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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 • 12/5/2012

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 • 12/4/2012

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 ...

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2012

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. ...

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

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2012

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. ...

The Widows Mite Teaches us to Live in the Economy of Heavenly Scale

By • Catholic Online • 11/26/2012

We are called to love and to live as Jesus. Everyone else in our life, when they are viewed in His marvelous light, is to be received as a gift. This becomes increasingly possible for us as we are freed from disordered self love. This process of being freed from disordered self love is the path to ...

Prepare the Way of the Lord.  Mark 1:2

Jesus Christ is Lord: Time to Move From Thanksgiving to Christ the King to Advent

By • Catholic Online • 11/25/2012

As we choose to live liturgically, moving through life in the flow of the liturgical calendar, we can experience the deeper mystery and meaning of life. Jesus Christ is Lord of All. The real question is not whether we will mark time, but how we will mark time? CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - ...

St Stephen the Deacon and Martyr

The Armor of Love: Octave of Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

By • Catholic Online • 12/27/2011

On this Feast of St Stephen the Deacon and Martyr of the Church, let us continue our clebration of the Octave of Christmas by reflecting on this soldier of Jesus Christ whose life was so conformed to the Lord that he imitated him in his death. Let us also pray for our deacons, that they can ...

Christmas Pointsettias - A Reminder of Redemption

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

We see them everywhere - in flower shops, department stores and grocery stores. The pointsettia came to North America in the early 1800's. Now they are as familiar this time of year as candy canes and carolers. While we pause, during these days in our Christmas celebration, to reflect on the reason ...

Today the Savior is Born: Congregation for the Clergy on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

The Lord's Nativity teaches us the concreteness of Christianity that is not a sentiment, but a relationship of the mind and heart with a Person, Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.Those who look at the Child of Bethlehem with faith do not see only a man, but God, the Invisible made visible, the Word ...

Love is born on Christmas morn

Love is Born on Christmas Morn - and the Whole World Begins Again

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

On the wonderful day called Christ-Mass, the world pauses at a manger. The great event of the Nativity of the Lord touches every man, woman and child. The world is presented with the Christian proclamation that "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."  The words rendered in English "dwelt ...

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