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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today, the Twenty-First Tuesday in Ordinary Time, is both the feast of that great French monarch Saint Louis IX and priest, religious founder and educator Saint Joseph Calasanz, while tomorrow we return solely to the Mass for the Twenty-First Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Below is the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint Louis IX:
Father, You raised Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of Your Heavenly kingdom. By the help of his prayers may we come to Your eternal kingdom by our works here on earth.
Below is the Opening Prayer for today's Mass for Saint Joseph Calasanz:
Events today in Church History
Lord, You blessed Saint Joseph Calasanz with such charity and patience that he dedicated himself to the formation of Christian youth. As we honor this teacher of wisdom may we follow his example in working for truth.
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
PROVERB OF THE DAY"A man may conceal hatred under dissimulation, but his malice will be revealed in the assembly." Proverbs 26: 26
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- Thirteenth installment of THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS in this on-going series from the early chapters as part of retro summer.
- The August 25th Message from Medjugorje
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on August 26th
- Liturgy of the Day for the Twenty-First Wednesday, in Ordinary Time and Thursday, feast of Saint Monica.
- ...and much more in our 167th issue for 1998!
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for August 25th
Dear children! Today I invite you to come still closer to me through prayer. Little children, I am your mother, I love you and I desire that each of you be saved and thus be with me in Heaven. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray until your life becomes prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
A new kind of persecution: the Arian heresy rises its ugly head in the east, which necessitates great saints to combat this menace
The influence of Constantine the Great greatly contributed to the spread of Christianity throughout east and west, but with any good thing, satan is sure to do all he can to foul things up. Such was the case during the fourth century when the Arian heresy ravaged the eastern Church and threatened Rome as well. In this episode we shall see its effects in the East and the saints God rose up as well as the Popes during that time, while next week we will deal with how this heresy permeated the west and the great defense against it launched by Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine, whose feast we celebrate Friday. For the fourteenth installment titled The Fourth Century: 350-400 The Arian Threat in the East, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
The Final Lesson/Meditation: Our Lady entreats all to do whatever He tells you
In the one-hundredth and final Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, the Blessed Mother of God wraps up all the other Lesson/Meditation with the advice to live the Commandments and to do whatever her Divine Son tells us, through the Word in Sacred Scripture and through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This is the way we can persevere and not seek what others have for what God gives each individual what He deems is just. For the Lesson/Meditation titled TO PERSEVERE: KEEP THE COMMANDS AND COVET NOT , click on THE HIDDEN WAY.
Also, if you would like to read all 100 inspirational Lessons/Meditations you can now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
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Holy Father decries violence in Congo, implores peace during his Angeles Address at Castel Gandolfo
During his Sunday Angelus Address from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo in the hills above Rome, the Holy Father implored the world and the authorities responsible to stop the atrocities and violence that have ravaged the Congo, and allow the people to return to normal as God intended. He called for all to respect the Culture of Life and stop the warring that has claimed the senseless lives of so many. For more, click on Angelus Address.
Catholic Zealots continue to ignore cross boycott and plant ever more crosses at Auschwitz
Despite pleas from bishops and clergy of Poland to not plant any more controversial crosses on a plot of land where the Holy Father prayed for the countless victims of Nazi aberrations at Auschwitz in Poland, more Catholics defied the request, adding fifty more crosses to the already 100 that were previously planted on this property annexed by the Polish government which is at a stalemate, because of legal reasons, to prevent it. The recent action has further infuriated Jewish interests who are strongly opposed to any Christian symbols at Auschwitz for they maintain they have a monopoly on the deaths at the Nazi death camp. For more, click on Auschwitz.
20,000 Catholics and Protestants pray together to end senseless violence in Northern Ireland
An impressive array of Catholic and Protestants gathered together in Omagh, Northern Ireland Saturday to honor the twenty-eight citizens killed in a car-bomb a week earlier. Throughout the emerald isle all paused for a minute of silence to memorialize the dead and resolve to end the violence, including splinter groups who previously had been at odds. This tragedy has brought them together in an effort to strive for the peace accord first signed on Good Friday of this year. For more, click on Northern Ireland Memorial.
On eve of anniversary of Princess Di's death, former Anglican head criticizes those who deified her
After almost a year of frenzy in the media and public elevating Princess Diana Spencer to the status of a goddess who could do no wrong, the former head of the Anglican Church spoke out strongly in crushing the myth by asserting that the world has deified her into someone she wasn't and, in the process, England has turned into a "godless nation." Rather Lord Coggan, former Archbishop of Canterbury, criticized her loose lifestyle asserting that the divorced princess of Prince Charles, who was killed tragically in a car crash in a Paris tunnel nearly a year ago, should not be exemplified, honored or praised for her lifestyle. For more, click on Princess Di is no goddess
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