September 8, 2000
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September 8, 2000
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Saint Augustine
We've all heard the axiom, "A wise old man once said..." But who was that "wise old man?" We believe it was the esteemed Doctor of the Church Saint Augustine of Hippo

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto emphasizes the wisdom of Saint Augustine whom she wrote about last week. After suggesting in the September 1st issue that he is the ideal saint for today, she backs that up with selected quotes from this venerated Doctor of the Church whose gems are as applicable today as they were back in the early fifth century. This sage Bishop of Hippo speaks from experience - lived and learned and he shares it with all who have a hunger to learn more about God, to discover as he did that, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee." Sister provides a litany of wise sayings that will draw us closer to God and tweak our consciences to strive to continue the search for Perfection in an imperfect world. For her column, entitled The Wisdom of Saint Augustine see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

from a Catholic Viewpoint

News Ticker from Catholic World News

    Holy Father recommits to educating consciences in helping bring about viable solution for peace during meeting with Egyptian Envoy
    Egypt    The Pope recalled his experiences in Egypt earlier this year as he accepted the diplomatic credentials of Farouk Hussein Raafat. The Holy Father praised Egypt for its "central" role in "the search for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East." He said that the search must continue, and urged new efforts to address "the many problems that have not yet been resolved, which have a profound impact on that unstable region." He continued in that vein, "The Church is deeply interested" in the peace process, although the role of the Church is different from that of civil governments. The role of religions, he explained, is "to educate consciences to the principles and truths that are the foundation of the welfare of individuals and of societies." more

    Pope attracts 40,000 in St. Peter's Square for Wednesday General Audience in sharing the Discipleship of Christ
        "The Christian, disciple of Christ", was the theme of Pope John Paul II' catechesis yesterday, held in St. Peter's Square in the presence of 40.000 pilgrims from different parts of the world. "The meeting with Christ," the Pope said, "radically changes people's lives, encouraging them to 'metanoia,' or profound conversion of heart and mind; it also establishes a communion of life that develops into following Christ." more

For the Weekend News and Headlines, see DAILY NEWS & VIEWS


    First Reading: Micah 5: 1-4 or Romans 8: 28-30
    Psalms: Psalm 13: 6
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 1: 1-16, 18-23

       Today we celebrate that happy day on which the glorious and immaculate Mother of God appeared in the world like a shining star. After the sin of the first woman, there was finally opened to us the long-desired gate of life and we have been called by the Son of the Virgin Mary out of the darkness into the joy of eternal light.

Taken from the Preface for the Mass honoring the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

"Now all this came to pass that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son; and they shall call His name Emmanuel; which is, interpreted, 'God with us.'"

Matthew 1: 22-23

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Leo XIII Pope Saint Pius X Pope Pius XII Recent Pontiffs who honored Mary with encyclicals on her Birthday    September 8th, the Feast of the Birth of Mary was a favorite date for three holy Pontiffs to release encyclicals with Pope Leo XIII releasing four on this date - three on the Rosary in the successive years of 1892, 93 and 94. His successor Pope Saint Pius X issued his landmark encyclical against modernism Pascendi dominici gregis on this date in 1907. Besides the encyclical Rerum orientalium on this date in 1928 A.D. by Pope Pius XI, his successor Pope Pius XII ushered three on September 8th, his 23rd in 1951, his 40th in 1954 with Fulgens corona marking the centenary of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the proclamation of a Marian Year, and his 40th in 1957 Miranda prorsus which dealt with the growing medium of the audio-visual technology. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe Double Side of Sympathy

   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".

    "What has happened to that double side of sympathy which is the basis of the Christian philosophy of life; 'Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep?' It has been said that the wounded deer sheds tears, but it belongs to man to weep with those who weep and by sympathy to divide another's sorrows and double another's joy."
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 August Message and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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Birth of the
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Feast of
Saint Peter Claver
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in Ordinary Time
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Feast of Saint
John Chrysostom
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