November 12, 2000
Stewardship Sunday

volume 11, no. 229
November 12, 2000

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Communion means one with Christ in the Divine Mystery and one with each other in fraternal love
    Pope John Paul II reminds the faithful that breaking of the bread is fruitless if we fail to live the Gospel. The Eucharist is the source of unity and if we do not focus on both the vertical and horizontal dimensions in the proper worthiness, then our efforts are in vain.
        "We who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread"
        (1 Corinthians 10: 17)
        This past Wednesday His Holiness John Paul II resumed his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist after having delivered an Angelus Address in honor of the Solemnity of All Saints last Wednesday. The Pope spoke to a crowd of around 35,000 in St. Peter's Square on a brisk November day, emphasizing the importance of vertical communion-koinoia to unite us to the divine mystery along with the horizontal communion-koinoia to enable us to unite in an ecclesial, fraternal bond of love with all participants in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You need both the trunk of the tree (vertical) and the arm of the tree (horizontal) to make a cross. It is this balance that makes the meaning of the Holy Eucharist profound. The Holy Father reminds all of the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 11: 29 that if one does not have the love of "agape" and suppresses love for our neighbor, then we are receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist unworthily as the Apostle says that one "eats and drinks judgment upon himself." The Pope reasserts the importance of One Bread, One Body for all who partake worthily in the sacrifice. For the Holy Father's Wednesday General Papal Address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS


    First Reading: 1 Kings 17: 10-16
    Psalms: Psalm 146: 7-10
    Hebrews Hebrews 9: 24-28
    Gospel Reading: Mark 12: 38-44
    For today's 32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME and tomorrow's liturgy, see DAILY LITURGY
Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"Amen I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who have been putting money into the treasury. For they all have put in out of their abundance; but she out of her want has put in all that she had - all that she had to live on."

Mark 12: 43-44

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Boniface III    Today is the 1,393rd anniversary of the death of the 66th successor of Peter His Holiness Pope Boniface III who died this day in 607 after having been elected earlier in the same year on February 19th. It was Pope Boniface who declared that the head bishop of the universal Church was the Pope in Rome. He also decreed that a new Supreme Pontiff could not be elected until three days after the previous Pope had passed away. Today it is even longer for it takes time for the Sacred Conclave to convene from all over the world. To read more of what happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenToo many politicians can't be trusted because they lack humility

       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".

      "From the spiritual point of view, the basic trouble with people who were pampered early in life is pride, egotism or selfishness. Their complexes are due to a great extent to a want of practice of the virtue of humility. They have developed the wrong treasures, and therefore the heart is in the wrong place. As Our Blessed Lord said, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6: 21; Luke 12: 34). It makes little difference whether we possess the treasure or not; what matters is that we love it. In this case, the treasure is the exalted opinion we have of self, or having our own will satisfied. If this be the treasure, then all the affections, desires and feelings we have intertwine about our ego."

       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

    The Gospa's message for October Monthly Medjugorje Message for October 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 October and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    November 10
    Feast of Pope
    Saint Leo the Great
    2 SATURDAY     no. 228
    November 11
    Feast of Saint
    Martin of Tours

    3 SUNDAY     no. 229
    November 12
    32nd SUNDAY
    in Ordinary Time

    4 MONDAY     no. 230
    November 13
    Feast of Saint
    Frances Xavier Cabrini

    5 TUESDAY     no. 231
    November 14
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 232
    November 15
    Feast of Saint
    Albert the Great

    7 THURSDAY     no. 233
    November 16
    Weekday/Saint Margaret
    Saint Gertrude

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