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May We Be Counted as Oxes and Asses before Jesus

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2013

Therefore the Christmas crèche and the ox and the ass are intended to unsettle us:  "In this night, then, the faces of the ox and the ass look at us with a question: My people does not understand, but do you perceive the voice of your Lord?"  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - ...

Mary Jo Matthews on Christmas Memories

By • Catholic Online • 12/25/2013

This is her first Christmas without her husband and her oldest son, and it will not be the last one she will spend alone.  Family, friends, other children and grandchildren have tried very hard to make the day special for her, and she loves them for their care and kindness.  As ...

Reflections on the Closing of the Season of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/25/2013

Advent is about the coming of Christ, a Christ for whom our hearts must make room.  This requires repentance.  The art of repentance is--and will always be--old fashioned because it is perennially the same.  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - For the four weeks of Advent I have ...

Seeking Happiness This Christmas? Seek Jesus Christ: The Son of God Who Became Man For The Love of Humanity

By • Catholic Online • 12/24/2013

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls ...

St. Joseph

Advent Reflection: Learning From the Silence and Way of St. Joseph

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2013

As he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people ...

An Advent Poem: The Star Still Shines

By • Catholic Online • 12/19/2013

Oh, star set high in a winter sky by God's almighty hand stretch forth thy light and shine tonighton men in every land.In hearts renew the flame that drew proud kings to an Infant's birth - the first crusade when a humble maid gave God to the hungry earth. ATHENS, GA. (Catholic Online) - The Star ...

Immaculate Conception

Mother of the Re-Created World: St. Anselm on the Immaculate Conception

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2013

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 ...

Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary and Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2013

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as you preserved her from every stain by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you foresaw, so, through her intercession, we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your ...

Second Sunday of Advent Homily: Do You Want To Experience the Kingdom of Heaven?

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2013

St. Augustine noted that the human heart remains forever restless until it rests in God. This is so because God the Father created us for himself, and calls us to enter into eternal communion with him. That our destiny is God is the reason for our unceasing thirst for the kingdom of heaven. The Son ...

As they rode away, without returning to Jerusalem, the Three Wise Men must have asked each other why a child born in a manger to a carpenter and his young wife would pose any threat to Herod, or the Empire itself. But then, the night had been extraordinary in other ways. They had not been the only ones to pay tribute - they had knelt as kings next to shepherds who reported being summoned by angels.

Dr Deal Hudson on Why the Wise Men Followed the Star

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2013

Thus, from the East the Wise Men came, from the crucible of civilization, the most ancient of learned cultures, to the court of Herod in Jerusalem. Whether they were deceived by Herod's flattery we do not know, nor do we know if they sensed his murderous intent in asking them to return and report ...

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