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This week of the Octave of the Immaculate Conception leads into Gaudete Sunday on the Third Sunday of Advent, preceded by the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday.
December 10-16, 2001                       volume 12, no. 160
Click here to go to graphics version In preparation for Christmas, the Works of Mercy are most important at this time of year:

Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Feed the hungry.
  • Give drink to the thirsty.
  • Clothe the naked.
  • Ransom the captive.
  • Harbor the homeless.
  • Visit the sick.
  • Bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Instruct the ignorant.
  • Admonish the sinner.
  • Comfort the sorrowful.
  • Forgive all injuries.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.
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Second Lateran Council
In 1139 it became necessary to call a second General Council just 16 years after Lateran I because of the Papal schism in which Pope Innocent II declared null and void all acts and decrees by the deceased antipope Anicletus II. The Council also condemned the heresies of Peter Bruys and Arnold of Brescia as well as enacting reforms suggested by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who also preached a crusade against the threat of the Crescent Moon of Islam. For the full documents of the tenth Ecumenical Council see LATERAN TWO
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
Atila Sinke Guimar„es asks whatever happened to teaching orthodoxy and virtue and getting rid of those who continue to ignore sound Church teaching. He presents a tableau of the new regulations in the British Isles where the privacy of the confessional has caved in favor of glass confessionals because 'priests can't be trusted alone!' What would St. John Vianney, the Cure d'Ars think about the new confessional? Atila's article bears out all the more the sad direction the Vatican II reforms have taken in Those in glass Confessionals should not throw stones
Precious Gift of our Faith
Catechetical Apologetic Series based on My Catholic Faith on the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The 251st installment of "Appreciating the Precious Gift of the Faith" provides the answers of how we can restore the lost reverence for the Mass of the Faithful by adhering to the unchangeable rubrics with part six Holy Communion
Catholic PewPOINT
Editor Michael Cain shows where the bishops have painted themselves into a corner because their denial of the accusations by Frances Kissling of 'Catholics' for a Free Choice has only incriminated the prelates further, proving they have been lukewarm in their efforts to be good shepherds. The problems stem from the parish to the highest levels of the American hierarchy and they aren't going to just go away. Indeed they are only getting worse and must be radically weeded out as he points out in his commentary It's time - High time - to come clean!
Echoes of True Catholicism
Dr. Marian Horvat continues her series with a look in this issue of how the reforms of Vatican II, rather than reinforcing the elegance and sanctity of womanhood, have given fuel to the feminist fires to attain goals that Christ never intended for His Church. Yet, the progressive mindset continues its fruitless course by playing right into the equality trap as Dr. Horvat points out in part ten of The Egalitarian Revolution
The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
We present in this issue the excellent work by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J. first written during the Pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X and which, now out of print, Catholic Family News has given us permission to reprint following their publishing of it. It is a beautiful meditation and commentary that should encourage more devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we continue with Part Two
"Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do"
We complete the mind-numbing, heart-wrenching article by Jonathan Tuttle, a Virginian columnist for The Remnant. This is a factual piece that should rock the rafters of the conservative mind-set among neo-Catholics in respect to the Holy Father's most recent apology and cowtowing to Communist China. We urge all to read this with an open mind and explain to us why in the second part of Who's Sorry, Mao?
 The Sanity of Sanctity
In this issue we present the second in a new series which outlines a return to reverence leading toward holiness. This series will include articles that address this issue. Through the good graces and permission of John Vennari of Catholic Family News we present the first set of articles, with part two of an excellent feature by Cornelia R. Ferreira on Our Blessed Mother and the Return to Holiness
Christ or chaos
Dr. Tom Droleskey continues his series on G.I.R.M. Warfare. He comments on paragraph 72 and 73 on the 'preparation of the gifts' that has evolved into a humanistic, circus atmosphere as Tom explains in his 33rd installment In the Novus Ordo the Offertory leaves little to offer!
Pro Life Prescriptions
Dr. Frank Joseph pinpoints why you won't learn the ABC's about a dangerous fact in schools or especially in the media. He illustrates unmitigated proof of the undeniable evidence to the link between abortions and breast cancer. In England the media is not afraid to publish this information. In America, they are intent on covering this up with lies and silence. Is it because there is no proof and therefore their ethics demand they not publish hearsay? Far from it. It is because they know that if they publish it, they will incriminate themselves for they are living the biggest lie as Dr. Frank shows in The Missing Link and the Lie the Media won't admit!
Liturgy of the Saints
The second week of Advent begins with the Third Day within the Octave of the Immaculate Conception. Monday is also the commemoration of the martyred Pontiff Pope Saint Melchiades or St. Miltiades, followed Tuesday by the Feast of Pope Saint Damasus, Martyr. Wednesday is a holy day in Mexico in celebrating the Our Lady of Guadalupe - now extended to the entire hemisphere as Our Lady of the Americas. Thursday is the Feast of the virgin and martyr Saint Lucy, followed by the Seventh Day of Octave and feast of Saint John of the Cross in the new liturgy. (November 24 in the Traditional liturgy). Saturday is the Octave Day of the Immaculate Conception while Sunday marks the midway point of Advent with Gaudete Sunday when vestments and tabernacle veils are rose and flowers are allowed on the altar. For these feasts see Liturgical Calendar of Traditional Roman Rite For reflections on the Third Sunday of Advent, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
The Great Sacrilege
Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J. has granted permission to publish his entire work which was first published by Tan Books in 1972, and which we urge you to read for everything he wrote back then is backed by the solid depositum fidei - the Sacred Deposit of the Faith and still holds true. It takes up where the Ottaviani Intervention left off as you'll see in Part Eight of Chapter Three - The Roman Rite and Antiquarianism .
Simply Sheen
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen provides the answers to total happiness. It is not in temporal things, but in the Perfect Life, Perfect Truth and Perfect Love that only God can provide and only to man for he has a free will and conscience as this dynamic Bishop points out in The Perfect Will
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the third episode of Chapter Four in Part II - "The Smoldering" Vic sorts through the electronic photos Pat Gallagher has sent from the Field of Death while trying to fend off Blix's annoying phone threats. Meanwhile it's the bewitching hour in Rome as Cardinals Macelli and Vendheim find themselves alone in St. Peter's, fuming over the lost bodies of the Swiss Guard and the Pope. Someone fouled up and they'll have hell to pay if these two Legion of the Basilisk prelates find out who and how.
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In Isaias, to what king did God foretell that a virgin would conceive a Son and He would be called Emmanuel?


