DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 3, 2000
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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Year 3, Cycle C


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volume 11, no. 250
December 3, 2000

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SUNDAY'S LITURGY:

    First Reading: Jeremia 33: 14-16
    Psalms: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
    Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13; 4: 1-2
    Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
    Advent Daily Novena Prayers for Advent
          Heavenly Mother, we ask you to help us now to begin our preparation to welcome your Divine Son Jesus Christ into our midst. We offer to Jesus through your intercession our every thought, word and deed throughout these days, that we may participate in this sublime mystery of our salvation. Help us, Mary, to be obedient, humble children, hearts aflame with Love as anticipate the birth of Love Itself!

    For today's liturgy for the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT and tomorrow's liturgy for Advent Weekday and the Feast of Saint John Damascus, Priest and Doctor of the Church, see DAILY LITURGY

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

"And there wil be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations bewildered by the roaring of sea and waves; men fainting for fear and for expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the powers of Heaven will be shaken."

Luke 21: 25-26
St. Thomas More
      "...there is no justification for a pragmatism which, even with regard to essential and fundamental values of social life, would reduce politics to the mere balancing of interests or, worse yet, to a matter of demagogy or of winning votes."

Those words, which so strongly reflect the current situation in the US, were spoken forcefully by Pope John Paul II during the closing of the Jubilee for Politicians on November 5th when the Holy Father also called upon all elected officials to emulate the virtues of the new Patron of Politicians - Saint Thomas More and be loyal servants.

      "The first commandment of all is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one God; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second is like it, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."   (Mark 12: 29-31)

        In today's issue we bring you Pope John Paul II's closing Homily for the Jubilee of Politicians given on November 5th in which he also officially proclaimed Saint Thomas More Patron Saint of Politicians and encouraged all elected officials to take their roles and responsibilities as servants before God and man very seriously and uphold the Laws God established. He entreated all to carefully consider Christ's words in Mark 12: 29-31 of their duties to both God and their neighbor, "The answer is clear: by living your involvement in politics as a service to others. An approach as magnificent as it is demanding! It cannot in fact be reduced to some generic restatement of principles or a declaration of good intentions. Political service is lived in a precise and daily commitment which calls for great competence in the fulfillment of one's duties and unswerving morality in the selfless and accountable exercise of power." For the Holy Father's entire homily to this international gathering of politicians at St. Peter's, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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        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.

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American Life League and National Right to Life and Oblates of Mary Immaculate Life Issues

Day Four of the Special Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaims the Dogma of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Immaculate Conception    Our country is consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in these times when satan is so furiously trying to choke the life out of so many, we turn to Our Lady in supplication as Mother of Prompt Succor, pleading with her to preserve the United States and return this beloved country, founded upon God's principles that "all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with the unalienable [inalienable] rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Today all three are greatly jeopardized as so many misinterpret the pure intent of our founding fathers and God's Will for His people. They did not found our great country on majority rules which would basically be democracy, nor that rights come from the state or the federal government, but from God. Because of that there can be no separation of Church and state. For man is free to worship, to live, to be free and to seek happiness. This can only happen through God, not man. Man has a free will and therefore can choose not to, but he has no right to impose his wrongs on others. We are protected under the law of the land - the Constitution - the the foundation of this country - and laws such as Roe vs. Wade are unconstitutional and therefore, cannot be recognized. In order to overturn these errors, we need to continue to pray to Our Lady who is the greatest intercessor before the Holy Trinity Thus, we continue with DAY FOUR of this special nine-day Novena leading up to the glorious Solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception. It is taken from the Treasury of Novenas by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. and published by the Catholic Book Company. See NOVENA.


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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope St. ZacharyPope Anastasius IV    Today is the anniversary of the election one Pontiff Pope Saint Zachary in 741, the 91st successor of Peter who is remembered as the first Pope to ever crown a sovereign. He consecrated King Pipin of France during his 11 year pontificate. It is also the 846th anniversary of the death of the 168th in the line of Peter - Pope Anastasius IV in 1154. Elected on July 12, 1153, his one year papacy is renowned for his pacifying the temporal domains of the Church. To read more of what happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenService to others helps wipe out the smudges of evil

       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".

      "Aristotle said that the two most degrading tendencies in a human being were towards bad temper and ill-regulated desire. Either one or the other is present in every egotist. He either gets mad at others because they do not praise him or do his will, or he seeks his own pleasure at the expense and shame of others. Service corrects both of these evil tendencies. It removes ill-temper by making the person do good to others out of obedience to God's Will."
    Monthly Medjugorje Message for November 2000

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

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