OF THE WEEKEND
This weekend we celebrate the feast of a great Pope on Friday, commemorating Pope Saint Pius X and on Saturday the glorious Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was assigned to this day as a result of the encyclical Lumen Gentium composed chiefly by Pope John Paul II during the pontificate of Pope Paul VI. Sunday is the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday we kick off the week by celebrating the Feast of the Apostle Saint Bartholomew. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes of the above feasts, click on LITURGY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Queenship of Mary, we present the beautiful Regina Coeli Prayer - or "Hail, Holy Queen" said following every Rosary. Like the Memorare, this prayer carries an indulgence as well, but it is for five years as opposed to three:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
TEN FILMS LAST WEEK
A General Malaise in late summer: No competition again for the Private!
Continuing with our summer replacement to keep everyone abreast of the proper entertainment to take in, we present this week's top ten movies from a Catholic perspective including our take and the official review by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The critically-acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" continues to dominate the movie charts finishing first for the fourth consecutive week. Unlike the search for the Army Private in the movie which was grueling, the box-office journey has been a cake-walk considering the total lack of competition from other films. Even with a month under its belt, this movie held strong, but who wouldn't against such dogs as "How Stella got her groove back" and "There's something about Mary", or the disappointing lightweight adventures "The Avengers" and "Snake Eyes"? Click on MOVIES & MORALS: TOP TEN MOVIES
- First installment of the Holy Father's newest Apostolic Letter to the Bishops Apostolos Suos in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART
August 24th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
LITURGY OF THE DAY featuring the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Tuesday the Twenty-First Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Feast of the Crusading King of France Saint Louis IX
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Catholic World News Service
Kenya's Archbishop calls for reconciliation and restitution, but not revenge
Thousands gathered in Nairobi to pay their respects to the hundreds who were killed and thousands injured in the senseless boming of the U.S. Embassy last week. One of the speakers was Archbishop Raphael Ndingi a'Nzeki of Nairobi who called for reconciliation, while insisting restitution must be made, but not by revenge. A solidarity of religious and political leaders vowed to stand together despite efforts to divide the country. For more, click on Kenya
Cardinal Maida digs in for fight against culture of death
The state of Michigan is in for a fight and leading the assault against the referendum to legalize doctor-assisted suicide is the head prelate of the state - Detroit's Cardinal Adam Maida who has strongly urged his priests and flock to oppose this culture of death measure vociferously. A spokesman for the opposition played down the Cardinal's influence by saying Catholics would make up their own mind. Maybe modernist "Catholics" might, but anyone who is loyal to the Magisterium knows the only way to vote is to uphold the Culture of Life and soundly defeat the measure on the ballot in November. For more, click on Cardinal digs in
Sandinistas ignore will of the people regarding Catholic curriculum in state schools
Despite the urging of the Minister of Education to include the Catholic Catechism in the state school system's curriculum and the overwhelming support of 83% of Nicaraguan parents, the Sandinista-led congress nixed the idea prompting the Secretary of Education to strongly rebuke their actions, crying foul that their veto denies parents their rights as outlined by law. For more, click on Nicaragua.
Jersey Judge strikes down effort to manipulate Catholic school
A Buddhist freshman at St. John Vianney High School in New Brunswick, New Jersey had sought to upset the apple cart by demanding she did not have to have vaccinations because of her religion. The judge shot that down but the underlying problem lies in the philosophy of Catholic faculties and bishops over the past thirty years to open up their schools to all creeds because that brings the most money - high tuition that rich parents can afford. However, maybe it's time to return to the days when Catholic education was for Catholics regardless whether parents could afford the stiff fees or not and offer a unique approach to the Catholic schools curriculum: teach the tenets of Catholicism in all areas to produce solid, Catholic leaders. For more, click on Catholic Schools.
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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
There is a world of difference between our first president and our last! One could not tell a lie, the latter cannot tell the truth!|
In the following three articles we focus on the great lie that has been foisted on our nation and the repercussions from this lack of respect for the Commandments of God. First, in this weekend's editorial we point out how the constant lies have tainted the very fabric of society and dulled us to the clever, cunning wiles of the evil one. It's time to wake up before it's too late. For the editorial titled We're going to have hell to pay...and that's no lie!, click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
A flat symphony is void of a melody in Heaven if we do not constantly tune our hearts and souls to be sharp
A dull conscience has dulled our collective consciences to what's right and wrong!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto tweaks our collective consciences to return to the scruples of yesteryear and wake up to what Jesus and His Church teach and abide by those teachings. There is no room anywhere for a lax conscience or will be conscious of the consequences. For Sister's column, His conscience is his guide , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
In this weekend's issue the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart speaks from her heart on the state of our country today, especially in the aftermath of the fiasco sexual exploits of Bill Clinton and the reactions by those who choose to look the other way - similar to the tale of the king who isn't wearing any clothes. Whether the president was or wasn't, we cannot sit idly by and allow this kind of behavior to scandalize our children or our symphony of suffering will be merely a hollow suffering with no merit in Heaven. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Events this weekend in Church History
For time capsule events that happened in Church history on August 21st through August 23rd, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The evildoer is an abomination to the just, and he who walks uprightly is an abomination to the wicked." Proverbs 29: 27
497 - 496 - 495 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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