November 23, 2000

Weekday and
Feast of
Pope Saint Clement I, martyr and
Blessed Miguel Pro, Priest, Religious and Martyr

Saint Columban, Abbot

volume 11, no. 240
November 23, 2000
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  • The pregnant chad has become the focal point of an election that literally hangs by a thread in deciding the fate of America's soul. See CATHOLIC PewPOINT and GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER and VIEW FROM THE PEW and SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING and PRO-LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS to realize the irony of the hypocrisy of the modern Scribes and Pharisees - the media and desperate Democrats!
  • Appreciation for the Fourth Commandment of God
      Honor thy Father and thy Mother

        Duties of Superiors and Elected Officials
        Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the third part on the Fourth Commandment 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 207th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

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      First Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 5: 1-10
      Psalms: Psalm 149: 1-6, 9
      Gospel Reading: Luke 19: 41-44

    Feast of Pope Saint Clement I, Martyr

       All-powerful and ever-living God, we praise Your power and glory revealed to us in the lives of Your saints. Give us joy on this feast of St. Clement, the priest and martyr who bore witness with his blood to the love he proclaimed and the gospel he preached.
          Taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Pope Saint Clement
    Blessed Miguel ProFeast of Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, Priest, Religious and Martyr

       God our Father, You gave Your servant Miguel Agustin the grace to seek ardently Your greater glory and the salvation of Your people. Grant that, through his intercession and following his example, we may serve You and glorify You by performing our daily duties with fidelity and joy and effectively helping our neighbor.
          Taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Blessed Miguel Pro

    Feast of Saint Columban, Abbot

       Lord, You called St. Columban to live the monastic life and to preach the gospel with zeal. May his prayers and example help us to seek You above all things and to work with all our hearts for the spread of the faith.
          Taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint Columban
    For today's Weekday liturgy plus the various optional feasts and tomorrow's liturgy honoring the Vietnamese martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions, see DAILY LITURGY

    Taken from the Gospel for Thursday's Mass

    "If thou hadst known, in this thy day, even thou, the things that are for thy peace! But now they are hidden from thy eyes. For days will come upon thee when ty enemies will throw up a rampart about thee, and surround thee and shut thee in on every side, and will dash thee to the ground and thy children within thee, and will not leave in thee one stone upon another, because thou hast not known te time of thy visitation. "

    Luke 19: 42-44

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    MexicoTomb of Blessed Miguel Pro   Today is the 73rd anniversary of the martyrdom of the loyal Mexican priest Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro. Forced to leave his beloved Mexico in 1914 at the height of the persecution of the clergy, he returned in 1926 undercover in order to fulfill the ecclesial and sacramental needs of his people. Totally selfless, he slipped in and out of homes under disguise so he could administer the sacraments and celebrate Holy Mass for his people, so hungry for their faith. Jealousy intercepted Blessed Miguel's mission and he was arrested on false, trumped-up charges. Quickly condemned by a corrupt regime, he was marched in front of a Federale firing range. Offered a blindfold, he refused and bravely prayed "Viva Christo Rey" - "Long live Christ" before gunshots ended his life on earth and triggered his entrance into eternal life. For more on Blessed Miguel, we recommend Blessed Miguel Pro - one of the Top 100 Catholics of the Century For time capsule events that happened Today n Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenPromises of materials turns into imprisonment of self

       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".

      "Communism swept one-third of the world into the grasp of the Iron Bear simple because it promised pie in the sky after hatred had overthrown the existing order. The great fallacy of all revolutionary movements is that the value of great lives is nullified, either through persecution or character assassination, in the interests of fallacious promises and illusory hopes. Our world is slow to learn that those who turn out the lights of Heaven, bay that very act turn out the lights earth. Influences are born of moral stamina but promises, like spider webs, are woven from the bellies of materialism."

       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
    1 FRIDAY     no. 234
    November 17
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary
    Wife, Mother and Religious
    2 SATURDAY     no. 235
    November 18
    / Sts. Peter & Paul Bas.
    St. Rose Duchesne/BVM

    3 SUNDAY     no. 236
    November 19
    33rd SUNDAY
    in Ordinary Time

    4 MONDAY     no. 237
    November 20
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    5 TUESDAY     no. 238
    November 21

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 239
    November 22
    Saint Cecilia
    Virgin and Martyr

    7 THURSDAY     no. 240
    November 23
    /St. Clement/ Bl. Miguel Pro/ St. Columban

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