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MONDAY      December 20, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 241

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Through signs and symbols handed down we are reminded that Jesus is the reason for the season

    In his column today, Pat Ludwa shares with us some of the meanings of the symbols and traditions that have been adapted over the years; many that today are considered secular in nature have their roots in Catholic meaning from the Christmas Tree to the candy cane. He shows how Christmas on December 25th evolved as the set date and how Saint Francis of Assisi played an integral role in reminding the people that of the immense blessing of Christmas. Pat also brings us a brief overview of the meaning behind the "Twelve Days of Christmas", which we will detail further in the Christmas issue. All of these things were to remind Christians that Jesus and the legacy He left through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic is the reason for the season, if not every day of the year. For his column today, The signs and symbols of Christmas , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

The signs and symbols of Christmas


Pope laments state of the world today in respect to the absence of God, the vast indifference, and lack of reverence for the sacred

    Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II from last Wednesday December 15th at Paul VI Hall where roughly 8,000 gathered in the spacious auditorium to hear the Holy Father rue the loss of the sense of God and the disastrous repercussions of that attitude. He blamed it on "a nihilistic culture which relativizes fundamental values such as those of the family and of respect for life." Quoting from his various encyclicals, conciliar documents, and Scripture, the Pope showed that in the new millennium Christians must make up for the causes and effects of this indifference to God by truly living the Gospel and being shining examples of living what we preach. For the Pope's words on his talk, "Message of Love to Confront the Loss of God in Society" , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

"Message of Love to Confront the Loss of God in Society"


Appreciation of the Books of the Old Testament

    Today we continue our search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith with our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture, presenting an overview of each of the Old Testament books, featuring today the Books of 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings as well as Chronicles, Ezra, Esther and Job. For the seventy-fourth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

THE BIBLE: THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL AND KINGS TO JOB

SAMUEL 1 and 2 or KINGS 1 and 2:

KINGS 3 and 4:

PARALIPOMENON 1 and 2 or CHRONICLES 1 and 2:

ESDRAS or EZRA

NEHEMIAS or THE SECOND OF ESDRAS

TOBIAS

JUDITH

ESTHER

JOB


Events Today in Church History

    On this day 953 years ago in 1046, Pope Gregory VI, 148th successor of Peter, was removed as Sovereign Pontiff through the interference of secular powers in the person of Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor who usurped spiritual powers at the Synod of Sutri. He had already forced Gregory's predecessor Pope Benedict IX to abdicate. To Gregory is attributed the first papal army, formed to protect him from Henry III and his forces. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for December 20:



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December 20, 1999 volume 10, no. 241  DAILY CATHOLIC