December 23, 2000
Advent Weekday
and the Optional
Feast of Saint John of Kanty

volume 11, no. 270
December 23, 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 Eighth 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 Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

"...now they are no longer two, but one flesh" Matthew 19: 6

    Bridge to Heaven over troubled watersBridge of Grace over troubled waters

    The journey through life can be frought with obstacles. It is in how we cope with these adversities that will propel us on the path to holiness. It is not an easy path. It is narrow and difficult. Yet, with God as our guide, we will safely navigate the treacherous waters of the world, the flesh and the devil to reach the safe harbor of His graces.

    The journey to the altar is a powerful trek of the heart and soul that proves itself in the commitment to our life partner before and with God.
    The Keys to Reestablishing the Sanctity of Life through the Charism of Conjugal Love
    Cyndi CainMichael Cain   After introducing this special series on the weekend of the special Jubilee of Families held October 13-14 in Rome, we continue today with the ninth lesson The Journey to the Altar in which we share with you Mike's roundabout sojourn to discover the true love of his life and how God played such an integral part of that journey. He talks candidly about swimming against the stream and then almost being engulfed by the liberal current of conformity, being saved from the swirling vortex of society by the grace of God. His story mirrors that of many other sinners and saints as well. The fact of the matter almost every saint encountered many temptations and it is in how they handled adversity that God ultimately measures. Mike in no way can measure up to the virtues of these saints, but it is in the effort that we are rewarded. This sensitive and enlightening series is co-written by Michael and Cyndi Cain, who share what the Holy Spirit has inspired them to write including intimate, chasteful revelations of their own lives that have helped elevate their Conjugal Love. The entire concept unlocks the keys to reestablishing the Sanctity of Life through the Charism of Conjugal Love and, through one couple at a time, like a ripple that extends ever outward, we can change the world and eradicate the culture of death. This series will run in each Saturday issue. For the ninth lesson, see AT ONE WITH GOD series on Conjugal Love

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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

        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: Malachia 3: 1-4, 23-24
    Psalms: Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-10, 14
    Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 57-66
Advent Daily Novena Prayer for Saturday in the Third Week of Advent

       More and more people crowded the road. The nights were cold, and the days long. Riding on a donkey was a lot different than riding in a comfortable, heated automobile. Help us, Mary, to recognize that we are often lazy and spoiled, unwilling to make any sacrifice for God, Who lowered Himself to become Man, to be born in an impoverished stable. We are in need of your help, Blessed Mother, to overcome the weakness which is inherent in our characters, that instead we might be strengthened in our faith, made ardent in our love and fervent in our trust.

      For today's Advent liturgy and tomorrow's Liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the Vigil of Christmas, see DAILY LITURGY
Taken from the Gospel for Saturday's Mass

" And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcize the child, and they were going to call him by his father's name, Zachary. And his mother answered and said, 'Not so, but he shall be called John."

Luke 1: 59-60

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope John VIII

       Today is the 1, 381st anniversary of the elevation of Pope Boniface V to the Throne of Peter as the 69th successor of the first Apostle. He was elected during a time when there was great consternation throughout Italy for there were many wars being waged for the Crown of Italy. It was during his six-year pontificate that the prophet Mohnammed would begin preaching, giving vent to one of the greatest threats to Christianity the world had ever known and plunge Europe into centuries of war against the crescent moon. It was Boniface who instituted the privilege of Sanctuary for those seeking refuge inside churches and monasteries. He died on October 25, 625. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenSelf-expression often lacks self-restraint

       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".

      "Leaving to the medical profession those who are suffering from functional and organic disturbances, which affect the mind, our problem is to inquire into the reason for the many marginal or fringe cases of mental instability. Coming quickly to the point, it appears to be this: Our generation has been raised on the idea of "self-expression," which being translated negatively, means there should never be any self-restraint. Every desire and impulse, which satisfies the ego, is considered good, any form of self-denial, or repression of biological urges, is considered as harmful to the personality. The ego is flattered and pampered, even to a point where children are raised on the theory that they should never be disciplined, much less punished or reprimanded for their selfishness."
    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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    December 22
    Weekday in the Third
    Week of Advent

    2 SATURDAY     no. 270
    December 23
    Late Advent Weekday
    Opt: St. John of Kanty
    3 SUNDAY     no. 271
    December 24
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    December 25

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    December 26
    Saint Stephen
    First Martyr

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 274
    December 27

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    December 28
    Holy Innocents
    Infant Martyrs

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