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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the wise monk and abbot who counseled Popes and Kings and was later named a Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Saint Pius X, the holy pontiff who enabled all to receive Holy Communion by making the Holy Eucharist available to children over seven at all times. For the liturgy, readings and meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is in the beautiful, inspirational prayer composed by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the MEMORARE which carries an indulgence of three years:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
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- A timely column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
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- Another pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- THE SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on August 21st through August 23rd
- LITURGY for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time including the feasts of Saint Pius X, the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Apostle Saint Bartholomew
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Ridding the ship of the mutineers is a necessary exercise to save the rest of the crew |
As part of our summer service to readers who may not have had the opportunity to read the earliest chapters of our on-going megaseries on the Church today, we repeat the early installments bringing you the seventh installment in which we address the fact that the actions of the Holy Father have proven it is time to make a decision. He has drawn the proverbial line in the sand. Are we going to join him or be caught up in our selfish pride that we know better than the Church? From our view there is only one choice and that is loyalty with the Magisterium. The other will only end in being choked by the desert dust of despair. For the seventh installment entitled Drawing a line in the sands of time: Separating the Conspirators from those in concord with Rome, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
In feast or famine the only nourishment we will ever need is the Holy Eucharist!with a Catholic slant
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That is the essence of the Blessed Mother Mary's words in her 177th and 178th messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady urges her children not to concentrate on worldly things, not to be concerned with the pleasures of the flesh or mortal body but to look to the Passion of her Divine Son for inspiration and to rely on Him present in the Blessed Sacrament for all the refreshment they will ever need in this life. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
Holy Father turns to the world-wide web to promote evangelization
Pope John Paul II used the Solemnity of the Assumption to debut on the Vatican web site, which has been on-line for two years. This was the first time his Holiness was on live - using the occasion of his Angelus address from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. This, according to the Holy See is merely the tip of the iceberg, with plans underway to intranet with all the bishops of the world. For more, click on Internet.
Suppressed Catholic Newspaper revived in Cuba after two year absence
The fruits continue to flourish in Cuba as a result of the Holy Father's visit there in January. The latest is the re-emergence of the influential Cuban Catholic publication which had been suppressed for the past two years. It's resurgence was hailed by Cuban Catholics and clerics throughout the island, but no word from Fidel Castro who can't exactly be pleased with the feeling of freedom so many Cubans have tasted in this dictator-led country. For more, click on Cuba.
Louisiana Court cries nixes cooperation between Public and Parochial schools on grounds of Separation of Church vs. State
Louisiana Catholic schools suffered a setback when the 5th District Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a federal ruling that had been in effect in the heavily Catholic state for over three decades. The case had been brought by public school parents who objected to the parochial schools, which consisted of mostly Catholic schools, enjoying the privilege of public school facilities and amenities. For more, click on Church vs. State ruling .
Creationists outnumber evolutionists in recent study
The Scopes trial had nothing on the most recent findings by a University of Cincinnati professor of Political Science whose study reveals that America on the whole still believes strongly in the belief that we were created by God and did not evolve from the ape. He translates these results to indicate that, despite the moral corruption in America, the country remains strongly religious. For more, click on Creationism.
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for July 25th
Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with
Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's
creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the
silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This,
little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because
when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
Events today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
PROVERB OF THE DAY"A proverb in the mouth of a fool hangs limp, like crippled legs." Proverbs 26: 7