OF THE WEEKEND This weekend we celebrate the feast of a great Doctor of the Church Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, and on Saturday we commemorate the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist. Sunday is the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes of the above feasts, click on LITURGY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of that great Doctor of the Church Saint Augustine on Friday we bring you the Preface for the Mass from the Augustinian Missal:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks, and to praise You on this feast of Saint Augustine. His life was a constant quest to know You and rejoice in You, and in finding You to seek You with ever greater love. By his teaching he enlightened Your Church. Moved by love for You and by zeal for Your glory, he established communities of religious, setting before them the ideal of sharing all things in common. Tireless in proclaiming the good news of salvation by preaching and writing, he fostered unity and peace and built up the fellowship of the Church.
In honor of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, we bring you the Preface for the Mass commemorating his martyrdom:
We praise Your greatness as we honor the prophet who prepared the way before Your Son. You set John the Baptist apart from other men, marking him out with special favor. His birth brought great rejoicing: even in the womb he leaped for joy, so near was man's salvation. You chose John the Baptist from all the prophets to show the world its Redeemer, the Lamb of sacrifice. He baptized Christ, the Giver of Baptism, in waters made holy by the One Who was baptized. You found John worthy of a martyr's death, his last and greatest act of witness to Your Son.
- Second installment of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter to the Bishops Apostolos Suos in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART
August 31st in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
LITURGY OF THE DAY as we head into a week composed mostly of weekdays in Ordinary Time.
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Events this weekend in Church History
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Senseless is the man who gives his hand in pledge, who becomes surety for his neighbor." Proverbs 17: 18
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NEWS & VIEWS>with a Catholic slant
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Pope uses Wednesday's Papal Audience to lament more deaths in Congo, deplores violence as deaths mount
His Holiness John Paul II returned to the Vatican on Wednesday for his weekly Papal Audience in Paul VI Hall with a heavy heart because of the massacres in the Congo that at first were reported at 37 deaths including a priest and three nuns but since has been revised to number 100 killings. The Holy Father called for an end to this senseless violence even as the rebels dug in deeper even though the President of the Congo has expelled them. For more, click on Papal Audience
Catholic and Muslim leaders meet to ease tension and break down the walls of misunderstanding in Kenya
Ecclesial leaders from the Roman Catholic diocese of Kenya, headed by the Archbishop, and the regional Moslem sects leader and his entourage met in Nairobi in an effort to begin breaking down the walls of misunderstanding between them in an effort to unite against the violence that has ravaged their country. In a spirit of ecumenism, they agreed to preach tolerance for other faiths and discourage any kind of retaliation which have arisen because of misunderstanding. For more, click on Kenya accord
Cuban Cardinal Calls for Vocations to manifest fruits of Holy Father's visit
From one will come many. That was the gist of Cardinal Jaime Ortega's hopes and prayers for his beloved Cuba after he ordained one priest last Saturday in Havana. He is prayerful the visit of the Holy Father in January has generated a rebirth of the faith and interest in the priesthood by the plethora of young Cuban men who before the papal visit may not have given it a thought. He issued the plea for more priests to serve the ever-growing Catholic population of Cuba and fulfill the Pope's request for evangelization to this tiny island entrenched in communism for so many years under dictator Fidel Castro. For more, click on Cuba.
UN looking the other way in respect to Sudan Persecutions Christian Solidarity asserts
What good does it do to condemn human rights in a country such as the Sudan when it is not enforced? That was the question the Christian Solidarity International organization out of Switzerland posed strongly to the United Nations in criticizing the world-wide assembly for allowing persecutions in the Sudan perpetrated by rebels and Islamic interests at the expense of Christians. Without any teeth to their enforcement, the UN is useless according to the head of CSI. For more, click on Catholic Schools.
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A cantata that can't!|
We've got it all backwards because when we "wag the dog" we're backing away from God!
In this weekend's issue the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart continues to speak 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. She points out that "God" spelled backwards is "dog" and we're going to the dogs if we don't heed His laws. And everyone knows dogs can't sing a lick - ergo there is no symphony, only plenty of graceless suffering. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
The fine line between privacy and secrecy is crossed when the President violates our trust at the expense of the citizens and God and that should make all concerned cross!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues with the same trend as last week's column following up by tweaking our collective consciences as to the difference between privacy and secrecy and the intent of Bill Clinton to purposely deceive the people. One thing he forgot: he can never deceive God Who knows all. This is something we should all keep in mind in our daily lives. For Sister's column, Privacy or Secrecy? That's the Question! , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
TEN FILMS LAST WEEK
The unkindest cut of all: "Blade" slices "Saving Private Ryan" off top rung!
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. To show that the summer malaise in August releases has reached the mediocre, the inept film "Blade" - patterned after a comic-book myth - wrestled the top spot from the critically-acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" which had held on for four solid weeks as number one. The rest of the pack is mediocre at best and easily forgettable as you'll see by clicking on MOVIES & MORALS: TOP TEN MOVIES
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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