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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

The Commandments of God

In the Old Testament, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God in two tablets. Later in New Testament, Jesus Himself explained these Commandments clearly; stating that there are two great commandments of God first, is to Love the Lord your God with whole heart and soul and second to love your neighbors as you love yourself. If we will notice in some churches there are two tablets where the Ten Commandments are written (replica of the two tablets during the time of Moses). On the first tablet are the Three Commandments about God and then on the second tablet are the remaining Seven Commandments on how to honor and respect our neighbors.


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS GIVEN TO MOSES:

These are the commandments which God gave to man to guide him to happiness in this life and in the next:


I. I AM THE LORD THY GOD; THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.
Commands: faith, hope,love, and worship of God; reverence for holy things; prayer. Forbids: idolatry, superstition, spiritism, tempting God, sacrilege, attendance at false worship.


II. THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.
Commands; reverence in speaking about God and holy things; the keeping of oaths and vows. Forbids; blasphemy, the irreverent use of God’s name, speaking disrespectfully of holy things, false oaths, and the breaking of vows.


III. REMEMBER THOU KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH DAY.
Commands: going to Church on Sundays and holy days. Forbids: missing church through one’s own fault; unnecessary servile work; public buying and selling; court trials.


IV. HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER
Commands: love, respect, obedience on the part of children; care on the part of parents for the spiritual and temporal welfare of their children; obedience to civil and religious superiors. Forbids; hatred of parents and superiors; disrespect, disobedience.


V. THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
Commands: safeguarding of one’s own life and bodily welfare and that of others. Forbids: unjust killing, suicide, abortion, sterilization, dueling, endangering life and limb of self or others.


VI. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
Commands: chastity in word, and deed. Forbids: obscene speech; impure actions alone or with others.


VII. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.
Commands: respect for the property of others and rights of thers, the paying of just debts; paying just wages to employees, integrity in public officials. Forbids: theft, damage to the property of others; not paying just debts, not returning found or borrowed articles; giving unjust measure or weight in selling; not paying just wages, bribery; graft; cheating; fraud; accepting stolen property; not giving an honest day’s work for wages received; violation of contract.


VIII. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBORS WIFE.
Commands: truthfulness, respect for the good name of others; the observance of secrecy when required. Forbids: lying, injury to the good name of others, slander, talebearing, rash judgement, contemptuous speech, and the violation of secrecy.


IX. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S WIFE.
Commands: purity in thought. Forbids: willful impure thoughts and desires.


X.THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBORS GOODS.
Commands: respect for the rights of others. Forbids: the desire to take, to keep, or to damage the property of others.

The Great Commandments explained by Jesus

1. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.
2. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:


2067 The Ten Commandments state what is required in the love of God and love of neighbor. The first three concern love of God, and the other seven love of neighbor.


2072 Since they express man's fundamental duties towards God and towards his neighbor, the Ten Commandments reveal, in their primordial content, grave obligations. They are fundamentally immutable, and they oblige always and everywhere. No one can dispense from them. The Ten Commandments are engraved by God in the human heart.


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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

AUGUST 1
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

St. Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1732. Read More »

AUGUST 2
ST. EUSEBIUS

St. Eusebius was born on the island of Sardinia, Italy, around 283. Read More »

AUGUST 3
ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

St. Peter Julian Eymard was born in a small town in the diocese of Grenoble, France in 1786. Read More »

AUGUST 4
BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

Blessed Frederic Janssoone was born in Flanders in 1838. Read More »

AUGUST 5
DEDICATION OF ST. MARY MAJOR

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AUGUST 6
THE TRANSFIGURATION

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AUGUST 7
ST. CAJETAN

St. Cajetan was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1480, the son of a count. Read More »

AUGUST 8
ST. DOMINIC

St. Dominic was born in Castile, Spain, in 1170. Read More »

AUGUST 9
BLESSED JOHN OF RIETI

Blessed John lived in the first half of the fourteenth century. Read More »

AUGUST 10
ST. LAWRENCE

St. Lawrence, the famous martyr of Rome, lived in the third century. Read More »

AUGUST 11
ST. CLARE

St. Clare was born around 1193 in Assisi, Italy. She lived at the time of St. Francis of Assisi.Read More »

AUGUST 14
ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Raymond Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. Read More »

AUGUST 15
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

This feast of Mary celebrates a special privilege of Mary, our Mother.Read More »

AUGUST 16
ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

St. Stephen was born around 969 in Hungary. This saint's name.. Read More »

AUGUST 17
BLESSED JOAN DELANOUE

St. Joan Delanoue was born in 1666. Her family had a small but..Read More »

AUGUST 18
ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL

St. Jane was born in Dijon, France, in 1572.Read More »

AUGUST 19
ST. JOHN EUDES

St. John Eudes was born in Normandy, France, in 1601.Read More »

AUGUST 20
ST. BERNARD

St. Bernard was born in 1090 in Dijon, France.Read More »

AUGUST 21
ST. PIUS X

St. Pius X, the great pope, was named Joseph Sarto. He was born in 1835, the son of a mailman in Riese.. Read More »

AUGUST 23
ST. ROSE OF LIMA

St. Rose, the South American saint, was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586.Read More »

AUGUST 24
ST. BARTHOLOMEW

"Bartholomew" was one of the first followers of Jesus.Read More »

AUGUST 25
ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE

St. Louis was born on April 25, 1214. His father was King Louis VIII of France and his mother was Queen..Read More »

AUGUST 25
ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ

St. Joseph was born in 1556, in his father's castle in Spain. He went to college and became a lawyer.Read More »

AUGUST 26
ST. ELIZABETH BICHIER

St. Elizabeth was born in 1773. As a little girl, her favorite game was building castles in the sand. Read More »

AUGUST 27
ST. MONICA

St. Monica, the famous mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332 in Tagaste, northern Africa. Read More »

AUGUST 28
ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine was born in Tagaste in modern Algeria on November 13, 354. This famous son of St. Monica spent many years in wicked living and in..Read More »

AUGUST 29
BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

St. John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus. His mother was St. Elizabeth and his father was Zechariah. Read More »

AUGUST 30
ST. PAMMACHIUS

"St. Pammachius was a distinguished Christian layman who lived in the fourth century.Read More »

AUGUST 31
ST. AIDAN

St. Aidan was a seventh-century Irish monk. He lived at the great monastery of Iona, which St. Columban had founded.Read More »

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