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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 ...

The Advent wreath is one of the signs of this liturgical season

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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The twofold coming of Christ

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

'The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom'. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Here is an excerpt from a Homily by St. Cyril of Jerusalem for our Advent Prayer and Reflection: The twofold coming of Christ We do not preach only one coming ...

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Advent: The Fiat of Mary: From Fretting to Faith

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

Imagine what it would be like to have an unexpected encounter with an angel. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - You are just having a typical day, going about your business and regular routine, when all of a sudden a heavenly visitor appears before you. Not only does he talk to you, but he also ...

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Who are my Mother and My Brothers? Correcting a Mistake, Recovering our Family

By • Catholic Online • 11/26/2011

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - ...

Imagine, just like the fullness of man and woman depends on their being one flesh, so too has God willed that the fullness of the Incarnation should depend on Christ becoming one flesh with the Church. This is astounding!

An Early Advent Reflection: The Incarnation Still Dwells Among Us

By • Catholic Online • 11/25/2011

When we think of the birth of Christ in terms of the fullness of the mystery of the Incarnation, Christmas becomes more meaningful for us because in a very real sense Christ is being born in each one of us. And he will continue to be born in us until his Incarnation attains absolute fullness, and ...

Confession's Sacrament

By • Catholic Online • 11/25/2011

Yet, perhaps God, aware of the immensity of His name; chose this as one of his reasons for sending His son to us – someone who would never be ashamed to been seen in our company. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - [Editor’s Note: Advent has traditionally called “the Little Lent,” as it also is a ...

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Advent: 'The Eschatological Character of the Pilgrim Church'

Catholic Online • 11/22/2011

Lifted above the earth, Christ drew all things to himself. Rising from the dead, he sent his life-giving Spirit upon his disciples, and through the Spirit established his Body, which is the Church, as the universal sacrament of salvation. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Among the many wonderful ...

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St. Bernard: 'The Whole World awaits Mary's Reply'

Catholic Online • 11/21/2011

Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Catholic online presents an excerpt from 'The Whole World awaits Mary's Reply' by St. Bernard of Clairvaux: ...

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Advent: US Bishop, 'Make Room for María and José at the Inn'

By • Zenit News Agency • 11/21/2011

US Bishop Promotes a rethinking on Immigration this Advent in light of the common good. LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Zenit) - This Advent, parishes and church groups in the Little Rock Diocese are united in a spiritual program focused on studying immigration in light of Scripture and prayer. Bishop ...

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