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Holy Land Safety

December 13, 2017 [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']D[/dropcaps]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...

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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. [dropcaps...

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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,...

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Feast of the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is an essential part of the Christmas Season. It makes clear that the Incarnation means not just that the Divine Word assumed a human body, but entered into every aspect of human life, including family life....

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John is the Voice, Jesus is the Word – Augustine

Augustine contrasts the role of John the Baptist, the voice crying out in the wilderness, with that of his cousin, Jesus, the Word of God made flesh. The humility of John, who prepared the way of the Lord, is highlighted. His joy was complete to...

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Prepare the Way – Advent & Road Construction

Advent's theme can be summed up in the word's of Isaiah 40: Prepare the way of the Lord!  But what are the mountains that need to be leveled and the valleys that need to be filled in?  Here's a road map through the desert of...

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...

Is X-mas an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas?

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']H[/dropcaps]appy Holidays! Seasons Greetings.  Holiday Tree.  For years our increasingly secular culture has worked hard to expunge “Christ” from “Christmas.” So it is understandable that serious Christians would be suspicious of using “Xmas” to refer to the feast of Christ’s birth. But...

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Three Comings of the Lord – Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux says there are three comings: Advent prepares not just for the first coming of Christ to Israel, or even the second at the end of time. There is a third coming between these two in which Jesus comes in spirit...