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Only Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.  Nothing in this world is more deserving of our attention, especially this season.  Whatever else may be going on, our gaze should be fixed on Emmanuel.  We should be looking expectantly at that manger with grateful hearts.  We not only can rejoice, we must rejoice.

Emmanuel: God is With Us!

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2011

The headlines are shouting doom and despair at me, but today I am not listening. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Advent got off to a great start for me, but it quickly deteriorated into a crazy busy, trying week that was full of bad moods and frustration. I felt my Christmas spirit go right ...


Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is Real. He was a Saint and You can be One as Well

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2011

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  He is not just an idea.  He was, and is, a saint.  A saint who reminds us that we are loved without limits.  A saint who challenges us to remove the limits on how we love others.  A saint who calls us to holiness as we prepare to ...


During Advent we prepare our hearts to embrace the light of Christ as the light of our own life.

Advent Reflection: Prepare to Enter Into the Paschal Mystery

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2011

There is an ancient Roman proverb, audaces juvat fortuna: fortune favors the bold. The Christian life, one in union with the Paschal Mystery of Christ, requires a certain amount of courage. Yet we draw our strength from the Risen One who died for us and who never fails us. Therefore we have every ...


A Few of My Favorite Things: Traditions That Bring the Season Alive

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2011

Far beyond the decorations I've been pulling out of boxes all week, my most favorite Christmas things are the traditions we unpack and dust off during this joyful season.  Simple and profound, done with paper, yarn, glue and lots of prayer, these little efforts reap wonderful spiritual rewards ...


John the Baptizer calls us to Prepare the Way for the Lord

Prepare the Way: Congregation for the Clergy on the Second Sunday of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/5/2011

The entire liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent revolves around this phrase from the Prophet Isaiah.  The Lord calls each of us to a true opening of heart so that we can welcome his coming.  While the heart often finds itself on crooked roads, it is restored by two fundamental factors: ...


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The mystery of our reconciliation with God

By • Catholic Online • 12/5/2011

The divine nature and the nature of a servant were to be united in one person so that the Creator of time might be born in time. To speak of our Lord, the son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as true and perfect man is of no value to us if we do not believe that he is descended from the line of ...


John the Baptizer

The Happy Priest: John the Baptist Shows Us How to be a Witness

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2011

John the Baptist commands our interest because he is a witness.  By his witness, he reminds us that we are called to be witnesses.  And in any age, to be a witness is challenging.We must witness that what we have found in Christ Jesus is true, real and worth living out to the ultimate ...


Let the word of the Lord come to us

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2011

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 Online) - 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 ...


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Advent Reflection: Children are Promise Carriers

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2011

In my most desperate times my three year old has been known to hold my face in his miniature hands and tell me 'You’re my pleasure'. BETHPAGE, TN (Catholic Online) - “Before God, who is eternal, you are much more a child than, before you, the tiniest toddler. And besides being a child, you are a ...


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St. Charles Borromeo: On the Meaning of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2011

When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - This reflection is taken from the Office of readings for the first week of Advent. It is an excerpt ...





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