DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 8, 2000
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
SOLEMNITY OF THE
IMMACULATE
CONCEPTION

OF THE
BLESSED
VIRGIN
MARY
FRIDAY
volume 11, no. 255
December 8, 2000
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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

       Today is a Holy Day of Obligation as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a very special Feast in the United States because Our Lady is dedicated to this country and the National Basilica in Washington, D.C. is consecrated to her.


    FRIDAY'S LITURGY:

      First Reading: Genesis 3: 9-15, 20
      Psalms: Psalm 98: 1-4
      Second Reading:Ephesians 1: 3-6, 11-12
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 26-38
       Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks. You allowed no stain of Adam's sin to touch the Virgin Mary. Full of grace, she was to be a worthy Mother of Your Son, Your sign of favors to the Church at its beginning, and the promise of its perfection as the bride of Christ, radiant in beauty. Purest of virgins, she was to bring forth Your Son, the innocent Lamb Who takes away our sins. You chose her from all women to be our advocate with You and our pattern of holiness.

      For today's Solemnity and tomorrow's Feast of Blessed Juan Diego, see DAILY LITURGY


Day Nine of the Special Novena for Today's 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 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 TWO 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

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

"And when the angel had come to her, he said, 'Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women.' When she had heard him she was troubled at his word, and kept pondering what manner of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for thou has found grace."

Luke 1: 28-30

On this special day of the Immaculate Tabernacle, which housed God Himself, we all need to take the proper preparation in purifying our souls to worthily receive Him not only at Christmas but every day, every week at Holy Mass. The Sacrament of the Eucharist can only be enhanced by strict and prompt attention to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column this week she turns her attention to gift-giving, a very popular pasttime leading up to Christmas. But, today on this special Holy Day she focuses on the vast differences between the material and the spiritual, emphasizing the latter as vital in presenting ourselves to the Christ Child on Christmas morning. Unlike Blessed Mary, we were all born with Original Sin, and therefore our journey towards purity and sanctity is a lifetime project. God understands this and He is very patient in waiting for us to come around. He wisely provides, through His Church, the liturgy of Advent to properly prepare our souls for Christmas; just as He does with Lent and Holy Week for the Glorious Resurrection. The vestments are purple or violet for fasting and penance and the vehicle for this is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For her column, entitled Advent - Preparing for Jesus see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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        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.

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

Events that happened Today in Church History

Vatican One and Pius IX declare Dogma of Papal InfallibilitySecond Vatican Council     Today is the anniversary of the opening of one Vatican Council and the closing of the second. On this day in 1869 Blessed Pope Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council in which the Council declared the Dogma of Papal Infallibility. It is also the 38th anniversary of when Blessed Pope John XXIII closed the first session of the Second Vatican Council and the 35th anniversary of his successor Pope Paul VI bringing to a close the Council three years later. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe great void

   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".

    "Few things are more strange than the eagerness with which many so-called educated people swallow the dicta of a mere human being, and swear by his glory. Great indeed is the void left in the heart by the exile of Christ."


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    Advent Daily Novena Prayer for the First Friday of Advent

          Blessed Mother, today we remember and celebrate your Immaculate Conception, by which you were preserved from the stain of original sin, and remained ever sinless throughout your life. Let us learn from you, dear Mother, that we too can rise above sin, even the least occasion of sin, so that we too might hear the angel voices raised on High as the Christ Child is born unto all the world.

    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 Our Lady's message for November and more on Medjugorje including the Eulogy on Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    1 FRIDAY     no. 255
    December 8
    IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
    2 SATURDAY     no. 256
    December 9
    Weekday/ Feast of
    Blessed Juan Diego

    3 SUNDAY     no. 257
    December 10
    SECOND SUNDAY
    OF ADVENT

    4 MONDAY     no. 258
    December 11
    Advent Weekday/
    Pope Saint Damusus I
    5 TUESDAY     no. 259
    December 12
    Feast of
    Our Lady of Guadalupe

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 260
    December 13
    Feast of the Martyr
    St. Lucy, Virgin
    7 THURSDAY     no. 261
    December 14
    St. John of the Cross
    Doctor of the Church

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