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In the 1950s nothing made a young boy happier than finding an electric train under the Christmas tree.

Dr. Deal Hudson on Christmas Loss and Gain

By • Catholic Online • 12/15/2012

My grandfather was the one who really sensed how enthralled I was with the electric train, and as soon as the gift opening was finished, he sat with me on the hardwood floor of the dining room to assemble it.  The train seem to fly around the track as I pushed the switch as far as I dared. ...

Advent: A Time To Seek Answers To Humankind's Most Pressing Questions

By • Catholic Online • 12/14/2012

When Pilate questioned Jesus, "'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice'" (Jn 18:37). This leads to another obvious question: How and where ...

To become humble is in reality to die to self. It is to become as a little child in abandonment to God, trusting completely in his goodness, power and divine providence. It is to give ourselves over unconditionally and without qualification to Christ. It is the humble who pray thus: 'Thy will be done in me, O glorious God.'

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2012

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let ...

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2012

No matter how fine the music, say Bach's Mass in B minor, a poor performance will leave the listener wondering where the "greatness" went. So the recommendations below represent a merging of both: All of the compositions are among the very best sacred music ever written, but the recorded ...

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Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ: Advent is Always a Season of Mary

By • The Tidings • 12/11/2012

St. Thomas Aquinas used to say that besides God our Father, Mary is the only other one who could rightly call Jesus, 'Son.' Because she is the mother of Jesus, no one can help us more than Mary to grow in our awareness that we are children of God. LOS ANGELES (The Tidings) -  Advent is always ...

John the Baptizer

John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2012

Too often we associate repentance with some kind of wrong- headed self hatred. To the contrary, for those who have been schooled in its lessons like John the Baptizer, the way of voluntary penitence and conversion becomes the path to freedom and happiness. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - This ...

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2012

The Church, explains John Paul II, "proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary, who 'advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and loyally persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross'" (RM 2; LG 58). For this reason, it is especially important during the sacred season of Advent ...

Father Merrin, played by Max von Sydow, approaches the MacNeill home in Georgetown, from 'The Exorcist' (1973) directed by William Friedkin.

100 Best Catholic Movies

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2012

It's regrettable that Catholic educators have yet to regard cinema as an important artistic tradition, one that should be studied along with literature, painting, theater, and music.  The advantage of studying film is its relative youth, having been born only a little over a century ago. ...

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Advent Catechesis: Pope Benedict XVI on the Benevolent Plan of God

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2012

He came into the world, becoming a man like us , to bring His plan of love to fullness. And God demands that we become a sign of his action in the world. Through our faith, our hope, our love, He wants to enter the world again and again He wants to shine His light in our night. VATICAN CITY ...

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Advent Homily: St. Bernard on the Three Comings of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2012

We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are. The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty. WASHINGTON (Catholic ...

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