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'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. ...

John the Baptizer.

Reflection on the 2d Sunday of Advent from the Congregation for the Clergy

Catholic Online • 12/6/2010

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Mt 3:1). The heartfelt appeal of the man that from his mother's womb was selected as the precursor, resonates more than ever in our time. The one that would straighten the tortuous path and the wayward road of the people of Israel, is the luminous ...

Advent Reflection: Emmanuel, God's One-Word Letter of Love to the World

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2010

The season beckons us to once again contemplate something truly astonishing.  In the stillness, as the earth is falling asleep for the winter comes a message, spoken with a single word.  Emmanuel. Our gaze should be fixed on Emmanuel. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - We hold ...

1st Sunday of Advent: Reflection from the Congregation of the Clergy

Catholic Online • 12/5/2010

Awaken! Remember that God comes! Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today, now!  The one true God, "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob", is not a God who is there in Heaven, unconcerned with us and our history, but he is the-God-who-comes.'   VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - For us ...

The Catholic League Billboard

Catholic League Provides Light at the End of the Tunnel

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2010

The New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel may show an anti-Christmas billboard sponsored by the American Atheists, but on the New York City side of the tunnel, drivers are greeted by a Christmas message from the Catholic League. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Catholic League president Bill ...

Celebrate reason? No thank you. Celebrate with reason? Absolutely! For an authentic quest will lead us to the One who is the Reason for the Season.

Just in time for Advent - Another War on Christmas?

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2010

American Atheists disagree with those who say this is a war against Christmas. "Rather," they say, "it's a war on intolerance and ignorance." In fact, they state that Christianity stole Christmas; we are the Grinch! No informed Christian debates the fact that Christmas was placed on the same date ...

Tuesday, First Week of Advent - The Marvel of the Incarnation

By • Catholic Online • 11/30/2010

He takes to himself all that is human, except for sin. He was conceived by the Virgin Mary, who had been first prepared in soul and body by the Spirit; his coming to birth had to be treated with honor, virginity had to receive new honor. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The very Son of God, older ...

Pope Benedict XVI leading a Global Prayer Vigil for all Nascent Human Life

Protect, Love and Serve Life! Pope's Homily at Vigil of Prayer for All Nascent Human Life

By • Catholic Online • 11/29/2010

We have a great theologian in the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI. He led a global prayer vigil for all human life in the womb. It is worth prayerfully reflecting upon as we enter into Advent and the mission of the Church to defend human life. In speaking of ...

Our Lady of Advent symbolizes the call of every Christian to bring forth the Living Word into the world

To Begin Again: Advent as Invitation. Season of Preparation, Season of Hope

By • Catholic Online • 11/29/2010

During Advent we are invited through our liturgical readings and practices, to clear away all that entangles us and open a space in our hearts, our homes, our relationships and our lives, for Love Incarnate to be born again.Why do Christians celebrate Advent? SNOWQUALMIE, WA ...

Wednesday, First Week of Advent - Let the word of the Lord come to us

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2010

This middle coming is like a road that leads from the first coming to the last. At the first, Christ was our redemption; at the last, he will become manifest as our life; but in this middle way he is our rest and our consolation. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - We know that the coming of ...

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