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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

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

December 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

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“Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.” (Invitatory Antiphon for Christmas Day, Liturgy of the Hours) “Today our Savior is born; let us rejoice.  Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life… Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition.  Bear in mind who is your head... Read More

A Christmas Meditation

December 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Christmas, Fr. Najim, Seasonal Meditations

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In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over a picket fence. One asks, “Anything new happen lately?” The other responds, “Nothing much. A new baby was born over at Tom Lincoln’s place, but nothing much ever happens around here.” Can you imagine the same... Read More

The Crisis that Led to “A Christmas Carol”

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

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Life, As I Find It In 1843 Charles Dickens was in trouble. After writing a series of best-selling novels – The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby, he had seen a down-turn in his popularity. The serialized The Old Curiosity Shop had proven controversial due to the heart wrenching death of a main character,  Barnaby Rudge and Martin Chuzzlewit simply didn’t capture the interest... 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

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part II of II)

December 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

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Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part II of II) In part one, we looked at the different themes that run through the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Today, we will examine why it seems that Pope Francis should like this film and the fact that it succeeded even when many did not consider it a success until much, much later. I don’t know if Pope Francis likes... Read More

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part I of II)

December 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Paul McCusker, Seasonal

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Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life”  (Part I of II) Life, As I Find It In 1945, Academy Award-winning director Frank Capra returned to feature-filmmaking after spending the previous five years serving his country during World War 2. He was nervous. Did he still have the right creative sensibilities to produce films people would want to see? It’s remarkable to think that the... 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

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