DAILY CATHOLIC   CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR'S ISSUE   December 24, 1999 - January 2, 2000   vol. 10, no. 245

FATHER AL's CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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Each of you shines bright with the Star of Bethlehem

    Dear Friends of Mary,
       Once again it is my joy and privilege to extend special Christmas greetings and blessings to all readers of this publication. Since All Saints Day in 1997, this magnificent ministry has provided you with the DailyCATHOLIC Monday through Friday, the only and first ever regular dailyCatholic publication on the internet.

        The year 1999 has been significant in so many ways. In addition to the tremendous response to the "hits" on the Catholic-Internet Network, we have another success story. In 1999, through the generosity of a benefactor, all of the messages to the world given to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart between September 1990 and June 1995 were published in a magnificent volume entitled: "I Solemnly Tell You..." If you have not obtained a copy of this volume I encourage you to contact MIR-A-CALL Center at the DailyCATHOLIC offices in California.

        "I bring you good tidings of great joy!" How consoling it is to reflect on those words of the angel from the first Christmas. Great joy indeed! Our God has chosen to live among us, to bring us new hope, new light. As Christians, as Catholics I strongly believe we should extend the spirit of Christmas everyday of the year. We could easily subscribe to that famous Gift List that anyone can afford every day of our life. These gifts are: The Gift of Listening; The Gift of Signs of Affection; The Gift of a Note; The Gift of Laughter; The Gift of a Game; The Gift of Doing a Favor; The Gift of a Compliment; The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition; and, most importantly, The Gift of Prayer.

        I would like to share with you a Christmas story. We all remember the story of how a new star led the wise men from the East to the manger in Bethlehem. A few days after the wise men found Jesus there was a meeting of all the angels who had been involved in placing the new star in the sky, which had been named "The Star of Bethlehem." The angels gathered to discuss what should be done with the star, now that it had fulfilled its purpose. It was no longer needed. What to do with it? There was endless discussion among the angels, with first one proposal and then another. Finally it was decided unanimously that the Star of Bethlehem would be broken into billions of little pieces and one tiny piece would be put in the eye of each baby at birth. Our task is to look for that piece of star in every person's eye. It is truly there if only we look for it.

        Christmas is a time to glory and revel in the Birth of Christ. Let us sing with the angels, adore with the shepherds, give with the Magi and join each other in silently turning the stable of our existence into a glorious place to worship the New Born Son, Jesus Christ.

        My prayer for each and everyone of you is as follows: "God of time and of eternity, with Christmas joy we praise you for the blessings of the year gone by and for the New Year we have begun. Your Son comes among us to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim a year acceptable in Your sight. Knit us in harmony and love. Fill this new year with mercy and compassion, with prosperity and accord as we join the angels in proclaiming Your praise: 'Glory in Heaven and Peace on earth, now and forever.' "

        Please continue to pray for the spiritual success of this wonderful ministry of MIR-A-CALL Center and the DailyCATHOLIC. Tell your friends about this magnificent ministry which has literally reached tens of thousands of people. May God bless you abundantly this Christmas and through the coming New Year of the the New Millennium of 2000. This is my HOPE! This is my WISH! This is my PRAYER! for each and every one of you.

    Sincerely in Christ,

Father Al Svobodny, O.M.I.


December 24, 1999 - January 2, 2000      volume 10, no. 245
Christmas Message

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