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January 1, 1998
volume 9, no. 1    
January 1, 1998

1998: Year of the Holy Spirit

Solemnity of the Mother of God: Spouse of the Holy Spirit in the Year of the Holy Spirit as we countdown 730 days to Jubilee 2000
     Fittingly the first day of 1998 is dedicated to the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and "woman of Hope" as the second stage begins in the trilogy year celebration leading to the millennium which Pope John Paul II had proclaimed Jubilee 2000. As we complete the Year of Jesus Christ, Son and begin the Year of the Holy Spirit, we are filled with awe at God's Mercy and Love in the face of a world whose heart has collectively hardened to all the Holy Trinity asks. The year 1998 will be a pivotal year. That has been documented by many saints and visionaries over the years, and the Blessed Virgin Mary herself to Father Don Stefano Gobbi and to Saint John Bosco in a vision he received well over a hundred years ago pertaining to the final years of the twentieth century. We are indeed in those times prophesied and God's greatest emissary is His very Own Mother whose obedient maternity we celebrate today. Click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

A special New Year's Message from Our Lord and Our Lady
Immaculate HeartSacred Heart     The Blessed Mother imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart a very special New Year's message in 1992 and her Divine Son conveys a pertinent message on January 1, 1995; both are incorporated within the 632 messages from the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Today is the Eighth Day in the Octave of Christmas
     The first day of the new year is also the eighth day of Christmas as we have been documenting in each issue this past week. Today we feature the eighth verse of the popular Christmas carol "Twelve Days of Christmas" which, in truth, was a mini catechism in code for Catholics who were not allowed to practice their faith openly during the time after the Reformation up to the French Revolution. The "True Love" refers to God the Father and each gift is truly a Divine Gift that helped Catholics persevere and perpetuate the tenets of the One, True Faith in the face of great harassment.

Thursday, January 1
"On the eighth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, eight maids a-milking."

=Eight Beatitudes

The eight maids a-milking represent the Eight Beatitudes preached by Jesus Christ on His sermon on the mount and which Catholics, no matter how persecuted, could practice good deeds through the Beatitudes and gain great consolation and courage from these.

Following is a review of the first seven days of Christmas:

1Christ is the Partridge=Christ the King

2two turtle doves=Old TestamentNew Testament

3three French hens= FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY

4Four calling birds=Four Gospels

5Five golden rings=Five Decades of the Rosary

6Six geese a-laying=Six Days of Creation

7Seven swans a-swiming=Seven Sacraments and Gifts

Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th
The Gospa     Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call!
For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE
Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit

Year of
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Illustration copyright by J. Gennaro

with a Catholic slant
    Holy Father ushers out 1997 with promise of hope for 1998
          Finishing up 1997, the Pope made his traditional year-end address as the Bishop of Rome to a packed congregation in the center of the city of Rome attended by many Roman political dignitaries, in which he once again expressed hope and joy as the journey towards Jubilee 2000 grows shorter every day. Click on Bishop of Rome to read more.

    Poles run into obstacle on sex ed: It's called politics Polish-style
          No sooner had Poland celebrated the fact abortion would be banned than another vice reared its ugly head and was given new life by political hardliners much to the dismay of concerned parents who do not want sex education taught in their schools. Click on angry Poles to read more.

    Cuba Caritas receives much needed medical supplies via American Cardinal on New Year's Eve
          The first flux of US Bishops heading to Cuba for this month's papal visit began just before the year ended when Baltimore's Cardinal William Keeler, on a humanitarian mission, brought a substantial amount of antibiotics for Caritas in Cuba. He was welcomed by Cuba's head prelate Cardinal Jaime Ortega. Click on Cuba to read more.

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In honor of Mary, Mother of God


      Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence I fly unto to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you do I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

"Observe, My son, your Father's bidding, and rejeact not your Mother's teaching; keep them fastened over your heart always, put them around your neck."

Proverbs 6: 20-21

DAILY CATHOLIC for Past Issues

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  • First PewPoint of the new year
  • The Meaning of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Days of Christmas
  • ...and more in our second issue for 1998!

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January 1, 1998       volume 9, no. 1
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January 1998