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The Widows Mite Teaches us to Live in the Economy of Heavenly Scale

By • Catholic Online • 11/26/2012

We are called to love and to live as Jesus. Everyone else in our life, when they are viewed in His marvelous light, is to be received as a gift. This becomes increasingly possible for us as we are freed from disordered self love. This process of being freed from disordered self love is the path to ...

Prepare the Way of the Lord.  Mark 1:2

Jesus Christ is Lord: Time to Move From Thanksgiving to Christ the King to Advent

By • Catholic Online • 11/25/2012

As we choose to live liturgically, moving through life in the flow of the liturgical calendar, we can experience the deeper mystery and meaning of life. Jesus Christ is Lord of All. The real question is not whether we will mark time, but how we will mark time? CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - ...

St Stephen the Deacon and Martyr

The Armor of Love: Octave of Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

By • Catholic Online • 12/27/2011

On this Feast of St Stephen the Deacon and Martyr of the Church, let us continue our clebration of the Octave of Christmas by reflecting on this soldier of Jesus Christ whose life was so conformed to the Lord that he imitated him in his death. Let us also pray for our deacons, that they can ...

Christmas Pointsettias - A Reminder of Redemption

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

We see them everywhere - in flower shops, department stores and grocery stores. The pointsettia came to North America in the early 1800's. Now they are as familiar this time of year as candy canes and carolers. While we pause, during these days in our Christmas celebration, to reflect on the reason ...

Today the Savior is Born: Congregation for the Clergy on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

The Lord's Nativity teaches us the concreteness of Christianity that is not a sentiment, but a relationship of the mind and heart with a Person, Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.Those who look at the Child of Bethlehem with faith do not see only a man, but God, the Invisible made visible, the Word ...

Love is born on Christmas morn

Love is Born on Christmas Morn - and the Whole World Begins Again

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

On the wonderful day called Christ-Mass, the world pauses at a manger. The great event of the Nativity of the Lord touches every man, woman and child. The world is presented with the Christian proclamation that "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."  The words rendered in English "dwelt ...

This is my Body given up for you!

Christmas Reflection on the Eucharist and Giving

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2011

As we draw near to our God this Christmas morning and receive the great gift of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, let us not hesitate to give ourselves back to Him. Let us enter the holy game, feel the uncreated rhythm, and join in the eternal dance which sanctifies us and the world. Let us also ...

Parish Celebration of the Las Posadas Gains Media Attention

By • Catholic Online • 12/24/2011

Fr. James Farfaglia, Catholic Online's "Happy Priest," is the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in the heart of Corpus Christi, Texas. After a 30 year absence, this year the parish re-established the celebration of a major Mexican celebration for Christmas - Las Posadas. WASHINGTON, DC ...

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers.His mother said to him, 'Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.' Luke 2:43-48

5th Joyful Mystery: Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2011

Like Mary and Joseph on that day in Jerusalem, our worrying ceases when we find Jesus. Our hearts are anxiously searching for Him, and we are troubled and frightened until we find Him. There is joy in finding Jesus; there is worry and fear without Him.  In every event of our day, every task, ...

Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as is written in the Law of the Lord, 'Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord.'

4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple

By • Catholic Online • 12/23/2011

He was given no special treatment, no exceptions. God was not about to break His own rules. He came to fulfill the Law, not toss the Law out the window. He came to live our human experience is every single way that we do, including obeying the law. We needn't ever worry when obeying God's law. ...

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