DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 20, 2000


Advent Weekday


WEDNESDAY
volume 11, no. 267
December 20, 2000

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CHRISTMAS ANTIPHON NOVENA
    This is the Fifth 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 Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

    Pro-Life Prescriptions:





Bernadette Whittaker, daughter of Lepanto 2000 Rosary Crusade organizer Teri Whittaker, holds the image of Our Lady aloft in prayer in front of U.S. Supreme Court building on December 12th - photo by Hyungwon Kang, Reuters There is much work to do for our country and Church in educating citizens on the Sanctity of Life!

    Much work lies ahead in re-educating Catholics. The mandate in the election shows there could be a double standard in the Church in the U.S. The demographic results of the Catholic vote shows that many of our priests and bishops are not up to standard. A sampling shows that sadly, many went by man's standards rather than God's standards and therein lies the problem in the Church and America today.

      President George W. Bush  In today's issue, Dr. Frank Joseph breathes a sigh of relief as he points out that the fight has just begun in the effort to save the lives of millions of innocent unborns. Yes, the Pro-Life candidate won in the closest race in history, but only through prayer did he pull it out at the last minute, by the slimmest of margins - 5-4 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Only through prayer did the Supreme Judge of all deign for George W. Bush to eke out the win. Now as Pro-Lifers and Catholics we have our work cut out for us, not in urging on the politicos, but in urging our priests and bishops to speak strongly and firmly from the pulpit. There is no room for compromise, no room for mediocrity, no room for selling out or taking the easy road. Catholics need to be re-educated in their Faith, especially in light of the pitiful results that show 50% of the Catholics voted for Al Gore, an avowed pro-abort. Had Catholics been loyal to the teachings of their Faith, Bush would have won in a landslide and all this confusion and disharmony over the past six weeks would never have happened. The pregnant dimple would still be something we would never have heard of and it would have sent a strong message that the pregnant mother and her child must be protected at all costs. Now it won't be as simple for Bush to pass pro-life initiatives as before because of the partisan pressure on him. Dr. Joseph blames Catholics, especially the shepherds in the pastors and bishops who failed to fulfill their commission, one charged to them by Christ and His Vicar on earth. For Dr. Joseph's column Where have all the good priests gone? , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!



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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
    "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born, I dedicated you."

    Jeremiah 1: 5

        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


    WEDNESDAY'S
    LITURGY
    :


    First Reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14
    Psalms: Psalm 24: 1-6
    Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 26-28

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

"And when the angel had come to her, he said, 'Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women."

Luke 1: 28
Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the Third Wednesday of Advent

        Heavenly Father, the angels trembled in anticipation of the great event which was but a few days away. You beheld your servants Joseph and Mary, and knew the difficulties they faced, and would face. Yet Your grace sheltered them, and You led them along the sure path. Help us to walk in the sure way which is always Your Way, that we may arrive at the Heavenly Bethlehem to adore the tiny Good Shepherd.

    For today and tomorrow's Late Advent Liturgy and tomorrow's Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church, see DAILY LITURGY


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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Gregory VI     Today is the 954th anniversary of the date when the German king Henry III, as the Holy Roman Emperor, forced Pope Gregory VI, the 148th successor of Peter, to abdicate his Papal Throne during these Dark Ages when secular monarchs used the Popes for their benefits. The same fate had befallen Gregory's predecessor Pope Benedict IX. Though Gregory did abdicate at the Synod of Sutri on this date, he did not go quietly, personally taking the reins of his own army to protect himself from Henry's troops and become the first Pontiff to form a Pontifical Army. He died of lukemia late in 1047 in Cologne, Germany while Henry was hearing arguments by those who were encouraging Gregory's reinstatement as Pope. For other events that happened this day in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe good conscience looks for good
       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".

    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, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    1 FRIDAY     no. 262
    December 15
    Weekday in the Second
    Week of Advent

    2 SATURDAY     no. 263
    December 16
    Weekday in the Second
    Week of Advent
    3 SUNDAY     no. 264
    December 17
    THIRD SUNDAY
    OF ADVENT

    4 MONDAY     no. 265
    December 18
    Weekday in the Third
    Week of Advent

    5 TUESDAY     no. 266
    December 19
    Weekday in the Third
    Week of Advent

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 267
    December 20
    Weekday in the Third
    Week of Advent

    7 THURSDAY     no. 268
    December 21
    Weekday in Advent
    St. Peter Canisius

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