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Pope Benedict: 'You Can No Longer Fear Me, You Can Only Love Me'

By • Vatican Information Service • 12/1/2011

Yes, Lord, help us to see something of the splendour of your glory. And grant peace on earth. Make us men and women of your peace. Amen. ROME (Vatican Information Service) - Here below, is the full-text English translation of Benedict XVI's homily from Midnight Mass in St Peter's: Dear ...

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Pope St. Leo the Great: 'Christian, remember your dignity'

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2011

Dearly beloved, today our Saviour is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - On this Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, Catholic ...

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Why Celebrate Advent?

By • Catholic Online • 11/30/2011

"We know that there are three comings of the Lord. The third lies between the other two. It is invisible while the other two are visible. In the first coming He was seen on earth, dwelling among men; in the final coming "all flesh will see the salvation of our God and they will look upon Him whom ...

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Pope: Every Angelus is a Reminder of Mary's 'Yes'

Zenit News Agency • 11/29/2011

The Holy Father invited the faithful to "gaze upon the ineffable mystery that Mary carried for nine months in her virginal womb: the mystery of God who becomes man." VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Upon praying the Angelus, one relives the moment of Mary's "yes," says Benedict XVI. The Pope reflected on ...

Give Your Family as Special Gift Make a Memory

By • Catholic Online • 11/29/2011

WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) - Memories are powerful things. They can build us up or tear us down. If used as a positive force, they can help change the world. When you make a memory as a family, you are investing in a legacy that will be passed down for generations. Many years ago my wife and ...

Advent: Mary Leads her Children into 'The Way' of following Her Son Jesus

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2011

"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths" (Is 2:3). As we enter into the sacred season of Advent, one of preparation for the arrival of the Christ Child, it is the Virgin Mary who beckons us to set ...

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Advent with Augustine: 'We celebrate the martyrs with love and fellowship'

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2011

We assemble to celebrate the memory of the martyrs with ritual solemnity because we want to be inspired to follow their example, share in their merits, and be helped by their prayers. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - One of the great treasures of the Catholic Christian faith is that we stand on ...

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Advent with Augustine: 'God's promises are Given Through His Son'

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2011

"Even so, it was not enough for God to send his Son to point out the way he made his Son the way itself, so that we can go on our journey guided by him as he walks along his own way." CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - One of the great treasures of the Catholic Christian faith is that we stand ...

Congregation for the Clergy on the First Sunday of Advent: Stay Awake, the Lord Comes

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

We are called to be vigilant because we do not know the 'precise moment' when the master will return to the house.  The 'house' can be seen as an image of the Christian community which prepares itself with vigilance through prayer and works, to welcome the master.  The 'house' can also be ...

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The Happy Priest Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

The commercialization of Christmas can become a terrible distraction for those who really desire to celebrate Christmas correctly.The Advent season gives us a fresh opportunity to look at our lives and deepen our relationship with the Lord Jesus who has come already in humility and will come again ...

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