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A Benedictine Monk Reflects on Becoming a Light and Source of Joy for Others During Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/14/2011

We need to believe that the Light of Christ is capable and ready to pierce our own particular darkness, to illuminate our hearts and give us a steadfast hope by allowing Him to come near to us, welcoming Him anew . such that we entrust ourselves to Him and feel His presence with us, accompanying, ...

How can we strengthen our hearts? asks Pope Benedict. 'We do not lack help: The Word of God is there. Indeed, while everything passes and changes, the Word of the Lord does not pass.'

Pope: Be Constant, Patient, Have No Fear Of Being Adrift

By • Catholic Online • 12/14/2011

In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us of what St. James writes: "Learn from the farmer, he awaits with constancy the precious fruit of the earth until it has received the first and the last rains. You too must be constant, strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the ...

John stands as a sign on this Gaudete Sunday. He points  the the way to find lasting joy and happiness through living the lifestyle of self emptying.'He must increase and I must decrease.'

Gaudete!: ‘Rejoice in the Lord’ Sunday

By • Catholic Online • 12/14/2011

As we draw closer to the joyful Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, the Church, as mother and teacher, proclaims "Rejoice" CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - “Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete : modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed ...

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Advent: Time for Reflection on the God who is Here

By • Catholic Online • 12/13/2011

Let us truly and with purpose thirst for Christ’s coming. Let us be absorbed, moved, persuaded and changed by Advent. GLADE PARK, Colorado (Catholic Online) - On Saturday, November 28, 2009, during the Celebration of First Vespers of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI gave a homily regarding the season of ...

John the Baptizer

Congregation for the Clergy: John the Baptizer, Sent by God to Show us the Way

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2011

The Lord Jesus is greater than the Baptist, who says he is not fit to even undo the Lord's sandal-strap.  Even though the Baptist 'was not the light', he was called from the very depths of his heart to 'bear witness to the light' and so became the most excellent witness ever sent to prepare ...

Pope Benedict XVI in Rose colored Guadete Vestments

Gaudete Sunday: The Way to Christian Joy is Through Self Emptying Love

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2011

As we walk through the remaining days of Advent, the two biblical persons held before us in our readings at Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours will be John the Baptizer and Mary. We are invited to find the way of humility and thereby find the happiness of heaven - beginning  here ...

On this Sunday they are replaced with vestments of a rose color, a symbol of joy.

Gaudete! Rejoice because the Lord is near!

By • Catholic Online • 12/12/2011

'I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth.' (St. Josemaria Escriva) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) – In just a matter of days we will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. The Church as mother and teacher called us on the ...

We light the Rose Colored candle, a symbol of joy

The Happy Priest: Gaudete Sunday Reminds us to Rejoice Always!

By • Catholic Online • 12/11/2011

Joy is not to be understood as something superficial or immature.  The person who is filled with Christian joy possesses an immense treasure because the true Christian can smile and laugh even in the middle of the most terrible adversities and sufferings. Let us make this Christmas the best ...

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Sovereign Lord or Santa Claus?

By • Catholic Online • 12/11/2011

I wonder just how often I treat God as though He were Santa Claus instead of the Maker of the Universe. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the jolly old man in the red suit. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS, MIGHTY GOD, TOWER of STRENGTH, ALPHA and OMEGA, ...

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Guest Reflection: Come, Let Us Adore Him

By • Catholic Online • 12/10/2011

Prostrating ourselves with the shepherds and Magi in humility and love let us exclaim: "O! Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I put all my Trust in You!" BALTIMORE, Md. (Catholic Online) - Who has not dreamt of adoring the Christ Child in Bethlehem? Worshiping alongside the shepherds and angels on ...

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