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CHRISTMAS ISSUE      December 23-27, 1998      SECTION THREE       vol 9, no. 248

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New ports on the horizon as the DAILY CATHOLIC sails into the final year of the second millennium

     In this weekend's editorial we at last can set aside politics and focus on the reason for the season - Christ and what He has left us - His Holy Church. That is the reason for the existence of the DAILY CATHOLIC and we announce some of the plans in the offing for 1999, adding new features that we hope will not only attract more readers, but bring more souls to understand the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith and use these tools for evangelizing others. For our commentary The present will be our most secure present! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The present will be our most secure present!

Michael Cain, editor

December Decorations that illuminate our souls through two Christmas poems

     For our Christmas issue we bring you two special poems focusing on the reason for the season. With apologies to Clement Moore for slight plagiarism, we present a twist on his famous "Twas the night before Christmas" with a different take from a Catholic viewpoint as well as a heart-rending selection by an anonymous writer who has discovered something better than Christmas - Heaven. For the Food for Thought poems "Christmas in Heaven" and "Twas the night before Christ's Mass", click on DECEMBER DECORATIONS THAT ENHANCE FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
      Today's food for thought are two very poignant poems that are actually prayers and definitely moving. The first a story is anonymous but it comes from the viewpoint of a soul who has just entered Heaven and cannot describe in earthly words the majestic celebration of eternal Christmas in "Christmas in Heaven." The second is a take-off on "Twas the night before Christmas" and, with consideration to Clement Moore and Bethany House, we present an adaptation of this well-known poem from a Catholic point of view entitled, "Twas the night before Christ's Mass".

Christmas in Heaven

Twas the night before Christ's Mass

Events in Church History

      On December 25th in 1223 the beloved Saint Francis of Assisi displayed the first creche scene depicting the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the manger with the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph along with the cadre of shepherds and animals and three kings of the Orient. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on December 23rd through December 27th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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December 23-27, 1998 volume 9, no. 248   DAILY CATHOLIC