Monday, December 11, 2017

St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition

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St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition

Heaven

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The Apocalyptic Lessons of Advent

The Apocalyptic Lessons of Advent

The Apocalyptic Lessons of Advent

"In Advent, we learn again that Christ is our origin and our end. All things that matter have their source in Him and move towards Him as their destination..."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Meet Anna Zelíková, a holy teenager who had an “apostleship of smiling”



Meet Anna Zelíková, a holy teenager who had an “apostleship of smiling”

"Born on July 19, 1924, in what is now the Czech Republic, Anna Zelíková was a simple teenager who loved Jesus dearly. She learned of the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who at the time was newly…"

Ascend to God

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Our Life is an Advent

Mother Calls, by Mark Mallett




Don't be afraid... Mother calls.

Mother Calls

by Mark Mallett

St. Lucy's Feast Day: Celebrate with Lights and Sweets!



St. Lucy's Feast Day: Celebrate with Lights and Sweets!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Scripture Speaks: Prepare Your Hearts



Scripture Speaks: Prepare Your Hearts:

" In Advent, if we ask how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus in this new liturgical year, today’s readings are loaded with answers. Gospel (Read Mk 1:1-8) At the beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, he announces that Isaiah’s centuries-old prophecy of one who will prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah …"

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

"Today the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is the day we celebrate how Our Heavenly Mother was the first to receive the merits of her Divine Son’s Paschal Mystery. Unlike us, she was conceived without the taint of Eve’s sin coursing through her. Do we contemplate this great mystery? What it …"

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary



The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"St. Ann conceived Mary, not by the power of the Holy Spirit as Jesus was conceived, but by normal means.  However, when she was conceived in her mother’s womb, Mary was without the stain of original sin.  This was a special grace granted by God.  Truly, this was what God had willed for all mankind, …"

It’s All Grace: The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception



It’s All Grace: The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

"The deepest meaning of the Immaculate Conception is that it was the grace of God working mysteriously from the moment of her conception that made possible Mary’s exemplary life of faith..."

The Perfect Model of Holiness

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"The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the infallibly defined dogma of the Catholic Church that "God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order to carry out her mission she herself was conceived immaculate. This means that, thanks to the grace of God and in anticipation of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved from original sin from the first instant of her conception" (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Chosen by God to be the Mother of the Savior and the "New Eve," Mary Immaculate is a type of the Church and the perfect model of holiness for all Christians. Mary under this title is the patroness of the United States of America, and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation."

Praise Mother Mary, and We Praise Her Son

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

St. Ambrose



St. Ambrose

"Ambrose was born in 340 in Trier, Germany, and grew up to be a very successful lawyer. He later became governor of Milan, Italy, and lived on a large estate. In 374, there was a great controversy brewing between Catholics and Arians (heretics who argued against the divinity of Christ). When the Bishop of Milan …"

Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation

Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation

Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation

"These are the riches hidden in these few words: “In you and in one of your race all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

Our Entire Body Should Serve God

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

EWTN Daily Catholic Mass - 12/6/17 - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, St Nicholas Day

Invitation to Sanctity



from Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction:

Invitation to Sanctity:

" Invitation to Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating Him as the Redeemer and Sanctifier of my soul.

MEDITATION

“Where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Romans 5:20). Adam’s fall brought about the destruction of God’s plan for man’s sanctification. Our first parents, …"

The Expectancy of Advent

The Expectancy of Advent

The Expectancy of Advent

"Advent couldn’t arrive at a more appropriate time of year. Just when we’re getting revved up for special parties, homemade dishes to complement fine feasts, gift shopping, and lavish decorating, the Church reminds us to be still. To listen. To wait with God and for Him. It can be agonizing to wait in silence when …"

Path to Everlasting Life

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"To use this life well is the pathway through death to everlasting life."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Two things to remember this Advent: Now and the hour of our death


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Two things to remember this Advent: Now and the hour of our death

"I don’t recall who brought it to my attention, but it makes complete sense. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…"

Perfect Peace