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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 ...

Parish Celebration of the Las Posadas Gains Media Attention

By • Catholic Online • 12/24/2011

Fr. James Farfaglia, Catholic Online's "Happy Priest," is the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in the heart of Corpus Christi, Texas. After a 30 year absence, this year the parish re-established the celebration of a major Mexican celebration for Christmas - Las Posadas. WASHINGTON, DC ...

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers.His mother said to him, 'Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.' Luke 2:43-48

5th Joyful Mystery: Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2011

Like Mary and Joseph on that day in Jerusalem, our worrying ceases when we find Jesus. Our hearts are anxiously searching for Him, and we are troubled and frightened until we find Him. There is joy in finding Jesus; there is worry and fear without Him.  In every event of our day, every task, ...

Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as is written in the Law of the Lord, 'Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord.'

4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2011

He was given no special treatment, no exceptions. God was not about to break His own rules. He came to fulfill the Law, not toss the Law out the window. He came to live our human experience is every single way that we do, including obeying the law. We needn't ever worry when obeying God's law. ...

'At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.'

2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2011

Gabriel had just left her, and the first thing she does is prepare to leave and visit Elizabeth, her cousin. Gabriel had told her Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy, a testament to the power of God. It's really a simple lesson this mystery teaches - take care of each other. Even when you ...

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The 3rd Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2011

He came to us small, weak, dependent and poor. He sought to inspire our affection and devotion rather than command our submission. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – “She gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for ...

Beate Heinen's 'Manger and Cross'

Advent Reflection: The Manger and the Cross - Calvary Begins in Bethlehem

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2011

All the events surrounding His birth reveal to us how closely life and death, Christmas and Easter, Bethlehem and Golgotha, the Manger and the Cross are bound together.  Indeed, Calvary begins in Bethlehem.  AUSTRIA (Catholic Online) -   During the Advent season we are called to ...

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The 1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2011

Her 'yes' had nothing to do with her and everything to do with Him. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you!” “You shall conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” Let this mystery teach us humility. Mary’s answer to ...

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