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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today we all have the opportunity to restore reverence to the name "Monica" which has taken quite a beating lately due to rather prurient deeds by another one with that moniker who has badly demeaned the beautiful name of Monica, taken from the saint we honor today: the feast of Saint Monica, devoted and persistent mother of Saint Augustine whose feast we celebrate tomorrow in honoring one of the great Doctors of the Church. We can't help but believe that Saint Monica continues to pray for all those who have yet to find the truth, to see the Light. We, too, need to join her in this crusade of prayer for others. For the liturgy, readings and meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is the Preface for the Mass in honor of Saint Monica taken from the Augustinian Missal:
It is especially fitting for us on the feast of the saintly mother Monica to praise You for Your gifts. Reborn in Christ, she lived in such a way that her faith and her conduct were praise to Your name and she felt Your presence in her heart. She entrusted her husband to You and she nurtured her children spiritually, being in labor again as often as she saw them stray from You. And because of her daily heartfelt tears, You granted that her son Augustine should not be lost.
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- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on August 28th through August 30th
- LITURGY for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time including the feasts of Saint Augustine, and the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist
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"By their fruits you shall know them." |
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 eighth installment in which we discuss the parallels of the parable of the sower and how it applies within the Church today in many facets, delving into the new-age threats that have infiltrated the sanctuary and how Jesus will fulfill all He has spoken in Sacred Scripture including separating the wheat from the chaff. For the eighth installment entitled Sowing the fruits of our labors , click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
The Hour of Justice is coming! Our Lady invites all to take refuge in the Font of Divine Mercy while they still canwith a Catholic slant
provided by Catholic World News Service
That is the essence of the Blessed Mother Mary's words in her 179th and 180th messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady urges her children to take advantage of this wonderful invitation to seek Divine Mercy and pray for others to do the same while evangelizing through spreading the truth of her Divine Son Jesus. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
Surgeon who saved Pope's life succumbs to Protate Cancer
The physician who was personally responsible for surgically saving the life of Pope John Paul II gave up his life to protate cancer at the age of 67. It was a personal blow to His Holiness who had placed his life in the hands of his personal surgeon Professor Francesco Crucitti numerous times, most notably after he had been shot in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981. The Pope paid a personal, private visit to the family and ordered Cardinal Sodano to say Mass for his friend. For more, click on Pope's personal surgeon.
Now its a question of obedience as Bishops call for permanent removal of all temporary crosses at Auschwitz
After weeks of back and forth quibbling over the removal of temporary crosses placed on the same plot of land the Pope officially prayed at when he visited Auschwitz, the Polish Bishops have decided it is time to soothe everyone's feelings and tensions by requesting zealous Catholics to remove the more than 150 crosses planted there to honor their fallen comrades at the hands of the Nazi aberrations. Due to the sensitivity of the situation with governments and Jewish authorities, the bishops recommended the diocese remove all the crosses except the one erected fosr the Pope's visit since that is permanent. Some of the stubborn Catholic planters are resisting, but should realize that obedience to the Magisterium is the only course of action and will bear the greatest fruit. For more, click on Auschwitz.
Vatican kept in dark surrounding Naples Cardinal's investigation, brings to light violations against State in dealings with the Church.
The Vatican lambasted Italian law authorities for their intimidation and treatment of the Cardinal of Venice Cardinal Michele Giordono who was arrested for suspicion of racketeering because his brother is involved. The Holy See pointed out the problems of their being kept in the dark and phone tapping as a violation of security and a problem in the separation of Church and State for the latter does not respect the status and sensitivity of ecclesial matters by their apparent disregard for the Cardinal's privacy, singling him out for investigation and harassment. For more, click on Cardinal of Naples .
Poll reveals majority of Americans favor prayer in schools and school vouchers
More and more Americans favor returning prayer to the public school system as well as Congress passing a school voucher bill allowing tax assistance for sending their children to private schools, the majority of which are Catholic institutions both primary and secondary. The results were revealed in a recent poll that showed a strong trend toward some kind of financial aid to parents who are dissatisfied with the public school system that has deteriorated badly over the last few decades. Many point to the problems stemming from when prayer was banned in schools and the Roe vs. Wade decision. For more, click on Poll.
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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.
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Events today in Church History
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"When one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination." Proverbs 28: 9