December 5, 2000

Advent Weekday
volume 11, no. 252
December 5, 2000
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    During the previous four weeks we have speculated and theorized everything to death during the great battle between the Culture of Life and the culture of death. Now let's turn our attention, in these four precious preparatory weeks of Advent, to Bethlehem and speculate once more. How would you have responded to those looking for room in the inn 2000 years ago?

    Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    In her twentieth installment, Cyndi Cain turns her attention to more noble venues, taking us all back to those days two millenniums ago when many, many travelers surfaced from all over Judea in the city of Bethlehem to account themselves by Roman Law for the census. Among these were a young couple from Nazareth, the wife obviously very, very pregnant and yet no one came to their rescue; no one offered them so much as a meal or soft bed. Let's suppose you don't know what you do today about the birth of the Savior, would you have responded any differently than the people of Bethlehem? We're quick to say "oh, yes, of course I would have," but your daily actions, your prayer life and the way you live your Faith is the best guage as to your true answer. It is an excellent way in Advent to prepare and examine our consciences to see if we are in harmony with the Divine Will or if we unconsciously go along with the rest of the crowd and clamor for the will of the people over God's Will for His people. For her column, Is there room in your inn? see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.

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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

Day Six 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 SIX 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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      First Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10
      Psalms: Psalm 72: 1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
      Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 21-24

    Tuesday in the First Week of Advent
      Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the First Tuesday of Advent

           St. Joseph, we beseech you, in this season of Advent, to help us prepare more properly for the Coming of Jesus Christ. You believed, St. Joseph, in the Divine Birth and in the virginity of Mary, your holy spouse. You watched in awe as the pregnancy came to full term, and thanked God for the privilege given to you, to be the guardian of Mary and of Jesus. Help us to overcome our lack of faith, that we too might learn to seek Him in all things.

      For today's liturgy for Advent Weekday and tomorrow's liturgy for Advent Weekday and the Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop, see DAILY LITURGY

    Taken from the Gospel for Tuesday's Mass

    "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I say to you, many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and they have not seen it; and to hear what you hear, and they have not heard it.".

    Luke 10: 23-24

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Gregory XIV    Today is the 410th anniversary of the election of Cardinal Niccolo Sfondratias the 229th successor to the Keys of the Kingdom in 1590. He chose the name Pope Gregory XIV and is best remembered for comfirming the right of sanctuary in embassies accredited with the Holy See. Born in Cremona, Italy, Gregory was an upright and ascetical man who, during his one year pontificate had no choice but to excommunicate King Henry IV, monarch of France. Because he was so trusting he was swindled and cheated by dishonest counselors within the Roman Curia. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenHappiness is serving others

       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".

      "Service corrects ill-regulated desires by constantly putting the needs of the neighbor before the wishes of the ego. They are selfless because absorbed in other selves; happy because they have no needs except to bestow on their fellow men the overflowing goodness of their hearts."
    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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