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Advent Reflection: Holy Mother, Holy Child, Born of Each Other

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2010

An ordinary day had suddenly become the most miraculous day in human history. The God she loves above all else has called her name; called her to come receive the most splendid gift.  And in an instant the God whom the universe cannot contain was safely tucked inside the darkness of her womb, ...

A Christmas Poem: Dream of Me

By • Catholic Online • 12/21/2010

Jennifer Hartline offers a poem reflecting on the beauty and the mystery of the Christ Child in the arms of his wonderful Mother. WASHINGTON, D.C.(Catholic Online) - Does he dream?  His eyelids flutter, and the faintest smile settles inJust a moment and is gone again, with a ...

Congregation for the Clergy on 4th Sunday of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

Wake up, therefore, because the birth of the Lord is almost at hand, let us go to meet Him in His glory: to listen to him, to love Him and to follow Him! CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - As we continue through our Advent preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord we offer the ...

'Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God' (Mt 5:8).

Advent: Season Of Preparation, Repentance, Penance And Renewal

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

"It is one's whole existence that becomes penitential, that is to say, directed toward a continuous striving for what is better. But doing penance is something authentic and effective only if it is translated into deeds and acts of penance" -- John Paul II Glade Park, CO (Catholic Online) -- As ...

'She gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.'  Luke 2:7

3rd Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Christ

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

In our world, material poverty means to be vulnerable, shunned, and perhaps worst of all, invisible.  Poverty is empty and deprived. What a stunning paradox then that God would offer Himself to us in poverty.  It's disarmingly brilliant.  We cannot refute the love of a God who sheds ...

Missing the Point: Racing Down the Royal Advent Highway

By • Catholic Online • 12/17/2010

As I raced through Advent, I was missing the point. Hurrying to accomplish, scrambling to tick items off the list, racing everywhere, rushing to get more stuff. It all reveals our modern focus has become terribly askew. What are we preparing for? We need Advent to help straighten the way, to teach ...

God chose Mary even before Mary chose God. This order is vitally important if we want to grasp the deeper meaning of living the spiritual life.

Making the Advent Journey with Mary: Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with You

By • Catholic Online • 12/15/2010

From antiquity, she has been given a special place of honor among Christians as the Mother of the Lord. She walked in a deep, abiding and intimate relationship with God. He was with her before she even responded to His invitation. God chose Mary even before Mary chose God. This order is vitally ...

The Star of Christmas - A Great Book for Christmas

By • Catholic Media Review • 12/14/2010

We have tried to maintain in our Christmas tree a balance between the lavishness of the Christmas season, with all its glitz and giving, with the stark reality of the humble manger which was honored to hold the Son of God.  We look for books and music that do the same, and have found such a ...

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrated Throughout the Americas.

By • Catholic Online • 12/13/2010

Pilgrims arrive by the thousands, many of them by bicycle and make their way to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City on the eve of the feast. Among them, dancers, musicians, singers and other performers come to offer their performances in honor of La Virgen Morena (the dark Virgin). ...

A model and support of this deep joy is the Virgin Mary, through whom we were given the Infant Jesus.

Congregation for the Clergy on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!

Catholic Online • 12/13/2010

This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence. A model and support of this deep joy is the Virgin Mary, through whom we were given the Infant Jesus. May She, a faithful disciple of her Son, obtain for us the grace of living this liturgical season alert and ...

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