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MONDAY      December 6, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 231

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Pope focuses on family values in face of mounting pressures against sacred institution of marriage

    In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience Pope John Paul II reemphasized the need to uphold family values, noting the attacks on the family worldwide today by those who disregard God's Will and hit at the very foundation of God's sacred institution. The Pope shows how they mock God the Father with civil legislation that has eroded the bond between man and woman as the Father intended. The Holy Father shows the fullness of familial love and unity through the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity. For the Pope's words on his talk, "Responsibility for Promotion of the Family," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

"Responsibility for the Promotion of the Family"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Appreciation of The Apostles' Creed

    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 our second installment on The Apostles' Creed, encompassing the beliefs and truths of our Catholic Faith, outlining the twelve articles of belief that every Catholic must profess in order to be a Roman Catholic in good standing. For the sixty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


First Article of The Apostles Creed part two

Events Today in Church History

    On this day 49 years ago in 1950 a little over a month after declaring the Dogma of the Assumption, Pope Pius XII issued his 20th of 41 encyclicals - Mirabile illud which dealt with a crusade for prayers in petitioning peace for the Korean War had broken out and there was unrest in Eastern Europe as well with the shadow of the hammer and sickle over the land. 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 6:

Our daily work can be the greatest of prayers

      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".

"The sweeping of a floor, the driving of a garbage-truck, the checking of a list of boxcar numbers - all these can be 'made good' through a simple act of the will which directs them to the service of God. The simplest task can be given spiritual significance and made Divine."


   Today is the Second Monday of Advent, but also the Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop who many attribute to the Christian origin of the tradition known as Santa Claus which today has become so secular. Throughout Europe his feast is celebrated by the children with great joy. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Monday, December 6, 1999

Saint Nicholas, Bishop

Tuesday, December 7, 1999

Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

     With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

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December 6, 1999 volume 10, no. 231  DAILY CATHOLIC