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Exclusive: A Christmas Poem: Dream of Me

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2009

You own me completely, And now You are mine. I lavish a mother’s kisses on the tender face of God. Who could imagine such a thing? CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – We have had the honor of presenting the many writing gifts of Jennifer Hartline to our virtual Catholic community. With this poem ...

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Reflection: The Incarnation Dwells Among Us

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2009

When we think of the birth of Jesus Christ in terms of the fullness of the mystery of the Incarnation our understanding of Christmas changes. KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) – The Incarnation was made visible at the first Christmas about two thousand years ago. However, it actually began nine ...

I suspect Mary was overjoyed at the news of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, and couldn’t wait to get there and share the wonder of it all with her.  Now the two of them could delight in each other’s miracles and bask in the glory of God and all He had done by His power alone.  I can easily imagine them hugging and laughing and fussing over each other.

The 2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2009

Bring Christ to your family, as Mary brought Christ to Elizabeth’s. Let this mystery of the Rosary teach us to love our neighbor. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted ...

Gaudete Sunday - The 'Selah' of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2009

In a sense, Gaudete Sunday is our opportunity to pause and just reflect on His Coming… to have an Advent “selah”!. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Several years ago I preached a sermon entitled “Selah – the Pause the Refreshes.” This homily talked about that intriguing word in the Psalms – ...

Saint Padre Pio on the Immaculate Conception

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The Three Divine Persons imbue this sublime creature with all her privileges, her favors, and her graces, and with all of her holiness. The Eternal Father created her pure and immaculate and is well pleased in her for she is the worthy dwelling of his only ...

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O Virgin, by whose blessing all nature is blessed!

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2009

Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night – everything that is subject to the power or use of man – rejoice that through you they are in ...

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Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Points the Way

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2009

You and I may have to struggle to see through this glass darkly for now, but we can learn from Mary how to keep one eye on eternity. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - December 8th has been on my mind for many weeks now. I don’t think this feast day has ever been on my radar screen so intensely ...

He loved us first

By • Catholic Online • 12/2/2009

A discourse 'On the Contemplation of God' WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) - Truly you alone are the Lord. Your dominion is our salvation, for to serve you is nothing else but to be saved by you! O Lord, salvation is your gift and your blessing is upon your people; what else is your salvation but ...

'This Sunday we begin, by the grace of God, a new liturgical year, which opens naturally with Advent, a time of preparation for the Lord's nativity'.

Pope to Faithful: Welcome Advent with Hope, Prepare the Way for the Lord

Zenit News Agency • 11/30/2009

'The Lord Jesus came in the past, he comes in the present and will come in the future'. VATICAN CITY ( - Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address before praying the Angelus at midday with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. Dear Brothers and Sisters! This Sunday we ...

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The Season of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 11/5/2009

Each year, as the Church recalls this mystery - that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. She urges us to renew the memory of the great love God has shown us. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of ...

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