December 4, 2000
Advent Weekday
Feast of
Saint John Damascus,
Priest and Doctor of the Church

volume 11, no. 251
December 4, 2000
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Swimming upstream without a clue!
Why do so many Catholics think they can stubbornly swim upstream on their own without realizing all they'll find is dry ground? Too many are swimming away from Jesus?
    G.K. Chesterton, caricature c.1986 by Gerry Gerstens   In this issue Pat Ludwa guides us to the tributary we need to focus on in order to swim back to the sea of sanity and sanctity, back to the safe harbor of Jesus and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. From society today to our entire judicial and legislative systems we can clearly see the common sense G.K. Chesterton makes in his statement, "To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it." Pat illustrates, as we begin Advent, what we need to do to properly reset our compasses toward Christ regardless of how difficult the currents of political correctness, moral malaise and relativism pressure us to go with the flow - an ebb that surely leads to the fathoms of hell. Pat acknowledges it's not easy just as Chesterton did when he stated, "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." Pat encourages all to give it a try and you'll surprised how graces will carry you along on the undercurrent of Faith, Hope and Charity. For Pat's column Stemming the Tide see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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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.

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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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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: Isaiah 2: 1-5
    Psalms: Psalm 122: 1-9
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 8: 5-11

Monday in the First Week of Advent
    Advent Daily Novena Prayers for the First Monday in Advent

          Heavenly Mother, today we ask you to remember all the things of our lower human ego, our lower human passions, which are a hindrance to us in our spiritual life. Today we ask you to intercede for us that we may recognize our weakness in regard to our intelligence. Let us be mindful of this great gift which is from God, and to order our thoughts so to think only of Him, for Him, and with Him, according to His Will, not our own.

Feast of Saint John Damascus, Priest and Doctor of the Church
      Lord, may the prayers of St. John Damascene help us, and may the true faith be taught so well always be our light and our strength.

    Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring St. John Damascus

For today and tomorrow's Ordinary Time liturgies for the first week of the new Liturgical Year in Advent, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

"Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith in Israel. And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west, and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven."

Matthew 8: 10-11
Day Five 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 FIVE 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 John XXII    Today is the anniversary of the death of Pope John XXII who passed away on this day in 1334. It was this 196th successor of Peter who instituted the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity as well as establishing the Institution of the Sacra Rota. Born in France, he was one of the many Avignon Popes and during his 18 year pontificate built the Papal Palace in the French city. He was the last John until Blessed Pope John XXIII became the 261st in the line of Peter on October 28, 1959. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenKilling ill-temper for love

       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".

      "A man in love with a woman conceals his ill-temper to win her love. A soul in love with God kills his ill-temper to be worthy of the love of God."
    The Gospa's message for November Monthly Medjugorje Message for November 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 November and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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