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Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ: Advent is Always a Season of Mary

By • The Tidings • 12/11/2012

St. Thomas Aquinas used to say that besides God our Father, Mary is the only other one who could rightly call Jesus, 'Son.' Because she is the mother of Jesus, no one can help us more than Mary to grow in our awareness that we are children of God. LOS ANGELES (The Tidings) -  Advent is always ...

John the Baptizer

John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2012

Too often we associate repentance with some kind of wrong- headed self hatred. To the contrary, for those who have been schooled in its lessons like John the Baptizer, the way of voluntary penitence and conversion becomes the path to freedom and happiness. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - This ...

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2012

The Church, explains John Paul II, "proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary, who 'advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and loyally persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross'" (RM 2; LG 58). For this reason, it is especially important during the sacred season of Advent ...

Father Merrin, played by Max von Sydow, approaches the MacNeill home in Georgetown, from 'The Exorcist' (1973) directed by William Friedkin.

100 Best Catholic Movies

By • Catholic Online • 12/8/2012

It's regrettable that Catholic educators have yet to regard cinema as an important artistic tradition, one that should be studied along with literature, painting, theater, and music.  The advantage of studying film is its relative youth, having been born only a little over a century ago. ...

Pope Benedict XVI

Advent Catechesis: Pope Benedict XVI on the Benevolent Plan of God

By • Catholic Online • 12/7/2012

He came into the world, becoming a man like us , to bring His plan of love to fullness. And God demands that we become a sign of his action in the world. Through our faith, our hope, our love, He wants to enter the world again and again He wants to shine His light in our night. VATICAN CITY ...

St Bernard of Clairveaux

Advent Homily: St. Bernard on the Three Comings of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 12/6/2012

We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are. The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty. WASHINGTON (Catholic ...

Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873), the Italian novelist, whose masterpiece, I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), began the tradition of what can be called the 'Catholic novel.'

100 Best Catholic Novels. Or, How to Buy a Catholic Library for Christmas

By • Catholic Online • 12/5/2012

I welcome any controversy that may ensue from this list; in fact I will be disappointed if no one takes me to task. I'm always anxious to learn of titles I don't know, or have forgotten, or should know better, or be reminded that my own certainties may be unfounded.  WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic ...

Las Posadas - a Catholic Hispanic Tradition

By • Catholic Online • 12/4/2012

The Posadas are not to be confused with a mere Christmas party.  Instead, the Posadas should be seen as a religious event.  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - What is a Posada?  This is a question that a lot of people ask as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.  The tradition ...

Fr Randy Sly on the First Sunday of Advent and Preparing for His Comings

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2012

Advent is a wonderful opportunity to review those lasting things in our lives. Advent is a time for cleaning house, for digging into the the storehouse of living faith in order to prepare ourselves, so that we - and the world - will be ready for His coming(s).   WASHINGTON,D.C. ...

Advent wreath

Called to Prepare the Way for His Coming: We Need a Little Advent, Right this Very Minute

By • Catholic Online • 12/1/2012

The ritual of Catholic Christian life provides a form into which the freshness of the Spirit can be poured again and again.For me, celebrating Advent is a call to living faith, genuine repentance, ongoing conversion and the pursuit of holiness of life - the things that really matter. ...

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