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Advent Season – Charles Borromeo

This reflection on the meaning of the Season of Advent, the time of preparation for the Coming of Jesus Christ, is an excerpt of a Pastoral Letter written by St. Charles Borromeo, bishop of Milan, Italy, in the 16th Century....

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Why Advent is all about Hope – Podcast

In this 13 minute podcast, Sonrise Morning Show host Anna Mitchell Interviews Dr. Italy on Advent as a season of Hope.  What precisely is Scripture talking about when it tells us that hope is one of the most important things a Christian needs?  And what...

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Moved by Love, God becomes Man – Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena on the immeasurable love of God demonstrated in the incarnation of the Word, when, moved by love, God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='65' color='' background_color='' border_color='']M[/dropcaps]y sweet Lord, look with mercy upon your people and especially...

Mary the Royal Virgin – Leo the Great

Leo the Great on Mary, the Royal Virgin of the house of David, mother of the Messiah and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.   Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, was associated with the Virgin Mary since Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus would have crossed...

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Christmas: Origins of the Feast

Where did December 25 come from as the celebration of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus?  What are the origins of the feast of Christ's Navity?...

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Santa Claus – How Do We Deal with Him?

Christmas, at least in the USA, is hard to imagine without Jolly ole Saint Nicholas, aka "Santa Claus."  Since some focus on him to the neglect of the Christ child, some propose that he be banished from an authentically Christian celebration of Christ's birth.  We...

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Two Fold Coming of Christ – Cyril of Jerusalem

This Advent reading on the two comings of Christ is an excerpt from Cyril of Jerusalem's famous catechetical instruction of adults getting ready for baptism around AD 360. Cyril contrasts Christ's first coming in humility with Jesus' second coming in glory....