DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 14, 2000
Saint John of the Cross Feast of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

THURSDAY
volume 11, no. 261
December 14, 2000
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    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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Appreciation for the Fifth Commandment of God
    Thou shalt not kill

    Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith as explained in My Catholic Faith. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our moral code set down by God and the Fifth Commandment - "Thou shalt not kill" is very emphatic that no man has the right to take the life of another, a life given by God. From the time Cain killed his brother Abel to the time Moses was given the stone decalogue on Sinai to today, December 14th, 2000 murder has not only been a mortal sin punishable by eternal damnation, but God has clearly pointed out His Divine Will through the Word and His Holy Church the grave wrongs in taking another's life, especially the innocent in the horrible holocaust of abortion. We are accountable for God when we play God by usurping His authority and rights. We do this when we violate the Fifth Commandment, altering His Holy Will. For the 209th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


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    THURSDAY'S LITURGY:

      First Reading: Isaiah 41: 13-20
      Psalms: Psalm 145: 1, 8-13
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 11: 11-15
    Feast of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

       O God, Who didst endow Holy John, Thy Confessor and Doctor, with a wonderful love of self-denial and of the Cross; grant that by ever following his example we may attain eternal glory. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
      Taken from the Prayer of St. John of the Cross in My Daily Prayer Book for today's Mass

    For today's Feast of Saint John of the Cross and tomorrow's Advent Weekday Liturgy, see DAILY LITURGY

    The DAILY WORD
    Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass

    "But from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven has been enduring violent assault, and the violent have been seizing it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elias who was to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

    Matthew 11: 12-15
    Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the Second Thursday of Advent

          Blessed Mother, in all your daily work you never lost sight of the privilege which was yours. You know how easily we are distracted, and how weak is our faith. Through your intercession, we humbly ask that in this season of Advent we will no longer be weak, nor lukewarm in our faith. By your intercession may we put forth all our effort to enkindle in our hearts the love of your Divine Son Jesus Christ, which you bore Him throughout your life.

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Hadrian II   Today is a unique anniversary in the long and illustrious history of the Sovereign Pontiffs. On this date in 867 Pope Hadrian II or Adrian became the 106th successor of Peter. His pontificate would last exactly five years for it was also on this date in 872 that he passed away at the age of 80. He is remembered both as the first Pope to coronate an English monarch, the Pontiff who convened the 8th Ecumenical Council in Constantinople which ended the Greek Schism, and the last Supreme Pontiff to come from the married state. He had been a married deacon and, in those days, the Church permitted him to be ordained if he had already been wed. Thus he joined Saint Peter, the first married man to be Pope, as the last married man to be Pope. For time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenTrue tolerance extends love and patience

       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".

      "There can be another form of tolerance which is right, such as one inspired by true charity or love of God. Even though the virtuous may hold absolutely to their philosophy of life, they do so, not because they look down on the views of others as not as good as their own, but because their own beliefs are so real to them that they would not have anyone else hold them with less reason, less love and less devotion."
    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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    December 8
    IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
    2 SATURDAY     no. 256
    December 9
    Weekday/ Feast of
    Blessed Juan Diego

    3 SUNDAY     no. 257
    December 10
    SECOND SUNDAY
    OF ADVENT

    4 MONDAY     no. 258
    December 11
    Advent Weekday/
    Pope Saint Damusus I
    5 TUESDAY     no. 259
    December 12
    Feast of
    Our Lady of Guadalupe

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 260
    December 13
    Feast of the Martyr
    St. Lucy, Virgin
    7 THURSDAY     no. 261
    December 14
    St. John of the Cross
    Doctor of the Church

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