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John the Baptizer

Congregation for the Clergy: John the Baptizer, Sent by God to Show us the Way

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2011

The Lord Jesus is greater than the Baptist, who says he is not fit to even undo the Lord's sandal-strap.  Even though the Baptist 'was not the light', he was called from the very depths of his heart to 'bear witness to the light' and so became the most excellent witness ever sent to prepare ...

Pope Benedict XVI in Rose colored Guadete Vestments

Gaudete Sunday: The Way to Christian Joy is Through Self Emptying Love

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2011

As we walk through the remaining days of Advent, the two biblical persons held before us in our readings at Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours will be John the Baptizer and Mary. We are invited to find the way of humility and thereby find the happiness of heaven - beginning  here ...

On this Sunday they are replaced with vestments of a rose color, a symbol of joy.

Gaudete! Rejoice because the Lord is near!

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2011

'I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth.' (St. Josemaria Escriva) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) Ė In just a matter of days we will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. The Church as mother and teacher called us on the ...

We light the Rose Colored candle, a symbol of joy

The Happy Priest: Gaudete Sunday Reminds us to Rejoice Always!

By • Catholic Online • 12/11/2011

Joy is not to be understood as something superficial or immature.  The person who is filled with Christian joy possesses an immense treasure because the true Christian can smile and laugh even in the middle of the most terrible adversities and sufferings. Let us make this Christmas the best ...

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Sovereign Lord or Santa Claus?

By • Catholic Online • 12/11/2011

I wonder just how often I treat God as though He were Santa Claus instead of the Maker of the Universe. Donít get me wrong, I have nothing against the jolly old man in the red suit. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS, MIGHTY GOD, TOWER of STRENGTH, ALPHA and OMEGA, ...

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Guest Reflection: Come, Let Us Adore Him

By • Catholic Online • 12/10/2011

Prostrating ourselves with the shepherds and Magi in humility and love let us exclaim: "O! Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I put all my Trust in You!" BALTIMORE, Md. (Catholic Online) - Who has not dreamt of adoring the Christ Child in Bethlehem? Worshiping alongside the shepherds and angels on ...

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Advent Reflection: Learning Happiness and Freedom from John the Baptizer

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2011

John the Baptizer understood that life wasn't all about him. He emptied himself willingly and was thereby able to reveal Jesus to others. His humility opened a space within him for true joy to take root and he was set free! John is a sign of contradiction for an age drunk on self worship and lost ...

Advent - The Season of the Already - Not Yet

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2011

The older I get and the crazier the world seems to become, the more I think about His coming, about our hope in Him, and the final resurrection of the body. What you see now is not all there is in the Christian life. Advent is a time to review the lasting things in our lives. ...

Advent is a time for hope

An Advent Reflection On Confidence and Hope

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2011

"The hope expressed is that each one may be made holy by God and preserved irreproachable in his entire person -- "spirit, soul and body" -- for the final coming of the Lord Jesus; the guarantee that this can happen is offered by the faithfulness of God himself, who will not fail to bring to ...

Christmas: Battleground in the Culture War

By • The Interim • 12/7/2011

On Oct. 4, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on the ban on "celebratory religious music" upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the South Orange-Maplewood district in New Jersey. Parents and opponents organized an "illegal" night of Christmas and Hanukkah festivities. ...

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