December 22, 2000
Late Advent Weekday
volume 11, no. 269
December 22, 2000
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  • We extend to all a Blessed and Holy Christmas and invite you to tell others about The DAILY CATHOLIC so more souls in 2001 can find God and His Holy Church. This week we present our traditional assembly of CHRISTMAS MESSAGES from contributing writers and a special CHRISTMAS GIFT for you that keeps on giving for Life!
    This is the Seventh 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:

        O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!

      Sister Mary Lucy Astuto    During Christmas Week, we are suspending the regular columns so we may bring you each person's special Christmas Message. Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER will resume next Friday, December 29th when she continues her theme on making a good examination of conscience in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Today we refer you to her Christmas Message entitled My Christmas Wish For You .

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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

        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


    First Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 24-28
    Psalms: 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-8
    Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 46-56

Taken from the Gospel for Saturday's Mass

"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; because He Who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; and His Mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him."

Luke 1: 46-50

Friday in the Third Week of Advent
    Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the Third Friday of Advent

          O Mary, the journey is long, tedious. The road is crowded with others like yourself, going simply to be counted. No one realized you were the Mother of God, that you carried God in your womb, and that beside you walked the saintly man of faith St. Joseph. We ask both you and St. Joseph to be our companions in every step of our daily life, and as we approach the blessed hour in which Christ was born, may you open our hearts to receive Him, as you welcomed the poor shepherds who came to adore Him.

    For today and tomorrow's liturgy for Late Advent Weekday, see DAILY LITURGY

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Saint Innocent I     Today is the 1,599th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Innocent I He became the 40th successor of Peter on this date in 401. During his sixteen year pontificate he withstood the sacking of Rome by Alaric and his Goths. He also pursuaded the Roman Emperor Honorius to tone down the bloody contests at the Colosseum and other arenas by prohibiting gladiators. He died on March 12, 417. Pope Saint Innocent will forever be remembered as the Supreme Pontiff who established the Roman rite, establishing Latin as the official language of the Church. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenIs the stepchild of modern civilization crazed?

   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".

    "Human beings have always taken for granted that there would be in their midst a few unfortunate individuals whose mental outlook would be warped and unpredictable. But what is disturbing today is the number of otherwise normal people who, in popular language, are "cracking up." Some are young, otherwise happily married; others are in middle life, with apparent security, but regardless of the age group, as a good American psychiatrist wrote, 'Mental cases are the stepchild of modern civilization.'"

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    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 Our Lady's message for November and more on Medjugorje including the Eulogy on Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    Saint Stephen
    First Martyr

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    St. John the Evangelist
    Beloved Apostle

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    Holy Innocents
    Infant Martyrs

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