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Give Your Family as Special Gift Make a Memory

By • Catholic Online • 11/29/2011

WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) - Memories are powerful things. They can build us up or tear us down. If used as a positive force, they can help change the world. When you make a memory as a family, you are investing in a legacy that will be passed down for generations. Many years ago my wife and ...

Advent: Mary Leads her Children into 'The Way' of following Her Son Jesus

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2011

"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths" (Is 2:3). As we enter into the sacred season of Advent, one of preparation for the arrival of the Christ Child, it is the Virgin Mary who beckons us to set ...

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Advent with Augustine: 'We celebrate the martyrs with love and fellowship'

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2011

We assemble to celebrate the memory of the martyrs with ritual solemnity because we want to be inspired to follow their example, share in their merits, and be helped by their prayers. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - One of the great treasures of the Catholic Christian faith is that we stand on ...

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Advent with Augustine: 'God's promises are Given Through His Son'

By • Catholic Online • 11/28/2011

"Even so, it was not enough for God to send his Son to point out the way he made his Son the way itself, so that we can go on our journey guided by him as he walks along his own way." CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - One of the great treasures of the Catholic Christian faith is that we stand ...

Congregation for the Clergy on the First Sunday of Advent: Stay Awake, the Lord Comes

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

We are called to be vigilant because we do not know the 'precise moment' when the master will return to the house.  The 'house' can be seen as an image of the Christian community which prepares itself with vigilance through prayer and works, to welcome the master.  The 'house' can also be ...

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The Happy Priest Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

The commercialization of Christmas can become a terrible distraction for those who really desire to celebrate Christmas correctly.The Advent season gives us a fresh opportunity to look at our lives and deepen our relationship with the Lord Jesus who has come already in humility and will come again ...

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The twofold coming of Christ

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

'The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom'. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Here is an excerpt from a Homily by St. Cyril of Jerusalem for our Advent Prayer and Reflection: The twofold coming of Christ We do not preach only one coming ...

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Advent: The Fiat of Mary: From Fretting to Faith

By • Catholic Online • 11/27/2011

Imagine what it would be like to have an unexpected encounter with an angel. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - You are just having a typical day, going about your business and regular routine, when all of a sudden a heavenly visitor appears before you. Not only does he talk to you, but he also ...

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Who are my Mother and My Brothers? Correcting a Mistake, Recovering our Family

By • Catholic Online • 11/26/2011

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - ...

Imagine, just like the fullness of man and woman depends on their being one flesh, so too has God willed that the fullness of the Incarnation should depend on Christ becoming one flesh with the Church. This is astounding!

An Early Advent Reflection: The Incarnation Still Dwells Among Us

By • Catholic Online • 11/25/2011

When we think of the birth of Christ in terms of the fullness of the mystery of the Incarnation, Christmas becomes more meaningful for us because in a very real sense Christ is being born in each one of us. And he will continue to be born in us until his Incarnation attains absolute fullness, and ...

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