December 15, 2000
Advent Weekday
volume 11, no. 262
December 15, 2000
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Ego te absolvo

Through Ordination the priest serves as Alter Christus for he has been given the power by Jesus Christ to forgive sins and thank God this is possible because there are plenty of sinners out there who need the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column this week she continues on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this week examining the causes and effects of the Sacrament of Penance. Therein are the fruits of the Sacrament for we discover then the "why" we commit the same sin repeatedly. Through Confession we are able to acknowledge this, isolate the causes for it, and effectively work on eradicating the weeds of sin in our soul. Just as we need baths and showers regularly to keep our bodies clean, so also we need the Sacrament of Reconciliation to keep our souls clean. It's common sense. God hasn't changed. The Sacrament hasn't changed. But we have by denying we need it that much. Father Don Stefano Gobbi remarked often while on tour in America, "So many going to communion, so few to confession." Jesus is still there waiting, and waiting, and waiting to absolve us through the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation. Pray that His priests will understand this and make it more available and necessary than a half hour on Saturday afternoons. Pray that the bishops will re-emphasize the need for Confession. Pray that the people will listen and respond. For her column, entitled Need help to make a good Confession? see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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    Artwork 'I Knew You' by Shannon Wirrenga, Bismarck, ND,  (701-255-7312) 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 48: 17-19
    Psalms: Psalm 1: 1-4, 6 and John 8: 12
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 11: 16-19

Taken from the Gospel for Saturday's Mass

"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplace, who call to their companions, and say, 'We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have sung dirges, and you have not mourned.'"

Matthew 11: 15-17

Friday in the Second Week of Advent
    Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the Second Friday of Advent

          St. Michael the Archangel, we ask you to assist us now as we draw closer to the Birth of Jesus. You, who are the guardian of God's Holy Name, and who worship so profoundly before Jesus in the Eucharist, obtain for us through your intercession a deeper devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and to reverence for God in every aspect of our lives. Keep far from us the evil one and all of his schemes, that we might embrace God at every moment until we see Him for all eternity.

    For today and tomorrow's liturgy for Advent Weekday, see DAILY LITURGY

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Saint Sergius IHe added the Agnus Dei to the Mass     Today is the 1,313th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Sergius I as the 84th in the line of the Apostle Peter. He was elevated to the Throne of Peter after two antipopes sat there. During his 14 year pontificate, he endeavored to end the schism which had surfaced in Rome, led by the schismatic Aquilea, whom Sergius successfully suppressed. He guided the Church into the 8th century, dying on September 8, 701. He is also remembered for introducing the Agnus Dei - "Lamb of God" prayer into the Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWe do have control

   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".

    " Just as there is a right and wrong theory about the sun and the earth, so there is a right and wrong theory about external circumstances. If we revolve about what happens on the outside, then the latter determines our moods and attitudes. But if we make what is external revolve around us, we can determine the amount of their influence."

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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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    December 15
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    2 SATURDAY     no. 263
    December 16
    Weekday in the Second
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