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volume 11, no. 263
December 16, 2000
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    Today is the First Day of Las Posadas ("The Inn") Christmas Novena. It begins on the 4th day of Las Posadas, a Mexican tradition that originated in the 16th century in order to act out the birth of Jesus and the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in search of a shelter so the Messiah could be brought into this world to save all mankind. This is a nine-day Novena journey leading up to Christmas. This Christmas Antiphon Novena is the earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has on record. It commemorates the nine months during which the Christ-child was carried in the womb of His Mother and coincides with the 16th century Mexican tradition of Las Posadas. This Christmas Novena carries an Indulgence of 7 years once on any day as taken from the "Blessed Be God" Prayer Book, 1959.
       O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears.

"...now they are no longer two, but one flesh" Matthew 19: 6
    The couples' love expands ever outward in a ripple effect of cherishing the Sanctity of LifeThe true cycle of life begins in the heart of the couple as one with God and then ripples outward in an ever-expanding circle of love that encompasses all through example, persistence and obedience to God's Holy Will in cherishing the Sanctity of Life.

    The more hearts who are warmed in the oneness with God in their Conjugal Love, the more hearts will be touched in this neverending cycle that extends to all God's children.
    The Keys to Reestablishing the Sanctity of Life through the Charism of Conjugal Love
    Cyndi CainMichael Cain   After introducing this special series on the weekend of the special Jubilee of Families held October 13-14 in Rome, we continue today with the eighth lesson Beginning Life as One in which we give an overview of what is needed to reestablish the Sanctity of Life in the hearts of all and where it begins. It begins with a total commitment by husband and wife to each other and to God. In this Trilogy, they go forward beginning as a drop of water - a drop of love that includes God's abundant Love and this undeniable love linking Finite and infinite begins to ripple outward in an ever-extending circle of love that touches all beginning with the immediate family unit - the couple, then the children, then relatives, then parish community, then civic community, city, state, country and ultimately the globe in reaching many of God's children within His universal Church and outside of it. There are no boundaries to this love and its positive effects on all transcend cultures. They transcend water and earth with an ideology that is in perfect harmony with God's Will for His people. This sensitive and enlightening series is co-written by Michael and Cyndi Cain, who share what the Holy Spirit has inspired them to write including intimate, chasteful revelations of their own lives that have helped elevate their Conjugal Love. The entire concept unlocks the keys to reestablishing the Sanctity of Life through the Charism of Conjugal Love and, through one couple at a time, like a ripple that extends ever outward, we can change the world and eradicate the culture of death. This series will run in each Saturday issue. For the eighth lesson, see AT ONE WITH GOD series on Conjugal Love

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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

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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.

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: Sirach 48: 1-4, 9-11
    Psalms: Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 17: 10-13
Advent Daily Novena Prayer for Saturday in the Second Week of Advent

        Heavenly angels and saints, you look down upon us in our earthly journey, this place of sorrow, and recognize what we are still striving to see - the Divinity of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. We beseech you to help us to raise our hearts to Heaven, where they might be touched by Divine Love. Then, aflame with love, may we work ceaselessly to prepare not only our own hearts, but our whole world to proclaim Jesus as King and Messiah.

      For today's Advent liturgy and tomorrow's Liturgy for the Third Sunday of Advent - "GAUDETE" SUNDAY, see DAILY LITURGY
Taken from the Gospel for Saturday's Mass

"But I say to you that Elias has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hands."

Matthew 17: 11-12

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope John VIII

       Today is the 1, 118th anniversary of the death of Pope John VIII,the 107th successor of Peter. Elected on December 13th, 772 his pontificate lasted one decade and three days. His greatest contribution to the Church was in defending Rome against the attack of the Saracens as the followers of Muhammed launched an all out assault on Rome at Terracina. However when the Arabs remounted an attack farther in the south, the concordance John had with Charles the Gross, whom the Pope had coronated, fell through because Charles renegged, breaking his promise. The consequences were such that the infidel captured many territories and hostages and John was forced to pay huge ransoms to protect the people. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWe can temper the stove within

       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".

      "Either what is outside makes our moods, or our moods determine our outlook on what is outside us. The pot that over-boils can boil over the temper, or the temper can see the pot over-boil and not get mad. Continuing that figure, it may be said that there are some people who in a quarrel love to keep the 'pot boiling.'"
    The Gospa's message for November Monthly Medjugorje Message for November

      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 the November 25th Message and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    1 FRIDAY     no. 262
    December 15
    Weekday in the Second
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    2 SATURDAY     no. 263
    December 16
    Weekday in the Second
    Week of Advent
    3 SUNDAY     no. 264
    December 17

    4 MONDAY     no. 265
    December 18
    Weekday in the Third
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    5 TUESDAY     no. 266
    December 19
    Weekday in the Third
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    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 267
    December 20
    Weekday in the Third
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    7 THURSDAY     no. 268
    December 21
    Weekday in Advent
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