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FRI-SAT-SUN      December 10-12, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 235

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The Power of the Rosary through the Message of Medjugorje

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto resumes relating a story from a friend who experienced conversion through God's providence and His Blessed Mother's secret weapon - the Rosary. It all began in Medjugorje after her dear friend Kathy, like so many other millions, had read about the "Miracle of Medjugorje" from Wayne Weible and heard the call of Our Lady to come to her special Oasis of Peace in then Yugoslavia back in 1988. Sister writes from Kathy's point of view in sharing how Kathy's heart was moved to pray with the heart for that is truly the crux in getting to the heart of the matter as Sister Lucy shows in the fourth of a multiple series. For her column this weekend, Kathy's Rosary Story part five, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER



    This weekend we celebrate on Friday the Second Friday of Advent and the Second Saturday of Advent, shared by the Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I while on Sunday the Third Sunday of Advent or Gaudete Sunday overshadows the festive Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We begin the third week commemorating the Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on WEEKEND LITURGY

Friday, December 10, 1999

Saturday, December 11, 1999

Feast of Pope Saint Damasus 1

SUNDAY, December 12, 1999

Though it is preceded by Gaudete Sunday, December 12th is the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Monday, December 13, 1999

Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Appreciation of the Existence of God

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We feature today an installment on the Existence of God. To those atheists and doubters, the lesson today provides undeniable proof that He exists. In fact, those were the first words of the Blessed Mother of God when she first appeared to the visionaries in Medjugorje on June 25, 1981: "I have come to tell you God exists." For the sixty-eighth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Material things cannot fill our hunger

    They say a picture is worth 1000 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 luminarydid 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".

"The prodigal son was seeking something good for himself - something to satisfy his hunger - when he tried to live on husks; he was wrong only in his judgment, in thinking husks as food for a man. All of us are in the same predicament as he. We are forever trying to fill our lives, our minds, our bodies, our homes with 'goods,' and we accept nothing unless it seems, at the moment, to have some good in it. But our estimates are not always correct; we may mistake an apparent for a real good, thus injuring ourselves."

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December 10-12, 1999 volume 10, no. 235  DAILY CATHOLIC