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Christ commanded us to love one anotherChrist told us what the two greatest commandments are, but too often we fail to truly understand what He meant in loving our neighbor. He means: Love your neighbor as yourself with your whole heart and soul...for if you did it for one of the least of His children, you did it for Him. How many of us truly realize that?

 The Kiss of Peace is more than a handshake We are all members of the Mystical Body of Christ   The Mystique of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the Transubstantiation of the Body and Blood of Christ Cyndi and son Kellin reverently venerate the Blessed Sacrament in Lourdes

Whether we realize it or not, we're all in a rut and we need to elevate the soul to a higher realm and leave that habit-filled, prejudiced-filled comfort zone behind and embrace Christ by truly loving His children without reservation.

Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    In her eighth installment, Cyndi Cain shares vignettes of her illumination of her soul and awakens in all how simple God has made it for us and how complicated we make it. She points to the greatest opportunity Catholics have to come together - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and how we either take it for granted or begrudgingly "put up" with distractions and others to "get through" the Mass so we can hurry back to our comfort zones where we have shut off so many graces. She reveals what the Kiss of Peace truly means and how so many have missed the boat, seeking to stay in their own canoes and paddle, so to speak, with only those whom they choose to greet. She takes it further in awakening all how important it is to love. Love for God means love for neighbor - no exceptions. Mother Teresa had it right and we should all seek to emulate her in seeing Christ in everyone, regardless of their human foibles, regardless of our own prejudices built up over the years. We must go beyond that so that in the great beyond of eternity we can share with them the joys of everlasting life. If we don't do it here and now, we'll be waiting with a lot of souls for quite a while in Purgatory learning a lesson we've been taught on earth. For her column, Elevating the soul to a higher realm , see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.

from a Catholic Viewpoint

News Ticker from Catholic World News 100,000 pack St. Peter's Square for Beatifications of two Popes and three Religious
   The Church and the world have five new Blessed as of Sunday. This was the solemn proclamation made by John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, which was crowded with 100,000 faithful from all over the world, when beatifying five men of very diverse characters but united in their love for God and humanity. A veritable river of humanity flowed peacefully into the plaza enclosed by the Bernini colonnade. The majority of faithful were Italians, since the "Good Pope" left an indelible memory in Italy. However, by their voices and colors, groups from Spain, Argentina, Lebanon, Brazil, the United States, Chile, and Korea were also very much in evidence. more

    Holy Father dismisses political negatives in extolling virtues of Blessed Pius IX
    Blessed Pope Pius IX    The Holy Father avoided responding to the arguments raised around the figure of Pius IX that had erupted on the eve of his beatification. Instead, he concentrated on his predecessor's spirituality, because the Church does not proclaim people Blessed for political reasons. "He was always indulgent to his enemies. The spirit of poverty, faith in God, and abandonment to Providence, coupled with an extraordinary sense of humor, helped him overcome the most difficult moments." more


    First Reading: 1 Corinthians 2: 10-16
    Psalms: Psalm 145: 8-14
    Gospel Reading: Luke 4: 31-37
Taken from the Epistle for Tuesday's Mass

"But the sensual man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him and he cannot understand, because it is examined spiritually. But the spiritual man judges all things, and he himself is judged by no man. For 'who has known the mind of the Lord, that he might instruct him?' But we have the mind of Christ."

1 Corinthians 2: 14-16

Events that happened Today in Church History

Rosary - crown of roses    Today is the 521st anniversary of the death of the holy Dominican priest Blessed Alan de la Roche who gave the Rosary its name and established the custom of meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary based on the life of Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary. This 15th century Dominican received a vision from Our Lord while saying Mass. Jesus asked Blessed Alan to restore devotion to this wonderful prayer that was a "crown of roses" to Heaven; thus Father de la Roche introduced the term "Rosary" as a "crown of roses" - each prayer representing a rose placed on the heads of Our Lord and Our Lady with red roses for Jesus and white roses for Mary. Thus when one says one full Rosary encompassing fifteen decades they present a crown of roses to Jesus and Mary. Each decade represents a Mystery and a bouquet of Heavenly roses that will not die but bloom forever. Towards the end of Blessed Alan's life Saint Dominic appeared to him to confirm God's pleasure with the work Father Alan had done in promoting and restoring the Rosary which had fallen in disfavor over the years. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe Church can not stand still and wait!

   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 world is not as irreligious as it seems at first glance. Religion has moved out of churches, to a large extent, to cope with our frustrations, despairs, shames and neuroses. The only mistake the churches can make in the new order is to assume that everybody must come to them instead of their going to everybody."
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   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!

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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 more Our Lady's message for August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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