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Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

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I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part III of III

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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In our last post, we looked at the busy-ness and practical tips for the Advent season.  Today, we’ll examine the roots of Advent sadness, how to go on the offensive and a story to help bring home the message of the season. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Silence

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“Let me see you, let me hear your voice.” These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray. How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery? To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise our hearts... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Seasonal Meditations

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Christians have the duty to rejoice, to express their joy to the world. Great thinkers like St. Augustine explain to us that joy is love which possesses its object. When we have what we most desire, we are able to enjoy and rest in what we love. We also know that many things we desire, even when we attain them, do not provide a joy that lasts. Most things we desire are too small to occupy our hearts... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part II of III

December 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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In our previous post, we looked at why God invented the liturgical seasons and adjusting attitudes as well as making practical adjustments.  Today we will look at the source of busy-ness and practical tips. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and... Read More

The Three Advents of Ascent

December 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Seasonal Meditations

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The Three Advents of Ascent As I sit here writing this I just returned from giving a retreat to a group of Directors of Religious Education based in part on my book Navigating the Interior Life. We talked about spiritual growth secrets of the saints yesterday, and then with one more session to go, I lost my voice – 100% gone. Now at home I am wiped out, tired, and feeling run down. Even so, I... Read More

How Can Jesus be Born in Our Hearts This Christmas?

December 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Mary Kaufmann, Seasonal

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Being prepared for Christmas is much more than buying a tree and gifts! While Our Lord wants us to prepare, to prepare our hearts so the outward tasks of the season will be ways we love others, He wants something more. Jesus wants to be born in our hearts this Christmas, for this is our real human destiny: to be alive with Jesus from within! Servant of God Luis Martinez (1881-1956), the late Archbishop... Read More

New Retreat Guide for Advent on The Three Wise Men

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guide

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Dear Friend in Christ, Our latest Retreat Guide, Starlight: A Retreat Guide on the Three Wise Men, is NOW AVAILABLE at www.rcspirituality.org The journey of the Three Wise Men who followed a star to Bethlehem, a journey which the entire Church celebrates on the Solemnity of Epiphany as the culmination of the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas, is like a living parable. And in this Retreat... Read More

Life Changing Christmas Gift Ideas

December 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Resources, Seasonal Meditations, Software

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Life Changing Christmas Gift Ideas A Christmas List that Will Transform Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love If you hate shopping as much as I do or if you just struggle with ideas for some of those strange or much beloved but hard to shop for Catholics in your life, I have a few ideas that might help. They range in price from very expensive, to less than $20.00. All of these ideas are unique... Read More

Watching and Waiting: Advent in Carmel

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Watching and Waiting To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. What words can do justice to a wordless experience? Well, the most... Read More

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