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'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 ...

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 ...

This is my Body given up for you!

Christmas Reflection on the Eucharist and Giving

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

As we draw near to our God this Christmas morning and receive the great gift of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, let us not hesitate to give ourselves back to Him. Let us enter the holy game, feel the uncreated rhythm, and join in the eternal dance which sanctifies us and the world. Let us also ...

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