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What is Advent?

What is Advent?

Advent? What is all about

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

Professor Karen King with the controversial papyrus scrap. The scrap is authentic, but its words are very likely fiction.

Papyrus that suggests Jesus was married is genuine, but it still doesn't prove much

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/11/2014

An ancient papyrus scrap has been declared authentic by subsequent scholarly review. The scrap is controversial because it suggests that Jesus may have had a wife. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In 2012, a scrap of papyrus became controversial after it was revealed to say "Jesus said to them, ...


Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5 billion from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

Billions seized in China's biggest corruption scandal in six decades

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/31/2014

In what is being described as China's biggest corruption scandals in six decades, Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5 billion from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang. Wide-ranging, more than 300 of Zhou's relatives, ...


May We Be Counted as Oxes and Asses before Jesus

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq. • Catholic Online • 12/26/2013

Therefore the Christmas crèche and the ox and the ass are intended to unsettle us:  "In this night, then, the faces of the ox and the ass look at us with a question: My people does not understand, but do you perceive the voice of your Lord?"  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - ...


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The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Christmas Story explained

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

Mary, Mother of God Mary Speaks From the Heart

A surprised Mary is afraid
A perplexed Mary is confused
An astonished Mary is faithful

A Young Mother Gives Birth

Making a difficult Journey
Facing difficult circumstances
The Fruit of Thy Womb...

Mary Remembers

The Angel's Visit
The conversation with Joseph
The Visit to Elizabeth

Jesus, Beloved Son A Birth Foretold

God speaks to Adam
Isaiah speaks to Israel
An Angel Speaks to Joseph

The Witnesses Gather

Watched from Heaven
Watched from Darkness
Watched by Man

The Plan Unfolds

Not just any child
Not just any destiny
Not just any result


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Daily Scripture Readings for Advent

Advent Daily Readings

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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