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Advent and Christmas

5 Ways to Prepare the Way of the Lord: An Advent Spiritual Exercise (Gospel Reflection)

Father Ian VanHeusen presents a gospel reflection and spiritual exercise on the Mass readings from the 3rd Sunday of Advent,…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Priest or Seminarian in Your Life!

We always expect to see the priest at Mass, especially during the holidays. We watch the deacon assist during sacraments…

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Advent and Christmas

3 Thought Experiments to Unleash Glory in Your Life (Gospel Reflection)

Father Ian VanHeusen presents a gospel reflection and spiritual exercise on the Mass readings from the 2nd Sunday of Advent,…

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Advent and Christmas

Starting a New Season (of Your Life) – Gospel Reflection

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four…

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Official Catholic Blessing For Your Christmas Tree

Have your Christmas tree all set up? Take some time as Family to ask for God’s blessing over it! The…

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Official Blessing for Your Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene

Once you have your Nativity Scene all set up, take some time to ask for God’s blessing as a family….

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Keep Watch: The Meaning of Life Hangs on a Promise Already Kept (Gospel Reflection)

“Man is a rope stretched between the animals and the ‘overman’” ~ Nietzsche Gospel Reflection for the First Sunday of…

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Advent and Christmas

5 (FREE!) Advent Resources That Will Help You Focus On Jesus

This year’s Advent season will be the shortest possible Advent. With Christmas on a Monday, the fourth week of Advent…

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“Rejoice!” – An Advent Gem from Benedict XVI’s Infancy Narratives

A striking feature of the angel’s greeting is that he does not address Mary with the usual Hebrew salutation shalom…

Mother Teresa’s Secret To Doing Advent Well

Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.

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A Christmas Carol by St. Alphonsus Liguori

O King of Heaven! from starry throne descending, Thou takest refuge in that wretched cave; O God of bliss! I…

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What are the Three Advents (Comings) of Christ? How Can We Hasten Them?

The archetype for that coming of Christ, which we might call a “spiritual incarnation”, is always Mary. Just as the…

Benedict XVI

Where the Eucharist is celebrated, a great network of peace spreads through the world

Among Christians, the word “peace” has taken on a very particular meaning: it has become a word to designate communion…

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What Kind of People Were the Shepherds? Why Did God Choose Them?

Tonight let us look at the shepherds. What kind of people were they? In the world of their time, shepherds…

Benedict XVI

3 Moments When Mary Had Reason to “Fear” the Annunciation

These words, “Do not fear”, must have deeply penetrated Mary’s heart. We can imagine how in various situations the Virgin…

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The Real Commitment of Advent: Not Expensive Gifts, But Joy

We cannot keep solely for ourselves this joy that we have received; joy must always be shared. Joy must be…