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Fr Peter M. J. Stravinskas: Epiphany and the Missionary Mandate of the Church

Fr Peter M. J. Stravinskas: Epiphany and the Missionary Mandate of the Church

Christmas / Advent

By Fr Peter M. J. Stravinskas,Ph.D., S.T.D.

Today the Magi bring the Infant Lord gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and I am sure these pleased the Heart of God.  But if those ...

Love is Born on Christmas Morn and the World is Born Again

Love is Born on Christmas Morn and the World is Born Again Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

On the wonderful day called Christ-Mass, the world pauses at a manger. The great event of the Nativity of the Lord touches every man, woman and ...

Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christmas: In the Fullness of Time a Savior Has Come

Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christmas: In the Fullness of Time a Savior Has Come Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Permit me to make a suggestion.  Give yourself a Christmas gift this year - the gift of spiritual homelessness, so that God can give you a ...

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus was an Embryonic Person

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus was an Embryonic Person Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Tomorrow we  commemorate the Nativity of the Lord. Let us always remember the incredible truth revealed in the Mystery which we celebrate, there ...

Amazing Realities of Christmas and the Incarnation

Amazing Realities of Christmas and the Incarnation Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Michael Terheyden

When we think of the birth of Christ in terms of the Incarnation, our understanding of Christmas changes. It is no longer a remote event. It is near ...

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Frederick Bartels

Advent is about seeking God, the most noble of all pursuits. Nevertheless, such a pursuit is one in which we are engaged each day, not merely ...

Advent: A Time To Seek Answers To Humankind's Most Pressing Questions

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Christmas / Advent

By F. K. Bartels

When Pilate questioned Jesus, "'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the ...

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

Christmas / Advent

By F. K. Bartels

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to ...

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Christian joy does not depend on circumstances, but on relationship. A relationship with the Lord who always comes to those who have eyes opened ...

Learning from Elijah in the Advent Season of Life

Learning from Elijah in the Advent Season of Life Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I spend a lot of time under the broom tree as I grow older. I see it as a holy place, a place of invitation, in the unfolding loving plan of God ...

ADVENT CONVERSION: Is it Possible to Stop Sinning? 5 Ways we can Sin Less

ADVENT CONVERSION: Is it Possible to Stop Sinning? 5 Ways we can Sin Less

Christmas / Advent

By Fr Samuel Medley SOLT

The Sacred Liturgy for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and also for the holy season of Advent points us to stop sinning. Make straight the ...

Archbishop  JOSÉ H. GOMEZ: Advent is Always a Season of Mary

Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ: Advent is Always a Season of Mary

Christmas / Advent

By Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ

St. Thomas Aquinas used to say that besides God our Father, Mary is the only other one who could rightly call Jesus, 'Son.' Because she is the mother ...

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deal W. Hudson

No matter how fine the music, say Bach's Mass in B minor, a poor performance will leave the listener wondering where the "greatness" went. So the ...

Outrageous and shocking: New-age Advent calendars stray away from Advent's true meaning

Outrageous and shocking: New-age Advent calendars stray away from Advent's true meaning Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The anticipation is brewing and the time is amongst us. Advent is a time to come together to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the ...

John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom

John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Too often we associate repentance with some kind of wrong- headed self hatred. To the contrary, for those who have been schooled in its lessons like ...

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent Watch

Christmas / Advent

By F. K. Bartels

The Church, explains John Paul II, "proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary, who 'advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and loyally ...

100 Best Catholic Movies

100 Best Catholic Movies

Christmas / Advent

By Deal W. Hudson

It's regrettable that Catholic educators have yet to regard cinema as an important artistic tradition, one that should be studied along with ...

John the Baptist is our Advent Teacher on the Way of Happiness

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Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Advent is a reminder of the road along which we walk this Christian life and vocation. Bernard was right. We live in that intermediate time ...

Advent Catechesis: Pope Benedict XVI on the Benevolent Plan of God

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Christmas / Advent

By Pope Benedict XVI

He came into the world, becoming a man like us , to bring His plan of love to fullness. And God demands that we become a sign of his action in the ...

Advent Homily: St. Bernard on the Three Comings of the Lord

Advent Homily: St. Bernard on the Three Comings of the Lord Watch

Christmas / Advent

By St Bernard of Clairvaux

We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are. The first ...

St Ephrem of Syria: Keep watch - He Will Come Again

St Ephrem of Syria: Keep watch - He Will Come Again Watch

Christmas / Advent

By St Ephrem

To prevent his disciples from asking the time of his coming, Christ said: About that hour no one knows, neither the angels nor the Son. It is not ...

St Gregory Nazianzen on the Wonder of the Incarnation

St Gregory Nazianzen on the Wonder of the Incarnation Watch

Christmas / Advent

By St Gregory Nazianzen

The very Son of God, older than the ages, the invisible, the incomprehensible, the incorporeal, the beginning of beginning, the light of light, ...

100 Best Catholic Novels. Or, How to Buy a Catholic Library for Christmas

100 Best Catholic Novels. Or, How to Buy a Catholic Library for Christmas

Christmas / Advent

By Deal W. Hudson

I welcome any controversy that may ensue from this list; in fact I will be disappointed if no one takes me to task. I'm always anxious to learn of ...

Las Posadas - a Catholic Hispanic Tradition

Las Posadas - a Catholic Hispanic Tradition Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Fr. James Farfaglia

The Posadas are not to be confused with a mere Christmas party.  Instead, the Posadas should be seen as a religious event. 

Fr Randy Sly: Advent is a Time for Preparation

Fr Randy Sly: Advent is a Time for Preparation Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Fr. Randy Sly

Some see Advent as a \"Little Lent.\" However, the focus is very different. It is a season of hope filled expectation and preparation for a ...

St Charles Borromeo on the Season of Advent

St Charles Borromeo on the Season of Advent Watch

Christmas / Advent

By St Charles Borromeo

In his infinite love for us, though we were sinners, he sent his only Son to free us from the tyranny of Satan, to summon us to heaven, to ...

Welcoming Advent as a Chance to Begin Again

Welcoming Advent as a Chance to Begin Again Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

During Advent, the Church, as a mother, calls us all to get ready, to clean the house, to set special times aside for prayer and worship, so that ...

Fr Randy Sly on the First Sunday of Advent and Preparing for His Comings

Fr Randy Sly on the First Sunday of Advent and Preparing for His Comings Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Fr. Randy Sly

Advent is a wonderful opportunity to review those lasting things in our lives. Advent is a time for cleaning house, for digging into the the ...