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

By • Catholic Online • 12/16/2014

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 world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice'" (Jn 18:37). This leads to another obvious question: How and where ...

To become humble is in reality to die to self. It is to become as a little child in abandonment to God, trusting completely in his goodness, power and divine providence. It is to give ourselves over unconditionally and without qualification to Christ. It is the humble who pray thus: 'Thy will be done in me, O glorious God.'

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/16/2014

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 God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let ...

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near

By • Catholic Online • 12/14/2014

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. ...

Elijah under the broom tree- The question we can ask ourselves today is whether we are responding to that invitation.   Then, we should quiet ourselves and listen - for the voice of the Lord, under the broom tree, in the whisper of the wind, where He still speaks.

Learning from Elijah in the Advent Season of Life

By • Catholic Online • 12/13/2014

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 in my own life. It is under the broom tree - when I feel the least able to continue the struggle -that I learn to surrender myself to the One who ...

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2014

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 way of the Lord. Repent! NAGA CITY, Philippines (Catholic Online) - For the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, I asked Our Lady if I could stop ...

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

By • The Tidings • 12/11/2014

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 of Jesus, no one can help us more than Mary to grow in our awareness that we are children of God. LOS ANGELES (The Tidings) -  Advent is always ...

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music

By • Catholic Online • 12/11/2014

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 recommendations below represent a merging of both: All of the compositions are among the very best sacred music ever written, but the recorded ...

Advent calendars are given a new, item-focused, meaning by popular culture.

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/10/2014

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 world and prepare ourselves for His final coming. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Advent calendar, although based on the calendar days of ...

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John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2014

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 John the Baptizer, the way of voluntary penitence and conversion becomes the path to freedom and happiness. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - This ...

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2014

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 persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross'" (RM 2; LG 58). For this reason, it is especially important during the sacred season of Advent ...

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