September 15, 2000
Our Lady of Sorrows Feast of OUR LADY OF SORROWS
volume 11, no. 171
September 15, 2000
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God the Father Noise is not conducive to communicating with God. He doesn't shout, He whispers. But we can't hear Him if we're always talking, always surrounded by noise and distractions. We need to slow down, be still and listen. He'll always hear us. The problem is us hearing Him.

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her column this week, we bring you a gem from the archived columns of Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in which she reminds us that we need to get off the treadmill and stop and smell the flowers. Once we do that, we have a better opportunity to pause and reflect and hear the gentle whisper of God. How do we do this? She points out that quiet prayer and meditation are the best ways, as well as reading Sacred Scriptures and the lives of the saints. The former is the Word of God that speaks to us in volumes literally, the latter illustrates how His Word has been carried out and offers a blueprint of how we, too, can emulate the virtues of these holy men and women who shut out the world in order to open up to God. Do you think the Blessed Mother would have said yes to be the Mother of God if she was too busy to pray? She is known as the Sorrowful Mother not just because of what she lived through with her Divine Son, but what she was given to see for all eternity how our sins and indifference to Jesus are yet another lash, another scourge, another thorn in His sacred skull. Especially here in the new millennium, we need to rein in our technological tethers amid all the cacaphony and steal away to a quiet place where we can hear and experience the will of God through prayer and quiet time. Then we can apply this to our everyday life and know when God is speaking to us...and when it is the devil tempting us. It's important, vitally important, to know the difference. Satan loves noise, God doesn't. Neither should we. For her column, entitled Shhhh! God's Talking! see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


    First Reading: 1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-27
    Psalms: Psalm 84: 2-6, 8, 12
    Gospel Reading: John 19: 25-27 or Luke 2: 33-35

       On Calvary the cruel sword of suffering pierced the heart of the Virgin Mary while the Savior of the world, nailed to the cross, freed the sons of Adam from the ancient condemnation and by His precious blood He opened the gates of the kingdom. In suffering death for our sins, Christ willed especially to associate His Mother with the redemptive passion so that she could obtain for her children more copious fruits of that sacrifice.

      Taken from the Preface for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

    For the vignette on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, see DAILY LITURGY.

Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

"And Simeon blessed Them and said to Mary His mother, 'Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

Luke 2: 34-35

Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Pius XII    Today is the 49th anniversary of the release in 1951 by Pope Pius XII of his 24th encyclical Ingruentium malorum which was on the importance of the Holy Rosary and the recitation of this special prayer - this "crown of roses" in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and released on her feast day of the Mother of Sorrows. It was just more evidence how Marian this Sovereign Pontiff was for three years later he would declare the Dogma of the Assumption, the last Dogma to be declared. Many believe His Holiness John Paul II will eventually declare the Fifth Dogma, also termed the "Final Dogma" proclaiming Our Lady as Advocate, Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenGraciousness begets Hospitality

       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".

      "Great virtues are apt to pass out of civilization because the structure of society changes. When there were few cities and journeys were long and arduous, hospitality was one of the most frequently practiced virtues. Herodotus, the Greek historian, tells us of being shipwrecked on a sparsely settled shore, and how a whole family went without food to care for him. One of our missionaries in the Pacific stated that he would never tell the natives of the island that he had even so much as a headache; otherwise they would sit up outside his tent the whole night boiling water and herbs, and holding themselves at attention in case of need."
    53 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 August Monthly Medjugorje Message for August 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's Message for August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    1 FRIDAY     no. 171
    September 15
    Feast of Our
    Lady of Sorrows

    2 SATURDAY     no. 172
    September 16
    Saint Pope Cornelius &
    Saint Cyprian, Martyrs

    3 SUNDAY     no. 173
    September 17
    24th SUNDAY IN

    4 MONDAY     no. 174
    September 18
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    5 TUESDAY     no. 175
    September 19
    Saint Januarius, Martyr
    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 176
    September 20
    Feast of the
    Korean Martyrs

    7 THURSDAY     no. 177
    September 21
    Apostle and Evangelist

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