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Advent Reflection - Day 21 - The Third Saturday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 21 - The Third Saturday of Advent Our spiritual preparations are important, but of course, we must make worldly ... continue reading


How to Handle Christmas Stress Watch

Image of Taking care of your self during the holidays is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

Christmas is a season full of joy and happiness. Families gather and spend special, meaningful time together. This should be a time where ... continue reading





Advent Reflection - Day 20 - The Third Friday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 20 - The Third Friday of Advent Today we reflect upon our worthiness to receive the Lord. We should take stock of ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 19 - The Third Thursday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 19 - The Third Thursday of Advent John the Baptist was born to Zachariah and Elizabeth when they were advanced in ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 18 - The Third Wednesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 18 - The Third Wednesday of Advent The Prophet Jeremiah referred to Christ as an "upright branch," proclaiming that ... continue reading


And so we wait

Image of Advent offers us a wonderful opportunity to learn how to wait patiently, prayerfully and trustingly on the Lord.

Waiting is a natural part of life. But it's often hard to wait. And in our modern world which pampers us in so many ways with instant ... continue reading





Advent Reflection - Day 17 - The Third Tuesday of Advent Watch

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Advent - Day 17 - The Third Tuesday of Advent Today, we contemplate how close we are to the arrival of Jesus. We will begin adding the "O ... continue reading


ADVENT CONVERSION: Is it Possible to Stop Sinning? 5 Ways we can Sin Less

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The Sacred Liturgy for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and also for the holy season of Advent points us to stop sinning. Make ... continue reading


Full of Grace: We Learn to Live a Life of Yes from Mary Watch

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What came about in bodily form in Mary, the fullness of the godhead shining through Christ in the Blessed Virgin, takes place in a ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 16 - Third Monday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 16 - Third Monday of Advent On this day, we remember that Joseph and Mary sought shelter before Christ was born. ... continue reading



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Advent? What is it all about

What is Advent? The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

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The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading




Advent Daily Readings

Daily Scripture Readings for Advent The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading


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The Christmas Gift: Because Jesus is Born, We Can Be Born Again Watch

Image of That beautiful Child was born in a manger so that the world can be born again in Him. He became like us, so that we can become like Him. As sons and daughters in the Son, we can live for eternity in an intimate communion of love in, through and with Him. That reality begins today for all who say Yes to the gift being offered. Merry Christmas

On the day called Christ-Mass, the whole world pauses - at a manger, a crib, a creche. The Nativity of the Lord touches every man, ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 26 - The Fourth Thursday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 26 - The Fourth Thursday of Advent This is the last day of this year's Advent preparations. Tonight, we greet the ... continue reading


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5 Ways to keep Jesus in your Christmas celebrations this year

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Christmas is a magical time of year when decorations line the streets, children are suddenly behaving and the Post Office struggles to keep ... continue reading


Get your oven mitts ready, it's time to bake Christmas cookies! Watch

Image of A Christmas isn't complete without Christmas cookies on the table.

Logs are burning in the fireplace and a sweet holiday tune escapes from the stereo. Christmas is here and it's time to break out those eggs ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 25 - The Fourth Wednesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 25 - The Fourth Wednesday of Advent Within Mary's womb, our Savior stirs. The moment is near! The Holy Family turns ... continue reading


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