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Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier.Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe of flesh, left his place in the virgin’s womb and graciously visited the world. Today his soldier leaves the tabernacle of his body and goes triumphantly to heaven.

Octave: Feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2009

Christ made love the stairway that would enable all Christians to climb to heaven. Hold fast to it, therefore, in all sincerity, give one another practical proof of it, and by your progress in it, make your ascent together. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - In the Catholic tradition, Christmas is ...


Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe of flesh, left his place in the virgin’s womb and graciously visited the world. Today his soldier leaves the tabernacle of his body and goes triumphantly to heaven.

Octave of Christmas: Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2009

Christ made love the stairway that would enable all Christians to climb to heaven. Hold fast to it, therefore, in all sincerity, give one another practical proof of it, and by your progress in it, make your ascent together. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - In the Catholic tradition, Christmas is ...


Let those of us who have embraced the truth of this claim now manifest- in our own lives and families- the fruits of the Incarnation. Let us become a Christmas people and offer through our lives of love the greatest gift of all. Let us continue to manifest the beauty of the Incarnation to a world that still waits to be born.

Merry Christmas: He Pitched His Tent Among Us

By • Catholic Online • 12/24/2009

On this one wonderful day called "Christ-Mass" the entire world rightly pauses. Heaven has come to earth so that earth can be brought to heaven. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - With these words the most theologically profound Gospel begins, the one written by the beloved disciple John: "In the ...


'St. Francis with his nativity scene highlighted the defenseless love, humility and goodness of God, Who in the Incarnation of the Word shows Himself to mankind in order to teach them a new way to live and love.'

Pope Benedict XVI: The Child Jesus Makes the Love of God Manifest to the World

Vatican Information Service • 12/24/2009

'Spiritual atmosphere that now surrounds Christmas developed during the Middle Ages thanks to St. Francis of Assisi.' VATICAN CITY (VIS) - In his general audience of Wednesday morning, December 23, 2009, in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope focused his remarks on the subject of Christmas. At the ...


Pause and consider this Mystery anew in this holy Season.  Remove it from the restrictive confines of its familiarity.  Just pause a moment before the Nativity scene and ponder as did Mary, as did the shepherds and the wise men.  And realize that if God entered our history in a given moment, it was a moment whose impact would never cease to be felt.

Emmanuel: God-With-Us, God-Within-Us!

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2009

God entered concretely, in the flesh, in the midst of human lives and he continues to dwell in the midst of human lives, in the midst of our lives. DALLAS, TX (Catholic Online) - People often say to me, “God seems so far away. I don’t know how to find Him.” I have to acknowledge in honesty, that ...


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Exclusive: A Christmas Poem: Dream of Me

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2009

You own me completely, And now You are mine. I lavish a mother’s kisses on the tender face of God. Who could imagine such a thing? CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – We have had the honor of presenting the many writing gifts of Jennifer Hartline to our virtual Catholic community. With this poem ...


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Reflection: The Incarnation Dwells Among Us

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2009

When we think of the birth of Jesus Christ in terms of the fullness of the mystery of the Incarnation our understanding of Christmas changes. KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) – The Incarnation was made visible at the first Christmas about two thousand years ago. However, it actually began nine ...


I suspect Mary was overjoyed at the news of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, and couldn’t wait to get there and share the wonder of it all with her.  Now the two of them could delight in each other’s miracles and bask in the glory of God and all He had done by His power alone.  I can easily imagine them hugging and laughing and fussing over each other.

The 2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2009

Bring Christ to your family, as Mary brought Christ to Elizabeth’s. Let this mystery of the Rosary teach us to love our neighbor. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted ...


Gaudete Sunday - The 'Selah' of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2009

In a sense, Gaudete Sunday is our opportunity to pause and just reflect on His Coming… to have an Advent “selah”!. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Several years ago I preached a sermon entitled “Selah – the Pause the Refreshes.” This homily talked about that intriguing word in the Psalms – ...


Saint Padre Pio on the Immaculate Conception

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The Three Divine Persons imbue this sublime creature with all her privileges, her favors, and her graces, and with all of her holiness. The Eternal Father created her pure and immaculate and is well pleased in her for she is the worthy dwelling of his only ...





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