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Peg Luksik Offers a Christmas Trilogy of Love

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2012

The television is full of stories "about Christmas" and none of them even mention the reason for the holiday. So, as my Christmas gift to you, I have written a trilogy of stories that center on the One Whose birth we celebrate. I hope you enjoy them. HARRISBURG, PA. (Catholic Online) - The ...

An Unexpected Christmas

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2012

Today's video gives us a backstage pass to the first scene of Christmas from Heaven's point of view. The children actors are genial and will certainly put a smile on your face. At the same time, the video offers us a moment to remember that God's answer for our lives many times aren't the one we ...

An Advent Story: Do You Want To Become A New Person?

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2012

Have you ever wanted to become a new person, and live out a new, exciting and fulfilling life? Is true healing, completeness and wholeness what you seek? Do you crave forgiveness? Do you sense, however subtlety or perhaps subconsciously, the existence of a new and wondrous "horizon" ...

'Manger and Cross', by Beate Heinen

The Manger and the Cross: Calvary Begins in Bethlehem

By • Catholic Online • 12/17/2012

Perhaps we think: It's Christmastime; our hearts should be focused on the joy of His birth. Certainly! But perhaps something is missing then?  The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born ...

Pope Benedict on Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday: Happiness in Heaven is For Those who Know How to be Happy on Earth

By • Catholic Online • 12/16/2012

St. Josemaria Escriva once wrote, "I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth." (The Forge, 1005) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - We awakened this morning to hear, read and see the continuing tragic details coming out of Newtown, ...

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. ...

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 ...

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