DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 21, 2000
Advent Weekday
and the Optional
Feast of Saint Peter Canisius
Priest and Doctor of the Church
THURSDAY
volume 11, no. 268
December 21, 2000
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CHRISTMAS ANTIPHON NOVENA
    This is the Sixth 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 Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!

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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.

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American Life League and National Right to Life and Oblates of Mary Immaculate Life Issues

Appreciation for the Fifth Commandment of God
    Thou shalt not kill
      Caring for our Health and Life
    Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith as explained in My Catholic Faith. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our moral code set down by God and the Fifth Commandment - "Thou shalt not kill" is very emphatic that no man has the right to take the life of another, a life given by God. From the time Cain killed his brother Abel to the time Moses was given the stone decalogue on Sinai to today, December 21st, 2000 murder has not only been a mortal sin punishable by eternal damnation, but God has clearly pointed out His Divine Will through the Word and His Holy Church the grave wrongs in taking another's life, especially the innocent in the horrible holocaust of abortion. We are accountable for God when we play God by usurping His authority and rights. We do this when we violate the Fifth Commandment, altering His Holy Will. Today we examine various ways one can sin by injuring the body, and ultimately the soul if they do not take care of their body and health. For the 210th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


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    THURSDAY'S LITURGY:

      First Reading: Songs 2: 8-14
      Psalms: Psalm 33: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 39-45
    Optional Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church

       O God, Who didst endow Holy John, Thy Confessor and Doctor, with a wonderful love of self-denial and of the Cross; grant that by ever following his example we may attain eternal glory. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
      Taken from the Prayer of St. Peter Canisius in My Daily Prayer Book for today's Mass

    For today's Late Advent Liturgy and Optional Feast of Saint Peter Canisius and tomorrow's Late Advent Weekday Liturgy, see DAILY LITURGY

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

    "And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe in her womb leapt. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!'"

    Luke 1: 41-42
    Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the Third Thursday of Advent

          Dear Mother of God, the day is almost upon us and somehow we have not done all that we intended through this novena . Yet we renew again this day our desire to be one with Jesus. We desire to be present at the stable in Bethlehem, there to kneel and offer homage and praise with you and St. Joseph, interced for us, obtaining these graces of which we are not worthy, but of which we trust in God's love and mercy. Take us by the hand and help us walk beside you and Joseph as you set out from Nazareth on the road to Bethlehem.

    Murder in the Cathedral Events that happened Today in Church History

      Today is the 883rd anniversary of the birth of Saint Thomas Becket, who would become Archbishop of Canterbury and would be forced to take England's King Henry II to task for his immoral lifestyle. He also criticized and opposed fellow bishops who compromised and catered to the monarch's whims and sins. This earned him the wrath of the king and his colleagues and, though he had appealed to Rome, Henry sought to silence him, sending four of his knights to kill him while saying Mass on December 29, 1170. Thus we had "Murder in the Cathedral." In 1173, Pope Alexander III canonized Thomas. For time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenJoy calls for a good humor

       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".

      "An aid to good humor is the spirit of joy. Joy is rejoicing in another's progress. This is one of the rarest virtues and the last to be won. Too often the progress of others is regarded as stolen from self. A man loses his good humor when he calls his wife 'dear' when they are out and an 'ox' when at home. The wife loses her joy when she would rather spend her time mending his ways than mending his socks. All have joy when they thank God that their friends have done good work, that they are loved by others, and that their virtues proclaim the joy of a good conscience."
    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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    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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