December 2012


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Te Deum 2012

Te Deum 2012

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Tonight's a big night!  Many of us will gather with family or friends to eat good food, watch the ball drop, ring in the...

Dec302012
Praying the Rosary Together

Praying the Rosary

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Editor's Note: The idea for this post originated when a Catholic high school theology teacher shared his discouragement...

Dec292012
Our Holy Families

Our Holy Families

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We first meet The Holy Family in Bethlehem (which is why we have this Solemnity today and not some other time of the year). For...

Dec282012
Reflecting on the Holy Innocents

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“A voice was heard in Ramah,sobbing and loud lamentation:Rachel weeping for her children,and she would not be...

Dec272012
A Marvelous Exchange

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522      The coming of God's Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over...

Dec262012
Picking Up What Saint Stephen Laid Down

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“Steve, I wouldn't pick up any rocks around here, you might get shot,” my father stated as I bent down to pick up a large...

Dec252012
We Must Bend Down

We Must Bend Down

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Editor's Note:  The following are excerpts from Pope Benedict's homily at Midnight Mass in 2011.  Let us join our Holy...

Dec242012
The Mystery of the Incarnation

The Mystery of the

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The Incarnation was something beyond any human expectation.  When we read the Old Testament today, we see so much that refers to...

Dec232012
A Woman Who Loves

A Woman Who Loves

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The following paragraph and prayer are excerpts from the Pope Benedit XVI’s encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est on Christian...

Dec222012
Longing for Christ

Longing for Christ

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Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved. Longing for the Lord to come is itself a good sign in...

Dec212012
Practicing Hospitality That Changes Us

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“It is no use to say that we are born two thousand years too late to give room to Christ. Nor will those who live at the...

Dec202012
The #gratefultweet Movement: Redeeming Our First Social Media Move of the Day

The #gratefultweet...

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What's the first thing you do as soon as you wake up in the morning after turning off your alarm?  Roll over and kiss your...

Dec192012
God’s Grace in Holiday Grief

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Advent has always been a special season for my family, with its invitation to slow down and wait with our Church family in...

Dec182012
Our Own Little Town of Bethlehem

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The Crèche, or “Nativity Scene” as it is most often called, has become an important part of our Christmas celebration....

Dec172012
O Antiphons (Sound Familiar?)

O Antiphons (Sound

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It's a busy time of year. There are only 8 shopping days left until Christmas (because, you have to have your gifts ready on...

Dec162012
Looking for Some New Family Christmas Traditions?

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Christmas is relatively easy to explain to our children.  What kid doesn’t love a birthday party?  Even so, it does...

Dec152012
Rejoice!

Rejoice!

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St. Paul says it best when he writes to the Philippians: “Brothers and sisters, rejoice!  I say it again: rejoice! ...

Dec142012
It’s a Love Story (Part 2)

It’s a Love

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is part two of the “It’s a Love Story” series.  If you missed part...

Dec132012
It’s a Love Story (Part 1)

It’s a Love

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Recently I had the great privilege of flying across the country to witness the marriage of two very dear friends. I watched the...

Dec122012
María de Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization

María de Guadalup

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In each baptism, we are reminded that the Church rejoices because God's family increases. Moreover, four graces are...

Dec112012
Hello, it’s me, Advent!

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I'm glad I'm a Catholic who celebrates liturgical seasons.  I think they are fun to observe and experience.  Christmas...

Dec102012
The Mystery in Us

The Mystery in Us

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463   Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: “By this you know the...

Dec092012
A Great Big Thanks Goes Out To…

A Great Big Thanks

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At Mass this weekend, you will most likely hear (or have heard) about the Retired Religious Fund.  You may be wondering why...

Dec082012
Our Patroness:  the Immaculate Conception

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In our nation's capital city, Washington D.C., stands a beautiful shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception....

Dec072012
Restoration from Exile

Restoration from E

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The Year: 587 BCThe Place: The Promised LandThe Event: The Fall of Jerusalem to the BabyloniansThe Results: Death, Destruction,...