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  • mary model of faith marian devotion 4th fourth Sunday of Advent solemnity of the immaculate conception full of grace maria modello di fede devozione mariana
    Immaculate Conception & Mary as a Model of Faith

    The Gospel of Luke presents Mary, mother of Jesus, as the model of faith, showing us what faith must include to be authentic and effective. And imitating Mary's virtue is key to an authentic Marian devotion....

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    Advent as the Season of Hope

    Advent is a season of joy & hope. Paul says to rejoice in hope. But what is hope, anyway? How does this theological virtue differ from faith and what does it have to do with rejoicing?...

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    Advice to Pastors – Ambrose

    Ambrose of Milan, one of the greatest pastors of all time, gives this advice to pastors regarding what it means to be a shepherd and a bishop. It is read annually on the liturgical memorial (feast) of St. Ambrose on December 7....

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    Christ, the Farmer & the Garden of the Spirit

    The human soul is like a house or garden . . . if left untended by the Master, it is invaded by filth and vermin.  But Christ, here depicted as a farmer, has ploughed the wild field of humanity with the wood of the Cross and is willing to plant a garden of the spirit in the hearts of all who accept him which will yield abundant and marvelous fruit....

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    Advent – The Reason for the Season

    The Advent season is more about preparing for the second coming of Christ than for Christmas. To prepare for his final coming is more about action than end-times speculation....

  • saint columbanus image likeness God November 23
    Love, the Image & Likeness of God – Columbanus

    Columbanus (Columban) urges us to remember our dignity, created as we are in the image and likeness of God.  Since God is love, we must manifest love in our actions and our words, being especially careful lest we deface that image through careless use of the tongue....

  • Advent Reminds us to Wake Up – You Snooze, You Lose!

    During a time when parties and endless carols dull our spiritual senses, the message of Advent urges to wake up and be alert and vigilant. Our society is asleep spiritually. Here are some ideas to rouse ourselves, our famlies and our neighbors to a preparation for Christmas that is more life-giving and meaningful....

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    Honor both the Name & Body of Christ – 2nd Century Homily

    This excerpt from a second century homily speaks of what it means to honor and blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ, and the Church, the body of Christ. "Is the Lord’s name blasphemed? It is because we say one thing and do another." His insistence that we "walk our talk" tells us that to honor the Lord means to live out his teaching....

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    Christ’s Second Coming – Augustine

    Augustine comments on the Last Judgment scene found in Matthew 25 and speaks about the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and how to be properly prepared for it by showing the same mercy to others by which we wish to be judged....

  • apocalypse armageddon megiddo revelation second coming christ end of the world 33rd Sunday ordinary B C Apocalisse e la Battaglia Finale contra l'Anticristo
    Armageddon, Apocalypse & the Final Battle

    The Apocalypse — What does the Bible really teach about the End of the World, Armageddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ and the final battle against the Antichrist? The gospels and the book of Revelation raise many apocalyptic questions for Christians. henever I lead......

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