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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 ...

Father Merrin, played by Max von Sydow, approaches the MacNeill home in Georgetown, from 'The Exorcist' (1973) directed by William Friedkin.

100 Best Catholic Movies

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2014

It's regrettable that Catholic educators have yet to regard cinema as an important artistic tradition, one that should be studied along with literature, painting, theater, and music.  The advantage of studying film is its relative youth, having been born only a little over a century ago. ...

Our image of John is as the austere ascetic, the odd fellow who lived in the desert eating a strange diet and thundering to Israel about repentance. We forget the happiness that was associated with his birth and the happiness which accompanied his prophetic life and vocation.

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2014

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 between the first and the second comings. We are to be changed by the first and to prepare ourselves- and the world in which we live- for the second. ...

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2014

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 world. Through our faith, our hope, our love, He wants to enter the world again and again He wants to shine His light in our night. VATICAN CITY ...

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2014

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 coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty. WASHINGTON (Catholic ...

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