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'She gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.'  Luke 2:7

3rd Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Christ

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

In our world, material poverty means to be vulnerable, shunned, and perhaps worst of all, invisible.  Poverty is empty and deprived. What a stunning paradox then that God would offer Himself to us in poverty.  It's disarmingly brilliant.  We cannot refute the love of a God who sheds ...

Missing the Point: Racing Down the Royal Advent Highway

By • Catholic Online • 12/17/2010

As I raced through Advent, I was missing the point. Hurrying to accomplish, scrambling to tick items off the list, racing everywhere, rushing to get more stuff. It all reveals our modern focus has become terribly askew. What are we preparing for? We need Advent to help straighten the way, to teach ...

God chose Mary even before Mary chose God. This order is vitally important if we want to grasp the deeper meaning of living the spiritual life.

Making the Advent Journey with Mary: Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with You

By • Catholic Online • 12/15/2010

From antiquity, she has been given a special place of honor among Christians as the Mother of the Lord. She walked in a deep, abiding and intimate relationship with God. He was with her before she even responded to His invitation. God chose Mary even before Mary chose God. This order is vitally ...

The Star of Christmas - A Great Book for Christmas

By • Catholic Media Review • 12/14/2010

We have tried to maintain in our Christmas tree a balance between the lavishness of the Christmas season, with all its glitz and giving, with the stark reality of the humble manger which was honored to hold the Son of God.  We look for books and music that do the same, and have found such a ...

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrated Throughout the Americas.

By • Catholic Online • 12/13/2010

Pilgrims arrive by the thousands, many of them by bicycle and make their way to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City on the eve of the feast. Among them, dancers, musicians, singers and other performers come to offer their performances in honor of La Virgen Morena (the dark Virgin). ...

A model and support of this deep joy is the Virgin Mary, through whom we were given the Infant Jesus.

Congregation for the Clergy on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete!

Catholic Online • 12/13/2010

This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence. A model and support of this deep joy is the Virgin Mary, through whom we were given the Infant Jesus. May She, a faithful disciple of her Son, obtain for us the grace of living this liturgical season alert and ...

The Immaculate Mother holds the Christ Child who, this Advent, calls us to listen to the Holy Spirit, that we too may become immaculate.

Pope: Mary Calls Christians to be 'Immaculate'

By • Catholic Online • 12/13/2010

'Thus Mary says to us that we are all called to open ourselves to the action of the Holy Spirit to be able to reach our final destination, to be immaculate, fully and definitively free of evil' -- Pope Benedict XVI ROME, Italy (Catholic Online) - On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, ...

Serve the eggnog in chilled cups or glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg - and Merry Christmas!

Celebrate the holidays with this non-alcoholic eggnog

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2010

Christmas time is soon to be here, and there are lots of holiday food and drinks to enjoy with families and friends. However - there are growing concerns about having a safe and sane Christmas season. To this end, we've uncovered this delicious recipe for non-alcoholic eggnog. Everyone in the ...

Mary, the Mother of the Lord

Immaculate Conception: 'O Virgin, by whose Blessing all Nature is Blessed!'

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2010

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as ...

'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.'

1st Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Annunciation

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2010

Mary's answer to Gabriel is simply incredible, but it became much more precious for me when I stopped to ponder the middle of this story. We may miss the best part is we fail to recognize the humanness in Mary. Not sinfulness, but humanness. That's the quality that makes this event so marvelous. ...

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