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Immaculate Conception: From the Catholic Catechism

Catholic Online • 11/9/2011

Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. Chesapeake, Va. (Catholic Online) - On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Online presents these texts of explanation and instruction on ...

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Pope: On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Asia News • 11/8/2011

This Woman, in the eyes of God, has always had a face and a name: 'full of grace' (Lk. 1:28), as the angel called her when visiting her in Nazareth. VATICAN CITY (AsiaNews) - "In Mary Immaculate, we contemplate the reflection of the Beauty that saves the world: the beauty of God that shines on the ...

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Advent: Friendship with Mary

By • Catholic Online • 11/7/2011

Gentle woman, tower of strength, beacon of faith, humble servant...O, highly favored daughter! CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - One of my favorite things about being Catholic (there are many) is enjoying a rich and blessed friendship with Mary. This time of year that friendship is particularly ...

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Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon

By • Zenit News Agency • 11/7/2011

The Christmas liturgy will speak to us of the "holy exchange," of the "sacrum commercium," between us and God realized in Christ. VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Here is the Advent homily Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, delivered in the Vatican in the presence of ...

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A Commentary on Isaiah by Eusebius of Caesarea

By • Catholic Online • 11/5/2011

What does it mean to bear the good news but to preach to all nations, but first of all to the cities of Judah, the coming of Christ on earth? CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - The Office of Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent Includes this passage from 4th Century Father of the Church ...

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John the Baptizer: The Advent Prophet

By • Zenit News Agency • 11/4/2011

We are called to take on John’s role of preparing the way in today’s world, as living witnesses to Jesus who is near. TORONTO (Zenit) - One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the ...

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The Shepherd's Son

By • Catholic Online • 11/3/2011

As father and son stood side by side in front of the sheep, a bright light whirled across the sky. Both gasped aloud at the sight. “Did you ever see the sky so clear?” The question awakened Joshua. He had found a soft patch of grass and laid down to rest. “No, father, I haven’t” He didn’t ...

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The Word made flesh makes us like Himself

By • Catholic Online • 11/2/2011

When we have come to know the true God, both our bodies and our souls will be immortal and incorruptible. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – We present an excerpt from the treatise refuting Heresies by Saint Hippolytus, a Priest of the Church of Rome in the 2d and 3d century: The Word made ...

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Pope: Church is to Be Hope for the World in Advent

Catholic Online • 11/2/2011

"Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope. VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Advent is the season of hope par excellence, and during this time, the Church is called to be hope for itself and for the world, says Benedict XVI. The Pope ...

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Mary's Heart of Holiness

By • Catholic Online • 11/2/2011

“I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word.” When Mary spoke those few words, human history was forever changed. They came from a deep spiritual reservoir within the heart of a young Jewish girl who was in love with the God of her fathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. ...

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