th anniversary of the last hurrah for the Papal States as Blessed Pope Pius IX, beatified along with Blessed Pope John XXIII last month by Pope John Paul II, opted for discretion rather than valor. In other words, to save countless of the faithful from bloodshed he reluctantly surrendered the city of Rome to King Victor Emmanuel, the Sardinian ruler who was uniting all of Italy. While it marked the end of the Papal States, the Vatican itself was preserved as a compromise was worked out between the Vicar of Christ and the king. Pius IX was not harmed and allowed to stay in Vatican City. In addition the Church was given an annual stipend by the Italian government of 3 million liras. However Pius, a proud and noble man, felt he would be selling out by taking the money, feeling it akin to Judas taking the thirty pieces of silver and thus, he steadfastly refused, opting instead to be a prisoner within the Holy See until his death on February 7, 1878. Six years after surrendering, Rome became the capital of Italy, and, despite the secularization of the city, has remained the hub of Catholicism throughout the world. The Lateran Treaty that would be signed between a distant successor of Pius IX - Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini would eliminate all temporal power but open the door for the Church to be truly universal and a spiritual influence throughout the 20th century. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenSilence is indeed golden!

       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 ancient Spartans used to say that 'a fool cannot be silent' and the Scriptures say that 'a fool's voice is known by many words' (Ecclesiastics 5: 3). It is all very well to plaster our church lawn with placards saying: 'Leave the world better than you find it,' but we will never leave the world better until through silence, contemplation and prayer we improve ourselves. We must leave the world to help the world. That life is most effectively lived which every now and then withdraws from the scene of action to contemplation where one learns the terrible defeat and futility which come from excessive absorption in detail and action."
    18 DAYS
    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!

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life

    The Gospa's message for September Monthly Medjugorje Message for September 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 Our Lady' September Message and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    October 20
    St. Paul of the Cross
    2 SATURDAY     no. 207
    October 21
    BVM on Saturday
    3 SUNDAY     no. 208
    October 22
    29th SUNDAY   WORLD

    4 MONDAY     no. 209
    October 23
    Weekday/St. John of Capistrano
    5 TUESDAY     no. 210
    October 24
    Saint Anthony of Claret
    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 211
    October 25
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