January 2, 2000

Feast of Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen , Bishops and Doctors of the Church

volume 12, no. 2
January 2, 2001

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Mary, Mother of God Over the years reverence, necessity and edification has been sacrificed for expediency and convenience. Making Holy Days of Obligation non-obligatory sends a message that they are not as important as they once were. How could we ever think that?

    Symphony of SufferingCyndi Cain    In her twenty-third installment, Cyndi Cain laments the fact that in many dioceses the faithful didn't exactly get started off on the right foot when the bishops made the glorious Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God an option rather than an obligation. It makes it that much easier to party harder and longer on New Year's Eve without having to get up for Mass the next morning. Hangover be damned It makes it that much easier to roll out of bed and turn on the Rose Parade or endless Bowl games then making the effort to attend Holy Mass. Yes the Church in America has made practicing our faith an option and easier and, in so doing, they have made it that much tougher for Catholics to comprehend Christ's uncompromising Gospel of carrying our cross daily. To counteract that modern conformity, Cyndi recommends going to the Blessed Mother in confidence and intercession to help pave the way for a grace-filled and fruitful New Year in 2001, one that will bring us all closer to our ultimate destination. How we live our lives now will better determine the results at that time. For her column, Solemnity should be kept solemn! see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.


    First Reading: 1 John 2: 22-28
    Psalms: Psalm 98: 1-4
    Gospel Reading: John 1: 19-28

St. Basil Feast of Saints Basil and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

        God our Father, You inspired the Church with the example and teaching of Your Saints Basil and Gregory. In humility may we come to know Your truth and put it into action with faith and love.

For today's Feast of Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen and tomorrow's Feast in Christmastide, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Tuesday's Mass

"John said to them in answer, 'I baptize with water; but in the midst of you there has stood One Whom you do not know. He it is who is to come after me, Who has been set above me, the strap of Whose sandal I am not worthy to loose." And if he happen to find it, amen I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so, it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that a single one of these little ones should perish."

John 1: 26-27

Ninth Day of Christmas=Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ninth Day of Christmas
"On the ninth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me nine ladies dancing"

    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 nine ladies dancing is not about partying but rather the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit as described in Galatians 5: 22 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, modedesty and continency." These fruits helped Catholics to practice the virtues and remind fellow Catholics how to stay out of harm's way as far as their souls were concerned.

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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

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope John II    Today is the 1,468th anniversary of the election of Pope John II, the 56th successor of the Apostle Peter. Born in Rome, his pontificate only lasted slighly over two years. He died on May 8, 535. He was the first of the Sovereign Pontiffs to change his name, something that became quite regular after him. His original birth name was Mercurius and, because it was a pagan name after the Roman god Mercury, he decided to change it to John. The edict of Altaric decreed to the world that the Pope of Rome was the head of all the bishops of the world, setting the precedent as the Sovereign Pontiff above all and establishing the hierarchy in the Church. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see DAILY TIMELINES IN CHURCH HISTORY

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenHonesty isn't as honest anymore. Honest!

       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".

      " It has often been said, 'Honesty is the best policy,' on the grounds that it will keep you out of trouble and make you admired. Someone has remarked concerning it, 'He who acts upon this principle is not an honest man.' It would seem however, that there is some decline in honesty, for there is now one major crime committed in the United States for every sixty persons. In the last ten years, the crime rate in the United States has been exploding at a rate four times as fast as the rate of the growth of our population."
    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 more Our Lady's Christmas message for December and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    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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