BURNING BIBLES  Rioters in Portland threw Bibles and an American flag into a fire outside of the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. The burning of the Bibles was caught on video and shared on social media, causing a backlash. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, said of the rioters: “This is who they are.”  READ
PORTLAND CRIME  Karla Fox, a Trump-loving grandma, positively identified a person who threw a makeshift bomb at a Portland courthouse. It was her own grandson, 18-year-old Gabriel Agard-Berryhill. “I bought the vest for him after he found one online after getting hit with rubber bullets the night before at the protest,” Fox said.  READ
CHINESE SPYING  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that Chinese software companies are “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.” Pompeo's warning comes as President Trump warned that the government might shut down the video sharing app TikTok. There's bipartisan support for shutting it down. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said: “I have urged that TikTok be closed down in America.”  READ
COVID AID BILL  The White House is not optimistic about a short-term coronavirus deal with congressional Democrats. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said the Trump administration is not going to renew the $600 weekly unemployment bonus again. "Unemployment is supposed to be wage replacement, so it should be tied to some percentage of wages," he said. "The fact that we had a flat number was only an issue of an emergency where we had 30-year-old computer systems."  READ 
QUARANTINE EXCEPTIONS?  The mayor of Washington, D.C., issued an order on July 24 requiring residents who travel to “high-risk” areas must self-quarantine for 14 days. Despite this, District Mayor Muriel Bowser exempted all the political leaders who attended John Lewis' funeral in Atlanta. Bowser Press Secretary Susana Castillo said: "Government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.”  READ
QUOTE OF THE WEEK  “The same public officials who tell us to keep our kids at home; who tell us to not pray in church, as we have always prayed; who limit our places of work and livelihood look the other way, often with approval, as hooligans tear apart our cities. Greater demands from government should mean increasing respect for the law. But we’re seeing the opposite: government making more demands while disrespect for the law increases across the nation.” — Star Parker  READ
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS  Bishops and school superintendents are united on the importance of in-person education for the upcoming fall term. "Our kids are loved every day, they're in a community, they're in a faith community, they're celebrating the sacraments — I think our kids need that environment. Our kids need to go back to school,” said Chris Pastura, superintendent of schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL. "COVID is not the only dangerous thing in our society. Lack of community, loneliness, and all those kinds of things affect kids. And I think it's important for our kids to be back in school."  READ
CATHOLIC 101  Should we name guardian angels? Msgr. Charles Pope says no. He cites the 2001 document from the Congregation on Divine Worship, which states the practice of naming guardian angels “should be discouraged.” Msgr. Pope writes: “Assigning a name indicates some superiority over the one named. Thus in the case of children, parents, who are superior over their children, rightly name them. However, in the case of angels, they are superior to us. And, even though we often speak of them as serving us, they do this on account of their superior power and as guardians.”  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Peter Julian Eymard began his priestly life in the Diocese of Grenoble, France. His faith journey led him to the Marists and finally to founding the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Saint Peter had a deep devotion to Christ in the Eucharist, and his community members alternated between active ministry and contemplation of the Blessed Sacrament. He also co-founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament for women.  READ
DAILY READINGS  "Lord, teach me your statutes.” (Psalm 119:29)  READ
DEVOTED  On Saturday, the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre celebrated 135 years of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre in Paris. “The adoration hasn’t stopped even for a minute, including during the two world wars,” Sister Cécile-Marie said.  SHARE
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