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Simeon spoke these mysterious words to the Virgin Mary: 'and you yourself a sword will pierce' (Lk 2:35). As Christians, we participate in Christ's own life. Consequently, in a sense, Simeon's words apply to every Christian who is wounded by the divine sword of love.

A Christmas Reflection on Trust In Providence

By • Catholic Online • 10/7/2011

We often set off on an unceasing quest to distance ourselves from every anxiety, and thus begin to live in such a way as to constantly seek change for "the better". There is a self-inflicted stress in such a life; a nervous movement toward some savored goal which, once attained, turns out empty. It ...

This icon entitled 'Our Lady of the New Advent' is relatively new. However, it is one of a myriad of beautiful icons of our Lady whose life 'at the ready', always listening for the Lord and open to His comings is the heart of this season.

Be on the Watch: Advent and the Coming(s) of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 2/11/2011

Let us be numbered among those who stay awake, living at the ready, saying “yes” to all of the invitations of grace given to us during this wonderful season of Advent. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - We begin our season of preparation for the Nativity of the Lord today with the First Sunday of ...

Pope addressing a General Audience in Paul VI Hall

Pope Benedict XVI: May the Child Jesus Not Find us Unprepared

Catholic Online • 12/25/2010

In the night of the world, we must let ourselves be amazed and illumined by this act of God, which is totally unexpected: God becomes a Child. We must let ourselves be amazed, illumined by the Star that inundated the universe with joy. VATICAN CITY, (Catholic Online) - We offer the translation of ...

Advent Reflection: Children are Christmas Promise Carriers

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2010

The Christmas Jesus teaches us about the inherent gift of children, full of promise, full of anticipation. Children simply love. Their smallness, like His, conceals the largess and presence of His love to us and to a languishing, desperate world. In welcoming the "least of these," we welcome the ...

Advent Reflection: Holy Mother, Holy Child, Born of Each Other

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2010

An ordinary day had suddenly become the most miraculous day in human history. The God she loves above all else has called her name; called her to come receive the most splendid gift.  And in an instant the God whom the universe cannot contain was safely tucked inside the darkness of her womb, ...

A Christmas Poem: Dream of Me

By • Catholic Online • 12/21/2010

Jennifer Hartline offers a poem reflecting on the beauty and the mystery of the Christ Child in the arms of his wonderful Mother. WASHINGTON, D.C.(Catholic Online) - Does he dream?  His eyelids flutter, and the faintest smile settles inJust a moment and is gone again, with a ...

Congregation for the Clergy on 4th Sunday of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

Wake up, therefore, because the birth of the Lord is almost at hand, let us go to meet Him in His glory: to listen to him, to love Him and to follow Him! CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - As we continue through our Advent preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord we offer the ...

'Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God' (Mt 5:8).

Advent: Season Of Preparation, Repentance, Penance And Renewal

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

"It is one's whole existence that becomes penitential, that is to say, directed toward a continuous striving for what is better. But doing penance is something authentic and effective only if it is translated into deeds and acts of penance" -- John Paul II Glade Park, CO (Catholic Online) -- As ...

'She gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.'  Luke 2:7

3rd Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Christ

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2010

In our world, material poverty means to be vulnerable, shunned, and perhaps worst of all, invisible.  Poverty is empty and deprived. What a stunning paradox then that God would offer Himself to us in poverty.  It's disarmingly brilliant.  We cannot refute the love of a God who sheds ...

Missing the Point: Racing Down the Royal Advent Highway

By • Catholic Online • 12/17/2010

As I raced through Advent, I was missing the point. Hurrying to accomplish, scrambling to tick items off the list, racing everywhere, rushing to get more stuff. It all reveals our modern focus has become terribly askew. What are we preparing for? We need Advent to help straighten the way, to teach ...

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