DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 27, 2000


      St. John the Evangelist
Feast of
Saint John the Evangelist
Beloved Apostle


WEDNESDAY
volume 11, no. 274
December 27, 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!


WEDNESDAY'S
LITURGY
:


    First Reading: 1 John 1: 1-4
    Psalms: Psalm 97: 1-2, 5-6, 11-12
    Gospel Reading: John 20: 2-8

St. John the Evangelist Feast of
SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST
Beloved Apostle

       God our Father, You have revealed the mysteries of Your Word through St. John the Apostle. By prayer and reflection may we come to understand the wisdom he taught.

For today's Feast of St. John the Evangelist and tomorrow's Feast of the Holy Innocents, see DAILY LITURGY

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

"And stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not enter. Simon Peter therefore came following him, and he went into the tomb, and saw the linen clothes lying there, and the handkerchief which had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded in a place by itself. Then the other disciple also went in, who had come first to the tomb. "

John 20: 5-8


Christmas Message from Dr. Frank Joseph

Dr. Frank JosephThe Life of the world came on Christmas to bring Everlasting Life

   During Christmas Week, we are suspending the regular columns so we may bring you each person's special Christmas Message. Dr. Frank Joseph's regular Pro-Life Prescriptions column LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL will return in next Wednessday's issue on January 3nd, 2001. Today we refer you to his Christmas Message entitled Life is Beautiful on Christmas and every day! .



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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


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    THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS TRADITION
    Third Day of Christmas=Three French hens represent the Three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity

    Third Day of Christmas
    "On the third day of Christmas my True Love gave to me three French hens"

        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 three French hens represent the Three theological Virtues of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY which enabled Catholics to stay in the state of grace by practicing and promulgating these vital virtues when the sacraments were not readily available.

    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. SheenTotalitarianism is the scapegoat of irresponsibility
       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".

      "Perhaps it is the very burden of responsibility which flows from free choice that makes so many human beings ready to surrender their great gift of freedom. This also explains the search for someone to whom they can commit their choice, who will do their thinking for them and relieve them of the awful burden of the consequences of their free decisions. This search for someone to whom neurotic minds can commit themselves explains the comparatively facile surrender of so many to totalitarianism in our day and age."
    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. For more Our Lady's message for December and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    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:
    CHRISTMAS VIGIL

    4 MONDAY     no. 272
    December 25
    NATIVITY OF OUR
    LORD - CHRISTMAS

    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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