December 29, 2000
Fifth Day in Octave of Christmas
Optional Feast of Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr

volume 11, no. 276
December 29, 2000

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Artwork 'I Knew You' by Shannon Wirrenga, Bismarck, ND,  (701-255-7312) 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.

    The elections are over, but the battle for life is not. We cannot give up the fight. Please continue to pray that President George W. Bush and his cabinet will promote legislation for the Sanctity of Life and pray for those pro-abort congressmen, senators and governors 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. For more see, PRO LIFE FOR LIFE

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

Ego te absolvo

Through Ordination the priest serves as Alter Christus for he has been given the power by Jesus Christ to forgive sins and thank God this is possible because there are plenty of sinners out there who need the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column this week she continues on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this week providing the first part of her recommended "Examination of Conscience" exercise as she provides points to contemplate on each commandment in helping us all scrutinize our life and strive for sanctity by weeding out sins - both mortal and venial. This exercise shows what the causes are and we can change the effects to good by sticking to the regiment of reducing sin and vice in our life by supplanting it with virtue. Through the privacy and even therapy of Confession we are able to acknowledge before God and man, isolate the causes for our sins, and effectively work on eradicating the weeds of sin in our soul. Just as we need baths and showers regularly to keep our bodies clean, so also we need the Sacrament of Reconciliation to keep our souls clean. It's common sense. God hasn't changed. The Sacrament hasn't changed. But we have by denying we need it that much. Father Don Stefano Gobbi remarked often while on tour in America, "So many going to communion, so few to confession." Jesus is still there waiting, and waiting, and waiting to absolve us through the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation. Pray that His priests will understand this and make it more available and necessary than a half hour on Saturday afternoons. Pray that the bishops will re-emphasize the need for Confession. Pray that the people will listen and respond. For her column, entitled Acute awareness in examining our consciences see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


    First Reading: 1 John 2: 12-17
    Psalms: Psalm 96: 1-3, 5-6
    Gospel Reading: Luke 2: 22-35

Optional Feast of Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr
       Almighty God, You granted the martyr Thomas the grace to give his life for the cause of justice. By his prayers make us willing to renounce for Christ our life in this world so that we may find it in Heaven.

      Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Optional Mass commemorating Saint Thomas Becket.
For today's Liturgy and tomorrow's liturgy for the Sixth Octave of Christmas, see DAILY LITURGY

Fifth Day of Christmas=Five rings represent the first five books of the Bible and devotion to Our Lady and her Holy Rosary

Fifth Day of Christmas
"On the fifth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me five golden rings"

    So many have misinterpreted the Twelve Days of Christmas with a secular meaning, but they fail to realize that, in fact, they were a "secret catechism code" sung by persecuted Roman Catholics from the Protestant Reformation through the French Revolution. It was their way of communicating their faith much in the same manner the early Christians did with symbols such as the fish. The five golden rings represent both the first Five Books of the Old Testament or the Pentatuch which reminded fellow Catholics of the roots and, after the devotion became more widespread and known, the Five Decades of the Rosary and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Saint Innocent I     Today is the 1,599th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Innocent I He became the 40th successor of Peter on this date in 401. During his sixteen year pontificate he withstood the sacking of Rome by Alaric and his Goths. He also pursuaded the Roman Emperor Honorius to tone down the bloody contests at the Colosseum and other arenas by prohibiting gladiators. He died on March 12, 417. Pope Saint Innocent will forever be remembered as the Supreme Pontiff who established the Roman rite, establishing Latin as the official language of the Church. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenPassion must have compassion

   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".

    "To revive passion in hearts, one must first understand it. Passion signifies receiving or suffering something or submitting to something. From this, follow two indispensable conditions for passion: knowledge, and some organic or physical change in our sensible nature."

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    The Gospa's message for December Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 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 December and more, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    1 FRIDAY     no. 276
    December 29
    5th Day in Octave
    Opt: St. Thomas Becket

    2 SATURDAY     no. 277
    December 30
    Sixth Day in
    Octave of Christmas
    3 SUNDAY     no. 278
    December 31

    4 MONDAY     no. 1
    January 1

    5 TUESDAY     no. 2
    January 2
    St. Basil the Great and
    St. Gregory Nazianzen

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 3
    January 3
    Weekday in

    7 THURSDAY     no. 4
    January 4
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
    Foundress & Educator

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