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St. Joseph

Advent Reflection: Learning From the Silence and Way of St. Joseph

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2013

As he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people ...

An Advent Poem: The Star Still Shines

By • Catholic Online • 12/19/2013

Oh, star set high in a winter sky by God's almighty hand stretch forth thy light and shine tonighton men in every land.In hearts renew the flame that drew proud kings to an Infant's birth - the first crusade when a humble maid gave God to the hungry earth. ATHENS, GA. (Catholic Online) - The Star ...

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near

By • Catholic Online • 12/15/2013

Christian joy does not depend on circumstances, but on relationship. A relationship with the Lord who always comes to those who have eyes opened by living faith.On this Gaudete Sunday let us embrace by grace the way of humility and find the happiness of heaven - beginning on earth. St. ...

Immaculate Conception

Mother of the Re-Created World: St. Anselm on the Immaculate Conception

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2013

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as ...

Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary and Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2013

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as you preserved her from every stain by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you foresaw, so, through her intercession, we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your ...

Second Sunday of Advent Homily: Do You Want To Experience the Kingdom of Heaven?

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2013

St. Augustine noted that the human heart remains forever restless until it rests in God. This is so because God the Father created us for himself, and calls us to enter into eternal communion with him. That our destiny is God is the reason for our unceasing thirst for the kingdom of heaven. The Son ...

As they rode away, without returning to Jerusalem, the Three Wise Men must have asked each other why a child born in a manger to a carpenter and his young wife would pose any threat to Herod, or the Empire itself. But then, the night had been extraordinary in other ways. They had not been the only ones to pay tribute - they had knelt as kings next to shepherds who reported being summoned by angels.

Dr Deal Hudson on Why the Wise Men Followed the Star

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2013

Thus, from the East the Wise Men came, from the crucible of civilization, the most ancient of learned cultures, to the court of Herod in Jerusalem. Whether they were deceived by Herod's flattery we do not know, nor do we know if they sensed his murderous intent in asking them to return and report ...

Advent: Mary, John the Baptist and Pope Francis Call Us to Gospel Joy

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2013

Let us respond to the invitation of Pope Francis and follow his example. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate the fruit of Gospel joy within us. Let us embrace by grace the way of humility demonstrated by John the Baptizer and Mary and find the happiness of heaven - beginning right here on ...

Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D, is president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine. He is the Senior Correspondent for Church and Culture and a contributing writer for Catholic Online.

Dr. Deal W Hudson on Why God Became Man

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2013

With the Incarnation, the good news of deliverance and redemption entered the human field of vision, made available to even the most depraved of minds. The Word becoming present to the senses and through the senses to the mind transfigured  human existence. The way of knowing called Faith ...

Fr. Randy Sly on Advent as a Time for Reflection,Repentance and Renewal

By • Catholic Online • 12/2/2013

As Advent comes each year, I like to reflect on how I have lived with respect to my life of devotion and service. Am I availing myself of the Sacraments? Am I praying, reading the Scriptures, and spending time in personal formation? Am I becoming the salt and light to the world that I am called to ...

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