volume 8, no. 50
December 11, 1997
Advent is the time to Prepare!
As we near the half-way point of Advent many of us are preparing feverishly for Christmas. But are we preparing the way Christ asks or the way the modern false prophets cajole us through their clever ads and glitzy come-ons. The malls are a mess this time of the year - a bustle of activity where people's priorities are a far cry from what that little Babe intended nearly 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. Meanwhile there are so few in the churches except for the faithful remnant who truly realize what Advent means. Maybe because everyone is out shopping that denotes why this is a slow news day with no word yet from the Synod to include in today's edition. But we do have plenty to keep you focused on the meaning of Advent, beginning with messages one hundred eight and one hundred nine from the Blessed Mother to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Preparing for the Persecution
Our on-going megaseries on the Church today continues in the vein of dealing with the false prophets of the American Church, focusing today on the decade of the eighties when lukewarmness took centerstage among many of God's flock and the liberal left worked underground to lay the seeds of dissension and doubt. Chapter fifty, entitled "The Enigmatic Eighties Eat Away at the Etiquette of all that is Holy," continues the clarion Wake-up call to all Catholics.
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Pope prompts us to prepare for Millennium
The Holy Father in his next-to-last weekly papal audience in Paul VI Hall this year, stressed the importance of not just looking ahead to Christ's Coming but to being with Him forever. Pope John Paul II added that that is up to us in how we handle the precious time we have here on earth. Eternity to read more.
Columbian Bishop Finally Freed
After a two week stint in Bogata, Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero, the Ordinary of Tibu was finally released from incarceration by communist rebels and handed over to the Red Cross. It gave the Catholic prelate not only a new lease on life, but a new respect for something we all take too much for granted: freedom. Columbia to read more.
Will Castro play Santa Claus to Cuban Catholics this Christmas?
The bishops of Cuba are hoping and praying that he will by allowing Cuba to officially celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas as a national holiday, a feast that has been banned for nearly thirty years. Because of the impending visit by the Pope in January, Cuban Church officials are hoping Castro will not say "Bah, Humbug!" Cuban Christmas to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY "Prepare your outdoor tasks, and arrange your work in the field; afterward you can establish your house." |
Proverbs 24: 27
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- Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column on Preparing for the Christmas Season during Advent with "God wants you to be Holy"
- Reflections on Sacred Scripture in "Come Unto Me", specifically Paul's Letter to the Ephesians on Gaudete
- More Catechism Capsules on the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- More on the Synod of America as it winds down its final day
- 16th installment of Vatican Document on Laity
- ...and much, much more!