December 1, 2000
Devotions to the Sacred Heart on First Friday Weekday in Ordinary Time


volume 11, no. 248
December 1, 2000
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    Artwork "I Knew You" by Shannon Wirrenga, Bismarck, ND. c 1998. All rights reserved
    Artwork 'I Knew You' by Shannon Wirrenga, Bismarck, ND, c 1998. All rights reserved
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        We are grateful to the artist Shannon Wirrenga (701-255-7312) for permission to use the phenomenal and touching original painting above of Jesus smiling at a newborn babe full of life, a life that He allows. It is appropriately titled "I Knew You," taken from Jeremiah 1: 5. No entity, matter or energy can exist without God and He alone gives and takes life. Life is the most precious gift we have been given. That is why we dedicate this section to the Sanctity of Life for so few realize the treasures it holds from conception to the grave.

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        The elections are over, but the battle for life is not. We cannot give up the fight. Please continue to pray for the Sanctity of Life and pray for those pro-abort candidates who were elected that they will have a conversion of heart and recognize the evil of their ways. Remember, nothing is impossible with God. We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance murder, immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc.

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Day Two of the Special Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaims the Dogma of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Immaculate Conception    Our country is consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in these times when satan is so furiously trying to choke the life out of so many, we turn to Our Lady in supplication as Mother of Prompt Succor, pleading with her to preserve the United States and return this beloved country, founded upon God's principles that "all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with the unalienable [inalienable] rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Today all three are greatly jeopardized as so many misinterpret the pure intent of our founding fathers and God's Will for His people. They did not found our great country on majority rules which would basically be democracy, nor that rights come from the state or the federal government, but from God. Because of that there can be no separation of Church and state. For man is free to worship, to live, to be free and to seek happiness. This can only happen through God, not man. Man has a free will and therefore can choose not to, but he has no right to impose his wrongs on others. We are protected under the law of the land - the Constitution - the foundation of this country - and laws such as Roe vs. Wade are unconstitutional and therefore, cannot be recognized. In order to overturn these errors, we need to continue to pray to Our Lady who is the greatest intercessor before the Holy Trinity Thus, we continue with DAY TWO of this special nine-day Novena leading up to the glorious Solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception. It is taken from the Treasury of Novenas by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. and published by the Catholic Book Company. See NOVENA

We all need to shut out the hustle and bustle of the world now and then and quietly and totally focus on Who, what, and why the Cross!
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column this week she shares the inner peace she always finds when she takes time out of her busy schedule to recharge, tuning out the world and focusing totally on Jesus and what He is asking through His Holy Spirit. She points out that a personal retreat is so important in keeping us on track and focused on the narrow road that leads to eternal salvation. With all the distractions of the world swirling about us and the daily traffic of congestion, cacaphony and callowness speeding by, we need to apply the brakes and find that quiet turnoff from the major highway of the fast-lane of materialism and take the winding but true road up the steep incline of Calvary where we can be assured we will not get stuck in gridlock. There, we can join the Blessed and Sorrowful Mother at the foot of the Cross and refocus our energies, goals and heart to the true purpose of our lives. He waits for us on the Cross and in the Tabernacle and in the silence of our hearts away from the maddening crowd. For her column, entitled A Respite - My Retreat see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


First Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 20: 1-4, 11-15; 21: 1-2
Psalms: Psalm 84: 3-6, 8
Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 29-33

    For today and tomorrow's Weekday in Ordinary Time for the final two days of the Church Year and tomorrow's Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, see DAILY LITURGY
Taken from the Gospel for Friday's Mass

"Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all things have been accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."

Luke 21: 32-33

Events that happened Today in Church History

      83rd Anniversary of the Founding of Boys Town in Omaha by Father Edward Flanagan     Today is the 83rd anniversary of the founding of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917, the same year as the Fatima Apparitions. He was basically penny-poor, but possessed a heart of gold that motivated many other hearts to give and to help him open the doors two weeks later to the first boys. Today it is a city unto itself with Father Val Peter as executive director of this sprawling megaplex that today, not only includes girls, but officially changed its name recently to "Girls and Boys Town." For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenAll gifts come from God

   They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "By the Divine standard, true greatness is indicated neither by the possession of great abilities nor the buzz of popular applause. Any talent a person has, such as a talent for singing, speaking, or writing, is a gift of God. He has done nothing more to merit it than a child with a beautiful face. 'If then, you have received it, why do you boast as if it were yours alone?' (1 Corinthians 4: 7). The richer the gifts, the greater the responsibilities on the day of Judgment.

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    The Gospa's message for November Monthly Medjugorje Message for November 2000

      NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit. For Our Lady's message for November and more on Medjugorje including the Eulogy on Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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