December 28, 2000
Feast of the
Holy Innocents
Infant Martyrs
volume 11, no. 275
December 28, 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!


    First Reading: 1 John 1: 5-10; 2: 1-2
    Psalms: Psalm 124: 2-5, 7-8
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 2: 13-18
Feast of the Holy Innocents, Infant Martyrs

   Father, the Holy Innocents offered You praise by the death they suffered for Christ. May our lives bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips.
    Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

For today's Feast of the Holy Innocents and tomorrow's Fifth Day in Octave of Christmas and the Optional Feast of Saint Thomas Becket, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass

"Then Herod, seeing that he had been tricked by the Magi, was exceedingly angry; and he sent and slew all the boys in Bethlehem and all its neighborhood who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had carefully ascertained from the Magi. Then was fulfilled what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.'"

Matthew 2: 16-18

Fourth Day of Christmas=Four calling birds represent four gospels and the evangelists who wrote them

Fourth Day of Christmas
"On the fourth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me four calling birds"

    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 four calling birds represent the four Gospels where truly the Word of God through Jesus and His life for all of us to emulate was recorded. Since Catholics were not allowed to keep bibles or preach during those times, they reinforced others through the song to read the Gospels in private and live it.

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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

Appreciation for the Fifth Commandment of God
    Bad Example and Scandal

    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 28th, 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 complete the Fifth Commandment treating an area many are not aware of Bad Example and Scandal. We all need to realize that we do grave harm to souls if we give bad example or scandalize someone as we point out. For the 211th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

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    Pope Saint Boniface I Events that happened Today in Church History

      Today is the 1,582nd anniversary of the election of the 42nd successor of Peter the first Pope Pope Saint Boniface I who was elevated to the Papal Throne on this day in 418. His papacy would last four years until his death in September 4, 422. During this time, frought with interference in the Church by the antipope Eulalius and outside the Church with the emergence of secular power instigation by Charles of Ravenna, St. Boniface fought valiantly against Pelagianism and strongly upheld the supremacy of the Papacy. Yet, because of political problems passed on to him from his predecessor Pope Saint Zosimas and conflict with the archdeacon Eulalius, Boniface turned to the emperor who seized the opportunity to wield the threat of secular power over Church appointments. It was the first of the ugly head that would become known as secular investiture. For time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenPassion knows not the soul

       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".

      "Obviously, enthusiasm has something to do with passion. But that word generally evokes two kinds of extreme and wrong reactions: one view is that passion is something we ought to be ashamed of; the other is that passion is always right, and that if we do not give way to its demands, we hurt our personality."
    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:

    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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