November 27, 2000
Weekday in Ordinary Time

Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory Please don't
forget to pray
for the poor souls
in Purgatory

volume 11, no. 244
November 27, 2000
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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
    St. Augustine Let us build the City of God,
    not the city of man!
      In this issue Pat Ludwa takes us back to common sense. In these days when things look so bleak, he reminds us that, like Dicken's literary portrayal of two cities in "Tale of Two Cities", these are the best of times, the worst of times. He takes us back to well before the English author to another author, a far, far greater one, a man with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit whose excellent treatise "City of God" puts in perspective why our hopes and fears for temporal solutions are useless if we are focusing on the city of man. He prods us to recall the meaning behind Saint Augustine's words as Pat quotes this wise and holy Doctor of the Church and shows the differences between those intent on doing God's Will through obedience to His Holy Church's teachings and those both outside and inside the Church, who would work toward construction of a fleeting, finite metropolis of materialism and measure their success by how high they can scale the skyscrapers of rationalism, confusion and deceit. Indeed, as he documents in the prophet Jeremiah's advice, Our Lord's assuring words, and Paul's entreaty to Timothy, these towers will tumble like Babel and those who put their faith in the false municipalities of modernism will suffer the same fate that occurred in Genesis 11. For Pat's column The best and worst of times see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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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

       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.

        Because the Pro-Life movement is so important to all Catholics, we are also very pleased to announce our association with PRO-LIFE COMMUNICATIONS, a telecommunications firm owned and operated by Joseph and Jane Dalton of St. Charles, Missouri. They are both devoted, staunch Catholics who have dedicated their lives to the Pro-Life cause for the sake of His little ones. We can't endorse their company and benefits enough. In addition, when you abandon AT&T, MCI, Sprint and all those others who contribute to abortion causes, you will not only be receiving better rates and people you can actually talk to rather than the ol' runaround, but for every person who signs up Pro-Life Communications will donate 100% of the net profits to help keep the DAILY CATHOLIC on line. It's a win-win-win situation that God richly blesses. It is not only a necessity to continue this ministry, but it's a necessity that every reader has the peace of mind of being with a phone company that is truly Pro-Life. We pray everyone will realize the need to make this commitment to help eradicate the culture of death.

        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


    First Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 14: 1-5
    Psalms: Psalm 24: 1-6
    Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 1-4

      For today and tomorrow's Ordinary Time liturgies for the final week of the Liturgical Year, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

"Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all. For all these out of their abundance have put in as gifts to God; but she out of her want has put in all that she had to live on."

Luke 21: 3-4

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

      Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI    Today is the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Pope Paul VI while he was making a papal visit to the Philippines. A Bolivian painter fooled security experts by masquerading as a priest in attempts to get close to the Pontiff and, but for the grace of God, Paul VI was spared as security and Swiss Guards in civilian wear wrestled the dagger out of the would-be assassin's hand. Eleven years later another attempt would be made on a Supreme Pontiff's life when a Turkish dissident fired a bullet into the abdomen of Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. Once again God stayed His Vicar on earth. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenEconomic prosperity takes a far back seat to spiritual wealth

       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".

      "Though He Who was rich became poor for our sake, yet He would not be an earthly king by force. A poor blind man could stop Him on the roadway to be cured of his blindness, but not all the masses with their universal acclaim and suffrage could make Him king. Then He laid His finger on their error, 'You seek Me not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were satisfied' (John 6: 26). They sought Him not for the higher part of their being, but for their stomachs; not for His morality, but for their economics; not for His saving grace, but because of the dormancy of the spiritual in their souls."
    1 FRIDAY     no. 241
    November 24
    St. Andrew Dung-Lac
    and companion martyrs

    2 SATURDAY     no. 242
    November 25
    Weekday in Ordinary Time
    BVM on Saturday
    3 SUNDAY     no. 243
    November 26

    4 MONDAY     no. 244
    November 27
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    5 TUESDAY     no. 245
    November 28
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 246
    November 29
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    7 THURSDAY     no. 247
    November 30
    Apostle of the Lord

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