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Advent: Rushing to the Side of Mary Watch

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In the second half of Advent, the liturgy focuses on the Incarnation and birth of Jesus at the first Christmas.  We think about Mary's ... continue reading


Pope Francis' Message to Young People this Advent Season: 'Don't lose hope'

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Pope Francis told young adults and teens participating in a Christmas songwriting contest to hold onto the hope, beauty, and love present ... 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


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: The Manger and the Cross - Calvary Begins in Bethlehem Watch

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All the events surrounding His birth reveal to us how closely life and death, Christmas and Easter, Bethlehem and Golgotha, the Manger and ... continue reading


Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

Image of To become humble is in reality to die to self. It is to become as a little child in abandonment to God, trusting completely in his goodness, power and divine providence. It is to give ourselves over unconditionally and without qualification to Christ. It is the humble who pray thus:

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw ... continue reading


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Elf on the Shelf meet 'Mary on the Mantel'

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For the past 16 years, Elf on the Shelf has become a tradition, both hated and loved, for families in the days leading up to Christmas. ... continue reading


We Need Advent 2020

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If ever there was a year that needs Advent, 2020 is that year. We have seen tragic deaths from the China virus (though thankfully, far ... continue reading


The Advent Calendar Watch

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An Advent calendar has become a tradition for many families when celebrating Advent and the Christmas season. Young children are full of ... continue reading


Sinner or saint God loves you, Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve Watch

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Vatican City, (CNA) - A person's weakness and sin does not change Christ's love for them, and Catholics should strive to treat others the ... 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


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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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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


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



Reaching Out: 7 Steps to a Blessed Christmas

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Sending singing carols, sending Christmas cards, giving gifts...It's all tradition and fun, but perhaps this is a wonderful time to really ... 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


Advent Reflection - Day 24 - The Fourth Tuesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 24 - The Fourth Tuesday of Advent This time, more than two thousand years ago, the Holy Family was traveling to ... continue reading


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