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Church of the Nativity Bethlehem

Our God was born in Bethlehem

By • Catholic-Link • 12/23/2012

The message of today's video is a scandalous one for many of our times. According to modern thinking, a "God" that is acceptable is one that doesn't interfere with our affairs. God is "allowed" to work perhaps as a far away creator, or in the world of thoughts and ideas, or even as a source of ...

Merry Christmas!

Peg Luksik Offers a Christmas Trilogy of Love

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2012

The television is full of stories "about Christmas" and none of them even mention the reason for the holiday. So, as my Christmas gift to you, I have written a trilogy of stories that center on the One Whose birth we celebrate. I hope you enjoy them. HARRISBURG, PA. (Catholic Online) - The ...

An Unexpected Christmas

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2012

Today's video gives us a backstage pass to the first scene of Christmas from Heaven's point of view. The children actors are genial and will certainly put a smile on your face. At the same time, the video offers us a moment to remember that God's answer for our lives many times aren't the one we ...

An Advent Story: Do You Want To Become A New Person?

By • Catholic Online • 12/20/2012

Have you ever wanted to become a new person, and live out a new, exciting and fulfilling life? Is true healing, completeness and wholeness what you seek? Do you crave forgiveness? Do you sense, however subtlety or perhaps subconsciously, the existence of a new and wondrous "horizon" ...

'Manger and Cross', by Beate Heinen

The Manger and the Cross: Calvary Begins in Bethlehem

By • Catholic Online • 12/17/2012

Perhaps we think: It's Christmastime; our hearts should be focused on the joy of His birth. Certainly! But perhaps something is missing then?  The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born ...

Pope Benedict on Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday: Happiness in Heaven is For Those who Know How to be Happy on Earth

By • Catholic Online • 12/16/2012

St. Josemaria Escriva once wrote, "I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth." (The Forge, 1005) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - We awakened this morning to hear, read and see the continuing tragic details coming out of Newtown, ...

In the 1950s nothing made a young boy happier than finding an electric train under the Christmas tree.

Dr. Deal Hudson on Christmas Loss and Gain

By • Catholic Online • 12/15/2012

My grandfather was the one who really sensed how enthralled I was with the electric train, and as soon as the gift opening was finished, he sat with me on the hardwood floor of the dining room to assemble it.  The train seem to fly around the track as I pushed the switch as far as I dared. ...

Advent: A Time To Seek Answers To Humankind's Most Pressing Questions

By • Catholic Online • 12/14/2012

When Pilate questioned Jesus, "'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice'" (Jn 18:37). This leads to another obvious question: How and where ...

To become humble is in reality to die to self. It is to become as a little child in abandonment to God, trusting completely in his goodness, power and divine providence. It is to give ourselves over unconditionally and without qualification to Christ. It is the humble who pray thus: 'Thy will be done in me, O glorious God.'

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2012

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let ...

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2012

No matter how fine the music, say Bach's Mass in B minor, a poor performance will leave the listener wondering where the "greatness" went. So the recommendations below represent a merging of both: All of the compositions are among the very best sacred music ever written, but the recorded ...

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