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  • Gaudete Sunday – Advent Joy & John the Baptist

    John the Baptist is often thought of as a stern, grim figure. But as a matter of fact, he could be the patron saint of joy! Maybe that's why is is the focal point of the gospel for Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. Joy comes only through humility and repentance....

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    Rejoice in Hope – Gaudete Sunday & John the Baptist

    Gaudete Sunday calls us to rejoice in hope. As John the Baptist found joy amidst suffering due to the Good News that the Christ had appeared, we too pause from our Advent penance to rejoice in a salvation that has drawn near and whose first fruits we can taste....

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    Catholic Gift Giving – Restoring Meaning to Christmas & Birthdays

    ctions speak louder than words.  One picture is worth a thousand words.  Talk is cheap. We have lots of different sayings that generally express the same thing–words alone are inadequate to express lots of things, especially personal messages like “I love you.” So human beings......

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    The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

    We all know the elements of the Christmas story: Caesar's census and Herod, shepherds and Magi, ox & ass, swaddling clothes & manger, a stable and not room in the inn, Emmanuel and the Prince of Peace. But underneath each of these people, places, and things, there is hidden a wealth of meaning that often goes unnoticed....

  • Holy Land Safety

    December 13, 2017 ear friends, If any of you have told many friends and family that you are going to the Holy Land, you probably have been told “you’ve got to be crazy!” For those following TV news about recent protests over the move of......

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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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    The Advent Mystery – Annunciation & Incarnation

    The biblical term "mystery" refers to a long thread running through history, hidden under ordinary faces and events.  It comes to a climax in an Angel's annunciation to a Virgin that puts together many biblical concepts -king, messiah, emmanuel, son of God - pondered on the fourth Sunday of Advent....

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    Hanukkah – Why it’s not just for Jews

    Hanukkah, which always occurs during the Christian season of Advent, has a significance not only for Jews but for Christians and all lovers of religious freedom....

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    Our Lady of Guadalupe – Story of the Apparition

    This is an excerpt that recounts the famous apparition of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, to the Indian, Juan Diego, on Tepeyac hill outside of Mexico City in the year 1531. The annual Feast commemorating this marvelous event is celebrated on December 12.......

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    Epiphany Means Here Comes Everybody

    The Solemn feast of the Epiphany of the Lord traditionally occurs on January 6 following the twelve days of Christmas. Epiphany commemorates three scriptural events: the visit of the Magi to the stable of Bethlehem following the nativity of Jesus, Christ's Baptism in the Jordan, and his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. This article focuses on the significance of the Magi or three wise men who follow the star in search of the King of kings....

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