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Answer to last quiz: The Commemoration of the Advent Feria is reading of certain collects and readings from the proper of the Mass of the preceding Advent Sunday. The Feria is also observed in Lent and other selected times of the year. The name is derived from the Latin feriae meaning festival day, thus it was adapted by the Church for weekdays during certain liturgical seasons when neither a specific feast or fast day is assigned or the seasonal takes precedence over the minor feast. The Lighting of the Advent Wreath Candles is a special Catholic festival observed both in church and in homes. The circular wreath represents the endless Mercy of the Triune Divinity and is always green to symbolize the hope and faith God's chosen people held for the Coming of the Savior, as well as today hope and faith in the Living Christ and His Church. Each of the four candles represent either a millennium since the time of Adam and Eve leading up to the Coming of Christ, or one of the four centuries from the time of Malachi the prophet to the birth of the Messiah. The lighting each week of another candle represents going from darkness to light. The candle itself represents God's shining Light - Lumen Christi - the Light of Christ and each one signifies a meditation for that week. Three are violet or purple which pertains to fasting and penance in waiting for fulfillment of Sacred Scripture. One is rose signifying joy for the Promise to be fulfilled. The First Week of Advent represents the time of waiting in hopeful anticipation; the second week signifies the time of expectation; the third week means the joy of the Promise of Peace that will come through Christ's ultimate sacrifice for all mankind; and the fourth is the Love God had for His creations that He would send His Only-begotten Son.

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    December 10-16, 2001
    volume 12, no. 160
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