September 28, 2000
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Feast of
Saint Wenceslaus
Saint Lawrence Ruiz
and Companion Martyrs

volume 11, no. 184
September 28, 2000

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Appreciation for the First Commandment of God
    Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the fifth of a multi-part installment on the First Commandment as explained in My Catholic Faith. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our moral code set down by God and the First Commandment sets in order the importance of worshipping only the Almighty - Three Persons in One God: "I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me." In this issue we focus on Religion and Superstition and how we need to be aware of these principal sins against the virtue of religion. Some of these sins are superstitions, such as astrology and crystals; sacrilege, as in misusing sacred images and sacramentals; idolatry, as in holding things or persons in higher importance than God; and simony, which is the selling of indulgences or sacramentals for profit. For the 199th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

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      First Reading: Ecclesiastes 1: 2-11
      Psalms: Psalm 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17
      Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 7-9

      Feast of Saint Wenceslaus, Husband, Father, Ruler and Martyr

        Lord, You taught Your martyr Wenceslaus to prefer the kingdom of Heaven to all that the earth has to offer. May his prayers free us from our self-seeking and help us to serve You with all our hearts.

          Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating Saint Wenceslaus

      Feast of Saint Lawrence Ruiz, Husband, Father, and Martyr and Companion Martyrs

        Lord God, in our service to You and to our neighbor give us the patience of the holy martyrs Lawrence and his companions; for those who suffer persecution for justice' sake are blessed in the kingdom of Heaven.

          Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating Saint Lawrence Ruiz and his Companion Martyrs

    Taken from the Epistle for Thursday's Mass

    "What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say, 'See, this is new!' has already existed in the ages that preceded us. There is no remembrance of the men of old; nor of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them."

    Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope John Paul I    Today is the 22nd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul I, the immediate predecessor of Pope John Paul II, our current Vicar of Christ. Cardinal Albino Luciano was chosen on August 26th and, in effect, served thirty-three days, dying mysteriously in his bed. He was the first Pontiff in history to take two names of previous Popes out of respect for the two preceding Popes. He was known as the "Smiling Pope." For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWe can overload our memories and stall

       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".

      " God has blessed some people with remarkable powers of retention. It is said that Themistocles knew by heart the names of twenty thousand citizens of Athens. History records that Cyrus knew the name of every soldier in his army. On the other hand, Aristotle held that people who have such vivid memoriees for details never have good judgment. This may be because images pile up with such rapidity as to destroy the relation between abstract ideas which are essential for judgment. "
    40 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's message for September and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    September 22
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    2 SATURDAY     no. 179
    September 23
    BVM on Saturday
    3 SUNDAY     no. 180
    September 24
    25th SUNDAY IN

    4 MONDAY     no. 181
    September 25
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    5 TUESDAY     no. 182
    September 26
    Sts. Cosmas & Damian
    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 183
    September 27
    Feast of Saint
    Vincent de Paul

    7 THURSDAY     no. 184
    September 28
    Wkday/ St. Wenceslaus
    St. Lawr. Ruiz
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