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December 25, 1997   vol 8, no.60

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Christmas Message from Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

During this holy season wherein we celebrate the Birth of Jesus, we become extremely "gift-conscious." Life is indeed one of God's greatest gifts to us, but is not thee super gift. What could be greater? Assuredly, it must be... Click on Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. to read the rest.
      During this holy season wherein we celebrate the Birth of Jesus, we become extremely "gift-conscious." Life is indeed one of God's greatest gifts to us, but is not thee super gift. What could be greater? Assuredly, it must be the Gift of Jesus. The Gift of Jesus is indeed one of God's great gifts, and it could even be considered as one of His choice Super Gifts. Included in this choice Super Gift are included so many other gifts such as Mary, the Church, the Holy Father and the like. Even the Gift of the Holy Spirit is included in Super Gift of Jesus for it was Jesus explicitly Who gave us the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit Who reminds us of all the things that Jesus taught and still teaches through His Church. One of these is that we are able to ask of God and if we ask, we will receive. What is it that we receive? Still other gifts. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit we will be prompted just what to ask for and that prompting will include requests for less best gifts.

      Let me offer you a special "holiday hint" and a short cut for your Christmas spiritual "wish list." If you would like to receive this very special super, colossal gift, go to Mary, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Sincerely, from the depth of your heart, ask her to help you to ask for this gift. She will respond to you most quickly. She knows that time is short, and knows well how important it is in these troubled times for you to be directly and completely under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

      We know what it is to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, television, bad companions and the like. Why waste time with any of these if we have an opportunity to put ourselves under the influence of the Holy Spirit? No matter what, as human beings, we find a need to be under influence. Why not opt for the best gift!?! There is nothing better in all of life than to live each moment of the day and night under the loving influence of the Holy Spirit Who we celebrate in Year Two of the Holy Father's three-year countdown to Jubilee 2000. I wish you all a blessed, super, colossal Spirit-filled Christmas and a New Year that will dawn for you full of His loving influence.

Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

Christmas Message from Michael and Cyndi

As we celebrate that time nearly 2000 years ago when a tiny Babe in swaddling clothes forever changed the world, let us pause and give thanks for all He has given us and remember the extreme love and care lavished on Him by His loving... Click on Michael and Cyndi Cain to read the rest.
      As we near that time nearly 2000 years ago when a tiny Babe in swaddling clothes forever changed the world, let us pause and give thanks for all He has given us and remember the extreme love and care lavished on Him by His loving Mother - the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is one of His gifts He gives us daily - His very Own Mother to guide us and protect us as our Heavenly Mother. So as we wish the Christ child a very Happy Birthday this Christmas morning while we kneel before the crib, let us not forget to add "we love you, Mom" to His loving Mom. What mother doesnít love that kind of reply? What son doesnít appreciate respect for his mother? The same with Jesus. Thatís one of the great gifts we can give to Him on His birthday - love and respect for His Mother - for without Blessed Mary, we wouldnít have her Divine Son!

      God bestows so much love on all of us and this ministry is just a small way we are able to exhibit our love for Him and His loving Mother Mary who guides us, reprimands us, and encourages us to continue to fight the good fight and look to Heaven for all our answers.

      On Christmas day, our sentiments turn also to our readers and long-time supporters. Words cannot express our gratitude for your wonderful love and encouragement over these past seven years. Almighty God, His angels and His saints, not to mention His Blessed Mother, have bestowed on our ministry and on our family a hundred-fold blessings in the many wonderful friends we have gained over this time. As we pause to reflect on what Christmas truly means, let us all strive to learn Godís special language which Father Al speaks so eloquently about above and let us turn our tensions and stress of the Christmas rush into a special song for the Christ child as Sister Mary Lucy suggests and realize the presents we are given in the present present of the Holy Spirit as Father Stephen focuses on, and on the greatest Gift of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist which Father John pinpoints. Our humble gift to you is our prayers for you and your loved ones which we spiritually place on the patten at the Offertory at Daily Mass. May God richly bless you during this season of great joy and may His loving Mother Mary ever shield you in the safe harbor of her protective and Immaculate Mantle in the new year and beyond.

Michael and Cyndi Cain

Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th

    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

PROVERB OF THE DAY

"The Lord begot Me, the first-born of His ways, the forerunner of His prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth."

Proverbs 8: 22-23

Merry Christmas!

on the First Day of Christmas

Actually, the Twelve Days of Christmas were a secret "catechism" sung by Roman Catholics after the Reformation in countries such as England where they were not allowed to practice their faith. Thus, to communicate with fellow Catholics and truly celebrate the Birth of Christ as the Savior in the Catholic tradition without fear of reprisal, they formed this "carol" which represented "religious reality" in symbols. This was also used often during the French Revolution.

The "True Love" is God the Father. The Partridge in a pear tree is the Holy Trinity - in particular the Holy Spirit (the Dove) and Jesus Christ Who is known as the "Second Adam". We all know that the fall of man derived around an apple tree. A pear tree ties into this analogy and elevates the redemption.

In each issue we will describe each day of Christmas and the hidden Catholic meaning to the song. Many do not realize that the Twelve Days of Christmas are after Christmas - not before, and cover the time between Christmas Day and the Feast of Epiphany which had traditionally been celebrated on January 6th.


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