December 4, 2000
Pope Saint Damasus I Advent Weekday
Feast of
Pope Saint Damasus I

volume 11, no. 258
December 11, 2000
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Mystery of the God-ManFrom ancient to modern times, all other gods have shown their achilles heelWith the many myths of so many varied, but fallible gods throughout the history of civilization, none can match the Alpha and the Omega Mystery of the One True God-Man born in a humble Bethlehem stable 2000 years ago.

Through the Word made flesh the gods of ancient Greece and Rome, of Viking and Celtic lore, of every civilization who fashioned their own gods - all have been swept into oblivion by the all-omniscient infinite Triune God - Creator of Heaven and earth for He alone conquered death.
    The Alpha-Omega Triune Divinity   In this issue Pat Ludwa cites the various deities of civilizations past and underscores their Achilles heel - that they were not all they were trumped up to be. He points out how the only One to pass muster as the True God was a little child born in humble beginnings in a rough manger in the hills above the mid-eastern village of Bethlehem. Attending him were not kings and queens, emperors or empresses, princes and princesses, nor dukes, counts, or anyone of political, regal or cultural stature. Rather the poorest of the pecking order - the mere shepherd was the one gifted with welcoming the Christ Child. He came not threatening others, not exhibiting an outward superiority or ennobling Himself above all others, but as a Servant to set the example for all who would follow Him with a New Covenant that is to be followed throughout the world until God determines when it is time for the consummation of the world. As we know His kingdom He established for all was not of this world and, because of that, not all have welcomed Him still. Because of that, there is still friction and unrest in the world for man is turning to the wrong places to find peace. It is not in superstition, it is not in material riches, it is not in temporal power, it is in the heart of each man and woman - the gift of God's Love that gives hope to all forever and ever. For Pat's column The Mystery of the Word made flesh vanquishes all myths see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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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

       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.

        Because the Pro-Life movement is so important to all Catholics, we are also very pleased to announce our association with PRO-LIFE COMMUNICATIONS, a telecommunications firm owned and operated by Joseph and Jane Dalton of St. Charles, Missouri. They are both devoted, staunch Catholics who have dedicated their lives to the Pro-Life cause for the sake of His little ones. We can't endorse their company and benefits enough. In addition, when you abandon AT&T, MCI, Sprint and all those others who contribute to abortion causes, you will not only be receiving better rates and people you can actually talk to rather than the ol' runaround, but for every person who signs up Pro-Life Communications will donate 100% of the net profits to help keep the DAILY CATHOLIC on line. It's a win-win-win situation that God richly blesses. It is not only a necessity to continue this ministry, but it's a necessity that every reader has the peace of mind of being with a phone company that is truly Pro-Life. We pray everyone will realize the need to make this commitment to help eradicate the culture of death.

        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.

Also we recommend the following excellent sites whose main purpose is the Sanctity of Life

Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life and People of Life and Human Life International and
American Life League and National Right to Life and Oblates of Mary Immaculate Life Issues


    First Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-10
    Psalms: Psalm 85: 9-14 and Isaiah 35: 4
    Gospel Reading: Luke 5: 17-26

Monday in the Second Week of Advent
    Advent Daily Novena Prayers for the Second Monday in Advent

         Dear guardian angels, we are mindful of your presence with us as we kneel in humble adoration before the Triune Majesty. You, who are always in the presence of Almighty God, intercede for us that we might draw deeper now into the mystery of the Incarnation. Only in this way will our faith be awakened fully and strengthened for the difficult days which lie ahead for us and for all the world.

Pope Saint Damasus IFeast of Pope Saint Damasus I
      Father, as St. Damasus loved and honored Your martyrs, so may we continue to celebrate their witness for Christ, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Pope Saint Damasus I

For today's Advent Liturgy and the Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I and tomorrow's Liturgy for the Feast of OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

"Why are you arguing in your hearts? Which is easier to say, 'Thy sins are forgiven thee,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" He said to the paralytic - "I say to thee, arise, take up thy pallet and go to thy house."

Luke 5: 22-24

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Leo X    Today is the anniversary of the birth of Giovanni de' Medici in Florence. The second son of Lorenzo of the famous de' Medici family, young Giovanni would become a cardinal deacon at the ridiculous age of only thirteen and be elected the 217th successor of Peter on March 19, 1513 taking the name Pope Leo X who, because he was so young really could not comprehend how to deal with the Protestant revolt. In addition, he was weighed down by a curia which had grown increasingly corrupt over the decades reaching its height during the pontificate of Pope Alexander VI, quite possibly the most corrupt Pope in the long and illustrious history of the Sovereign Vicars of Christ. Leo's papacy lasted eight years, ending on December 1, 1521. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenSeek and find the Truth and continue to seek

       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".

      "Over 1,500 years ago St. Augustine said 'Sic ergo quaeramus tanquam inventuri, et sic inveniamus tanquam quaesituri.' 'Seek the truth as one about to find it, and find it with the intention of always seeking it.' Those who already have a philosophy are not to rest in idle adherence, but to keep on studying to deepen the knowledge one has, or else to discover that what he thought were profound truths were mere emotional adhesions or inherited prejudices without foundation either in history or in reason."
    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 more Our Lady's message for November and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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