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St Ephrem of Syria, Deacon and Doctor

St Ephrem of Syria: Keep watch - He Will Come Again

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2014

To prevent his disciples from asking the time of his coming, Christ said: About that hour no one knows, neither the angels nor the Son. It is not for you to know times or moments. He has kept those things hidden so that we may keep watch, each of us thinking that he will come in our own ...


St Gregory Nazianzen

St Gregory Nazianzen on the Wonder of the Incarnation

By • Catholic Online • 12/3/2014

The very Son of God, older than the ages, the invisible, the incomprehensible, the incorporeal, the beginning of beginning, the light of light, the fountain of life and immortality, the image of the archetype, the immovable seal, the perfect likeness, the definition and word of the Father: ...


Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873), the Italian novelist, whose masterpiece, I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), began the tradition of what can be called the 'Catholic novel.'

100 Best Catholic Novels. Or, How to Buy a Catholic Library for Christmas

By • Catholic Online • 12/3/2014

I welcome any controversy that may ensue from this list; in fact I will be disappointed if no one takes me to task. I'm always anxious to learn of titles I don't know, or have forgotten, or should know better, or be reminded that my own certainties may be unfounded.  WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic ...


Las Posadas - a Catholic Hispanic Tradition

By • Catholic Online • 12/2/2014

The Posadas are not to be confused with a mere Christmas party.  Instead, the Posadas should be seen as a religious event.  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - What is a Posada?  This is a question that a lot of people ask as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.  The tradition ...


In Advent, we remember that we are living in the interval between the already - that Christ has come - and the not-yet - that He will come again

Fr Randy Sly: Advent is a Time for Preparation

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2014

Some see Advent as a Little Lent. However, the focus is very different. It is a season of hope filled expectation and preparation for a coming of the Lord. We are called to "clean house" and make room for the Lord in our lives. However, like most gifts, we do not really appreciate its ...


Each year, as the Church recalls this mystery, she urges us to renew the memory of the great love God has shown us.

St Charles Borromeo on the Season of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2014

In his infinite love for us, though we were sinners, he sent his only Son to free us from the tyranny of Satan, to summon us to heaven, to welcome us into its innermost recesses, to show us truth itself, to train us in right conduct, to plant within us the seeds of virtue, to enrich us with ...


Fr Randy Sly on the First Sunday of Advent and Preparing for His Comings

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2014

Advent is a wonderful opportunity to review those lasting things in our lives. Advent is a time for cleaning house, for digging into the the storehouse of living faith in order to prepare ourselves, so that we - and the world - will be ready for His coming(s).   WASHINGTON,D.C. ...


Advent wreath

Called to Prepare the Way for His Coming: We Need a Little Advent, Right this Very Minute

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2014

The ritual of Catholic Christian life provides a form into which the freshness of the Spirit can be poured again and again.For me, celebrating Advent is a call to living faith, genuine repentance, ongoing conversion and the pursuit of holiness of life - the things that really matter. ...


In this homily, Fr. Ignatius teaches on the meaning of today's Gospel and how it is a misinterpretation to conclude that this opposes the Dogma of Mary's Perpetual Virginity.

Tuesday, July 22 - Homily - Mary's Perpetual Virginity

By • Catholic Online • 7/22/2014

Did Mary have other children? In this homily, Fr. Ignatius teaches on the meaning of today's Gospel and how it is a misinterpretation to conclude that this opposes the Dogma of Mary's Perpetual Virginity.


The 'second founder' of the Franciscans, St. Bonaventure led the ever growing order with great holiness and profound prudence.

Monday, July 14 - Homily: St. Bonaventure the Seraphic Doctor

By • Catholic Online • 7/13/2014

The "second founder" of the Franciscans, St. Bonaventure led the ever growing order with great holiness and profound prudence. He became bishop, cardinal, and was declared a saint and doctor of the Church. He stressed not only the importance of learning with the intellect, but of loving ...





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