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The Word becomes Flesh

By • Catholic Online • 11/1/2011

The fourth gospel (The Gospel of John) is considered by most scripture scholars to be the most theologically profound Gospel in the New Testament begins, the one written by the “beloved disciple” named John. The Gospel of John begins with these words: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word ...

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According to Your Word

By • Catholic Online • 10/29/2011

And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." In these few words, all of human history was forever ...

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Mary invites us 'Surrender' to Jesus Christ

By • Catholic Online • 10/28/2011

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. Mary’s Prayer, her “Fiat” [Medieval Latin, from Latin, let it be done) in response to the visitation from the messenger of heaven, the angel, provides a pattern of ...

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Are We Living in A Mary Moment?

By • Catholic Online • 10/28/2011

Several years ago I was an invited guest at a celebration of the life and ministry of a significant evangelical Protestant leader. It was a “black tie” affair, accompanied with all the fanfare. Held in a posh ballroom in Southern California, it was a nice opportunity for my wife and me to ...

The depth of meaning in Christmas is as infinite as God Incarnate himself. Enter into that meaning with mind and heart, worship the Father in 'Spirit and truth' (see Jn 4:23).

Entering into Christmas: Christians Are Called To True Worship

By • Catholic Online • 10/26/2011

Catholics in love with the Child who is the risen Star understand that true worship is contained in the Liturgy of the Mass. Christians who participate in the Eucharistic celebration are already united "with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all" (see ...

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Jesus, the 'Yes' of God

By • Catholic Online • 10/20/2011

“Brothers and sisters: As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no, ” but “yes” has been in him. For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; ...

Simeon spoke these mysterious words to the Virgin Mary: 'and you yourself a sword will pierce' (Lk 2:35). As Christians, we participate in Christ's own life. Consequently, in a sense, Simeon's words apply to every Christian who is wounded by the divine sword of love.

A Christmas Reflection on Trust In Providence

By • Catholic Online • 10/7/2011

We often set off on an unceasing quest to distance ourselves from every anxiety, and thus begin to live in such a way as to constantly seek change for "the better". There is a self-inflicted stress in such a life; a nervous movement toward some savored goal which, once attained, turns out empty. It ...

This icon entitled 'Our Lady of the New Advent' is relatively new. However, it is one of a myriad of beautiful icons of our Lady whose life 'at the ready', always listening for the Lord and open to His comings is the heart of this season.

Be on the Watch: Advent and the Coming(s) of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 2/11/2011

Let us be numbered among those who stay awake, living at the ready, saying “yes” to all of the invitations of grace given to us during this wonderful season of Advent. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - We begin our season of preparation for the Nativity of the Lord today with the First Sunday of ...

Pope addressing a General Audience in Paul VI Hall

Pope Benedict XVI: May the Child Jesus Not Find us Unprepared

Catholic Online • 12/25/2010

In the night of the world, we must let ourselves be amazed and illumined by this act of God, which is totally unexpected: God becomes a Child. We must let ourselves be amazed, illumined by the Star that inundated the universe with joy. VATICAN CITY, (Catholic Online) - We offer the translation of ...

Advent Reflection: Children are Christmas Promise Carriers

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2010

The Christmas Jesus teaches us about the inherent gift of children, full of promise, full of anticipation. Children simply love. Their smallness, like His, conceals the largess and presence of His love to us and to a languishing, desperate world. In welcoming the "least of these," we welcome the ...

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