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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Feast of Saint Augustine, esteemed Doctor of the Church, we present a special prayer from My Daily Prayer:
Give ear to our supplications, Almighty God; and at the intercession of Blessed Augustine, Thy Confessor and Bishop, bestow upon us, who hope and trust in Thee, Thy loving kindness, the fruit of Thine unfailing mercy. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Top Ten Films
Audiences sense "The Sixth Sense" is worth seeing. But then what else is there for film aficianodos!
for the third week of August
As an indication that this has been a down summer for quality films one would only have to point to the top ten movies this week to see the mediocrity that seems to be permeating Hollywood these days. For the third straight week Bruce Willis' weak vehicle "The Sixth Sense" held the top rung when in past summers it might have been lucky to even break the top ten compared to past fare offered. Maybe that's why, with all these celluloid dogs, they call these days the "dog days" of summer! As we near the time we wrap up the regular summer top ten, we doubt it will be missed because if you're smart, you've been passing on most of the movies foisted on the public this year. For the Top Ten reviews for the third week of August prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of
thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
Events this weekend in Church History
On Sunday we commemorate the death 1969 years ago of Saint John the Baptist who was beheaded at the order of Herod, seduced by the dance of Salome. It was the Baptist who prepared the way of the Lord for the Messiah Jesus Christ and also His cousin, the son of Elizabeth and the one who lept in the womb when he recognized the Christ Child in Mary's womb at the Visitation. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
In this weekend's editorial, we highlight the need to know more about our Faith. Too many expect a magic wand where they'll know the Faith without studying it. Like the phenomenally popular game show Who wants to be a Millionaire?, they expect to win or be gifted with a flood of good fortune in temporal rewards while failing to comprehend the greatest fortune they can amass is knowledge of their Faith. By knowing and practicing the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith we've been gifted with at Baptism, we are all winners. We don't have to call a phone number to qualify and go through elimination rounds. Rather we can be assured of a spot in the winner's circle if we comply with Jesus' request to "Take up your cross and follow Me.". For the editorial, Who wants to be a follower of Christ?, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
To love God is to know Him!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto asks how well do we know God? She brings to the readers' attention that it isn't hard to get to know God, but for many it's harder to keep knowing Him mainly because of our lazy, complacent natures and the lure of the world. These things prevent us from committing totally to the Love of our lives and without total commitment its very difficult to love that person, whether it be a fellow human or our Almighty Creator. But God has given us the tools to know Him thoroughly. We just need to use those aids comprised in the great Deposit of Faith which He has gifted us with as Sister explains. . For her column this weekend, How do I know if I love God?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend we commemorate the Feast of Saint Monica on Friday, and the Feast of her son Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, on Saturday while Sunday is the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY
Hope springs eternal in Cuba because of the efforts of Cardinal Jamie Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the island's first cardinal since 1959
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninetieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Jamie Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the reigning Archbishop of Havana, Cuba who played a significant role in convincing Fidel Castro to lighten up and allow the Holy Father to make his historic Papal Visit to Cuba in January 1998. He became the first Cuban cardinal since 1959 when he received his red-hat in the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Jamie Ortega, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are available!
With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS
Don't always make assumptions by the cover
They say a picture is worth 1000 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".
"Each of us is really an open book, but some who know us do not read the book well. We speak with great sympathy of those who understand us or who read us aright, and with some diffidence of those who do not understand."
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Pope's Jubilee Journey to begin in Iraq in early December
Though the Holy See has not made it official yet, indications point to December 2-3 as the date for Pope John Paul II to begin his historic Jubilee Journey that will begin in Iraq. Appropriately, on the feast of Saint Francis Xavier, that great Jesuit missionary to the Orient, the Holy Father will walk in the footsteps of the first missionary - Abraham at Ur in Chaldea, northeast of Bagdahd where the Pope will arrive the day before. Despite U.S. objections, the Vicar of Christ sees a need to go to the people of Iraq to commiserate with them. It is highly doubtful he will meet with Saddam Hussein. For more, click on Jubilee Journey
Catholics and Orthodox Christians on the same page in uniting behind people of Serbia
The Vatican's compassion for the people of Serbia and the Pope's calling for human dignity for all in helping bring about a peaceful conclusion in Kosovo and stop the allied bombing has endeared him and Catholics to the Orthodox Church in Serbia and its followers. Most are in agreement Milosevic Slobodan must go in order for peace and reconciliation to be attained in Serbia and allow all faiths to coexist in peace. For more, click on Alliance in Serbia.
Essence of Mother Teresa depicted in 100 various photos at exhibition in Italy
A Catholic organization in Italy is holding an international exhibition in Rimini, Italy displaying 100 photographs of the late and beloved Mother Teresa depicting all the emotions of her life among the poorest of the poor as portrayed in photos by a Japanese photographer authorized by Mother herself. The exhibit follows with the theme chosen by the Communion and Liberation organization - "Mother Teresa: Unbounded Love." The exhibition, tied in with meetings of the group, is being held through Saturday. For more, click on Mother Teresa exhibit.
New Auxiliary consecrated for Detroit Archdiocese by Cardinal Maida
During installation of the new auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Bishop Leonard Blair, the Archbishop of Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida urged all in attendance to uphold the Sanctity of Life and human dignity through social justice throughout Michigan in the faithfuls' fight against the growing culture of death. For more, click on Detroit Auxiliary.
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