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volume 11, no. 264
December 17, 2000

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    This is the Second Day of the Las Posadas Novena, 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:

       O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!

Part of the Ceiling of St. Peter's
      "Christians are called to collaborate with the Creator in order to build on earth a 'house for man' more in keeping with his dignity and the divine plan."

His Holiness John Paul II spoke those words above in emphasizing the value of commitment in temporal realities during his most recent Wednesday General Papal Audience on the Feast of Saint Lucy.

      "For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; ... that creation itself would be set free from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God"   (Romans 8: 19, 21)

        In today's issue we bring you Pope John Paul II's address from his most recent Wednesday General Papal Audience on December 13th. In addressing 30,000 in attendance at St. Peter's Square, His Holiness expressed that "biblical revelation and the finest philosophical wisdom agree in their emphasis that humanity is, on the one hand, drawn towards the infinite and the eternal and, on the other, firmly rooted on earth within the coordinates of time and space." The Holy Father emphasized as well that "the work of creation is, in a certain sense, delegated by God to man in order that it may continue in the extraordinary feats of science and technology, ... with the aim of 'cultivating and protecting' the earth and making men and women more united." He concluded that "Christians are called to collaborate with the Creator in order to build on earth a 'house for man' more in keeping with his dignity and the divine plan." For the Holy Father's entire address provided by ZENIT.org, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS


    First Reading: Zephania 3: 14-18
    Psalms: Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6
    Second Reading: Philippians 4: 4-7
    Gospel Reading: Luke 3: 10-18
    Advent Daily Novena Prayers for Gaudete Sunday
          Today begins the third week of Advent and the birth of your Divine Son grows more imminent. Mary, our Mother, we ask you to intercede for us this day, that we might obtain from your Son the graces necessary to walk in faith here in our earthly exile, that we might one day behold Him, our God and Savior, as you were able to do when you held Him in your arms in Bethlehem. Let us rejoice with you.

    For today's liturgy for the THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT and tomorrow's liturgy for Late Advent Weekday, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"John addressed them, saying to all, 'I indeed baptize you with water. But One mightier than I is coming, the strap of Whose sandals I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Luke 3: 16

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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

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Clement VIIHenry VIIIPope Paul III    Today is the anniversary of two significant events in the Church regarding the Protestant Reformation and the repercussions that ensued. First, on this date in 1526 Pope Clement VII published his Papal Decree Cum ad zero which, in effect, set the Roman Inquisition in place in hopes of stopping the runnaway rebellion and many heresies running rampant. On this same date twelve years later, Clement's successor Pope Paul III was forced to hand the "bell, book and candle" to the monarch of England King Henry VIII even though he had once been hailed by Rome as the "Defender of the Faith." This formal excommunication inferiorated the British king and he retaliated by confiscating all Roman Catholic property in England and ordering all clerics to be subject to him rather than the Pope, thus establishing the Church of England - the Anglican Church as he took all of England with him in schism. To read more of what happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenA good day to save one's soul

       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".

      "Rainy days do make some people sad, but the author remembers saying once to a resident of Killarney: 'Too bad it's raining.' He answered: 'But it's a good day to save your soul.' Come to think about it, it may be easier to do that on rainy days than on sunny days. Our humor and disposition are not so much the reflection of the weather or the wrong side of the bed as they are the reflections of the state of our soul."
    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
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