December 7, 2000
Saint Ambrose Feast of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

volume 11, no. 254
December 7, 2000
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    Artwork 'I Knew You' by Shannon Wirrenga, Bismarck, ND, c 1998. All rights reserved
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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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Day Eight of the Special Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary tomorrow

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 EIGHT 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.

Appreciation for the Fourth Commandment of God
    Honor thy Father and thy Mother

      Civic Duties
    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 Fourth Commandment - "Honor thy Father and thy Mother" emphasizes the need for obedience to the authority which God has established through His creation of the family. Today, especially, we are inundated by the world, the flesh and the devil's disrespect for authority and the rightful authority of the parents over the children. Society has undermined the institution of marriage and the foundation of the family which is greatly threatened by the culture of death. There is a responsibility that other superiors such as employers and those in public office must also adhere to for the general welfare of all. That is what we deal with today for in union with the family it is the only way civilization can survive by acknowledging, respecting and obeying these God-given laws. This is outlined in today's installment, "Duties of Other Superiors" which is pertinent considering the political tailspin we've been thrown into. For the 208th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

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      First Reading: Isaiah 26: 1-6
      Psalms: Psalm 118: 1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 24-27
    Feast of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

        Lord, You made St. Ambrose an outstanding teacher of the Catholic faith and gave him the courage of an apostle. Raise up in Your Church more leaders after Your Own Heart, to guide us with courage and wisdom.
      Taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint Ambrose

    For today's Feast of Saint Ambrose and tomorrow's glorious FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, see DAILY LITURGY

    Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass

    "Everyone therefore who hears these My words and acts upon them, shall be likened to a wise man who built his house on rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on rock."

    Matthew 7: 24-25
    Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the First Thursday of Advent

          The days pass, and you go about your daily tasks, always in a state of God's Peace. We lack that peace within ourselves, Mother, because we are so overwhelmed by the demands of our world, by preparations for a worldly Christmas. Pray for us, Heavenly Mother, that we might rid ourselves of inordinate desires, seeking only Jesus and His Kingdom, which came upon the earth through your Fiat to God.

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Paul IV   On this day 35 years ago Pope Paul VI and the Greek Orthodox leader Patriarch Athenagoras I agreed to simultaneously lift the mutual excommunications interdicts that Pope Saint Leo IX had placed on the Eastern Church by excommunicating Michael Cerularius, the Eastern patriarch in 1054. The latter, rather than reconciling, excommunicated Leo and the Western Church and the Great Schism of East and West became wider. Only in recent times, through Paul VI and Pope John Paul II's overtures of ecumenism, have relations become more friendlier and made a reconciliation of East and West possible. The first step was taken by Paul VI and many believe the final steps are being taken by John Paul who is hoping to be able to go to Moscow soon as well as Athens. We pray for unity between these two great Churches for the doctrines and sacraments are so similar. For time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenNature and Man work together in harmony

       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".

      "Human lives were not sent into this world as ornaments. God has prettier things for that purpose. As the bird that sings for others gladdens its own heart with song, as the rivers flee the decay of stagnant self-content to service the mighty ocean, as the sun burns itself out to light a world, so does everything - man included - become good by doing good to others."
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