November 26, 2000

Final Sunday in the Liturgical Year

volume 11, no. 243
November 26, 2000

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    First Reading: Daniel 7: 13-14
    Psalms: Psalm 93: 1-2, 5
    Second Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 1: 5-8
    Gospel Reading: John 18: 33-37
       Almighty, everlasting God, Who didst will to reinstate all things in Thy beloved Son, the Universal King; mercifully grant that the whole family of nations, rent asunder by the wound of sin, may be made subject to His most gentle reign. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Taken from the Prayer for Christus Rex from My Daily Prayer book

    For today's Solemnity of CHRIST THE KING and tomorrow's liturgy for the final week in Ordinary Time, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing. Why dost thou question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; behold, these know what I have said."

John 18: 20-21
Unity with our separated Brethren is desired, but can't be complete without unity in the Holy Eucharist
    Pope John Paul II reminds the faithful that the Holy Eucharist is the key to bringing those not in union with the Church back into the fold. While willing to bend on some liturgical points, the Church cannot compromise on doctrine and the sacraments.

        "I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband"
        (Apocalypse/Revelation 21: 2)
        Because of server communication problems, many were not able to access THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS last week. Therefore we are bringing it to you again because of its excellent content when His Holiness John Paul II continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist, this time focusing on the great void at the Altar because other Christian sects are not in union with Rome and cannot share in the oneness that Christ wills for His children. He reaffirmed the importance of Christian unity during the Jubilee Year and stressed that we have much more in common than differences in respect to theology and catechetics. The Pope shared how wonderful it would be for others to also share the sacramental benefits of the Church and prays for that to eventually be a reality. He reminded all of the two disciples walking with Jesus on the way to Emmaus and how they returned. While he encourages dialogue and exceptions of partaking in the Liturgy of the Word, he laments that our separated brethren cannot participate fully in the Liturgy of the Eucharist for it is the Eucharist Which unifies all in the Mystical Body of Christ. He urges those not in union with the Church and who truly want unity to understand the infallible nature of the Sacrament and come into union in doctrine as well. For the Holy Father's Wednesday General Papal Address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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.

Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM - photo from www.medjugorje.orgFile copy of Fr. Slavko finishing the stations at the foot of the cross on top of Mt. Krizevac   It is with great human sadness tempered with undeniable spiritual joy and happiness that we announce the passing of Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM on Friday, November 24th during the great hour of Mercy on Mt. Krizevac. This beloved priest of Medjugorje, author of "Pray with the Heart" and many other inspiring books and known to millions of pilgrims throughout the world, began to experience chest pains and weakness after conducting the weekly Stations of the Cross on Mt. Krizevac. It was there, near the foot of the massive stone cross erected in 1933, that God called him home. His entrance into eternal bliss was so beautifully confirmed to the visionary Marija Dugandzic in Our Lady's November message below. For more on this devoted Franciscan, see Father Slavko

    "Dear children! Today when Heaven is near to you in a special way, I call you to prayer so that through prayer you place God in the first place. Little children, today I am near you and I bless each of you with my motherly blessing so that you have the strength and love for all the people you meet in your earthly life and that you can give Godís love. I rejoice with you and I desire to tell you that your brother Slavko has been born into Heaven and intercedes for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
For more Our Lady's message for November and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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    Pope Siricus    Today is the 1,601st anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Siricus, the 38th successor of Peter. His pontificate lasted from December 15, 294 to this day in 399. Ever wonder where the term "Pope" came from? It was a Latin anigram coined by Pope Siricus. It stood for "Petri Apostoli Potestatem Accipiens" which, of course was "Papa" translated to "Pope" in English. This was the most important achievement of his fifteen year pontificate, being most remembered for Saint Siricus being the first to assume the title of "Pope" or "Papa" from the Greek "Father." To read more of what happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThey misunderstood the King in their midst

       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".

      "Jesus fed bread to the multitudes in the desert. Having fed the hungry masses, they 'sought to make Him king' (John 6: 15). It is ever in the human heart, when it loses its love of the spiritual, to worship those who promise full stomachs or economic power. They wished to make Jesus king in opposition to all the kings of the earth; instead of surrendering themselves to Him and His sublime doctrine about sin and redemption, they willed to have Him submit to them. They did not want to be drawn up to Him, but to draw Him down to them. However sincere and enthusiastic they were, they were, nevertheless, bent on pulling Divinity down to the level of the human."

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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

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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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