December 26, 2000

Feast of Saint Stephen
First Martyr

volume 11, no. 273
December 26, 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!
Holy Father's Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message

      "The first Adam became a living being; the second Adam became a life-giving Spirit"

        His Holiness Pope John Paul II delivered his annual Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message to a packed house in St. Peter's Square Christmas Day in Rome as rain continued to fall. Yet it did not dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who braved the cold and rain for Midnight Mass and later in the day Christmas Day Mass and hear the Holy Father's traditional address in which he called for an end to the culture of death and for peace to descend on all through love as Christ showed. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

          Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    During Christmas Week, we are suspending the regular columns so we may bring you each person's special Christmas Message. Cyndi's regular SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING column will return in next Tuesday's issue on January 2nd, 2001. Today we refer you to her Christmas Message entitled A Chorus of Christmas Blessings to All.


    First Reading: Acts 6: 8-10; 7: 54-59
    Psalms: Psalm 31: 3-4, 6-8. 17, 21
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 10: 17-22

    St. Stephen Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr

         Lord, today we celebrate the entrance of St. Stephen into eternal glory. He died praying for those who killed him. Help us to imitate his goodness and to love our enemies.

        Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating the Feast of Saint Stephen

For today's Feast of Saint Stephen and tomorrow's Feast of SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Tuesday's Mass

"But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious how or what you are to speak; for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father Who speaks through you."

Matthew 10: 19-20
The Gospa's message for December Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 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.

    "Dear children! Today when God granted to me that I can be with you, with little Jesus in my arms, I rejoice with you and I give thanks to God for everything He has done in this Jubilee year. I thank God especially for all the vocations of those who said ‘yes’ to God completely. I bless you all with my blessing and the blessing of the newborn Jesus. I pray for all of you for joy to be born in your hearts so that in joy you too carry the joy I have today. In this Child I bring to you the Savior of your hearts and the One Who calls you to the holiness of life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

    For more Our Lady's message for December and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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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.

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

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Saint DionysiusPope Saint Zosimas    Today is the anniversary of the death of two saintly Popes from the earlier centuries. It is the 1,732nd anniversary since Pope Saint Dionysius died. He was the 25th successor of the Apostle Peter and often refered to as Saint Denis. Born in Turio, his pontificate lasted nine years from July 22, 259 to this day in 268. At the time of his election the Barbarians were storming the gates of the Roman Empire as it was beginning to show definite and lasting cracks in its societal foundation. St. Denis reorganized all the parishes of Rome and was able to secure the freedom of the Christians in Gaul which would eventually become France and convert to Catholicism through King Pippin. Today is also the 1,582nd anniversary of the death of the 41st in the line of Peter, Pope Saint Zosimas. Elected on March 18, 417, his pontificate lasted less than a year. He was a holy man of very strict morals and he decreed that illegitimate sons could not become priests. St. Zosimus was the first to send apostolic vicars to the Franks which is today southern Germany. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Second Day of Christmas=Two turtle doves represent Old Testament and New Testaments

    Second Day of Christmas
    "On the second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me two turtle doves"

        So many have misinterpreted the Twelve Days of Christmas with a secular meaning, but they fail to realize that, in fact, they were a "secret catechism code" sung by persecuted Roman Catholics from the Protestant Reformation through the French Revolution. It was their way of communicating their faith much in the same manner the early Christians did with symbols such as the fish. The two turtledoves represent the Old and New Testaments - the Word of God which over the years has been so watered down by "interpretations and political correctness" that often it loses its true meaning and must be properly discerned through the Church's reliance on the Holy Spirit.

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWhen we shirk responsibility we cannot shed our shackles

       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".

      "People talk most about their health when they are sick, and most about liberty when they are in danger of losing it. Despite all the pleas for liberty, it must be remembered that every flight from responsibility is a flight from liberty and every denial of personal guilt is also a denial of freedom. Cabbages cannot do wrong, though they have heads; calculators cannot commit sin, though they can do many things which seem to emulate human thought."
    1 FRIDAY     no. 269
    December 22
    Weekday in
    Late Advent

    2 SATURDAY     no. 270
    December 23
    Late Advent Weekday
    Opt: St. John of Kanty
    3 SUNDAY     no. 271
    December 24
    4th SUNDAY / Evening:

    4 MONDAY     no. 272
    December 25

    5 TUESDAY     no. 273
    December 26
    Saint Stephen
    First Martyr

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 274
    December 27
    St. John the Evangelist
    Beloved Apostle

    7 THURSDAY     no. 275
    December 28
    Holy Innocents
    Infant Martyrs

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