December 19, 2000

Advent Weekday

volume 11, no. 266
December 19, 2000

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    This is the Fourth 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 Nine-day Novena prepares us for and leads up to Christmas.

        O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry.

    As Christmas approaches, do we have the presence of mind to present our minds, hearts and souls to the Infant Savior? Or are we more intent on "presents for mine?"

    The latter is an attitude that permeates society today and this materialistic mindset greatly clouds the real Reason for the Season. If we miss that, then we lose out on the true celebration of Christmas, both in the time of Advent leading up to this glorious Feast and the time after, commonly called Christmastide, leading to the Epiphany.

    Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    In her twenty-second installment, Cyndi Cain puts aside the wrapping and bows to remind all that it is not the exterior trappings and glitter that should warm our hearts but what's inside; not inside the packages under the tree, but what's inside our hearts under the gift of flesh and blood that was the greatest gift God gave each of us. Christmas is a time of exchanging presents and so, keeping in mind what He gave us, it is only proper we reciprocate by sincerely extending Faith, Hope and Charity to others. This does not necessarily mean just our immediate family and friends, but those who may not understand what Christmas is all about, those who throughout the year are generally regarded by us as Scrooge, those who don't agree with our beliefs, and even those who oppose our beliefs. Jesus said it very clearly to love our enemies as well. Therefore, when we are caught in the middle of the hubbub of the holiday crush, we can exert a mild calm and patience that will rise above the cacaphony of selfishness and greed and be, like the shepherds, humble servants whose greatest responsibility was to watch out for the sheep. All God's children are part of that flock and, rather than fleecing our brothers and sisters, we can extend our love and give them hope through living our Faith to the fullest. For her column, A Christmas Carol to warm the cockles of God's Heart see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.


    First Reading: Judges 13: 2-7, 24-25
    Psalms: Psalm 71: 3-6, 16-17
    Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 5-25

Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the Third Tuesday of Advent

       Blessed Mother, the Baby stirs in your womb and you smile, knowing how near Heaven is to all the earth. You desired to share your joy with all, but kept silent, knowing the time had not yet come. Blessed Mother, through your intercession help us in these final days before the Feast of Christmas, to ponder in our hearts all of God's benevolence for us, and to proclaim proudly His Name and that we are His children in every aspect of our lives.

For today and tomorrow's Late Advent Liturgy, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Tuesday's Mass

"And the angel answered and said to him 'I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I have been sent to speak to thee and to bring thee this good news.'"

Luke 1: 19

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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

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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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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 Saint Anastasius I    Today is the 1,599th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Anastasius I, the 39th successor of the Apostle Peter. He led the Church into the fifth century, having been elected on November 27, 399. During his two year pontificate he was renowned for resolving the schism between Rome and the Church in Antioch. Anastasius strenuously defended the moral teachings of the Church, fighting the followers of immoral practices who maintained that the Divinity of God was hidden in material things. Nothing could be further from the truth and he successfully suppressed the heresy. In addition it was St. Anastasius who decreed that priests would remain standing at the Gospel during 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. SheenOur conscience guides our behavior

       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".

      "Two considerations are helpful in developing a good disposition. The first is to be mindful that a happy conscience makes a happy outlook on life, and an unhappy conscience makes us miserable on the inside and everyone else miserable on the outside. When our conscience bothers us, whether we admit it or not, we often try to justify it by correcting others, or by finding fault with them."
    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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    2 SATURDAY     no. 263
    December 16
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    December 17

    4 MONDAY     no. 265
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    December 20
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