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Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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‘O Antiphons’ praise Christ-child’s attributes during Advent’s last days

‘O Antiphons’ praise Christ-child’s attributes during Advent’s last days

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

An antiphon is a verse or phrase sung or recited aloud or read silently before and after a Psalm or Canticle during the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. The text is often a direct quote from Scripture, a brief reflection on a Scripture text, or a verse pertaining to the feast day, the liturgical season or the saint of the day.

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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Give the gift of love

Give the gift of love

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we shift into Christmas preparation mode, we start to think about what gifts we’ll give our family and friends. But where did the practice of giving gifts at Christmastime come from? What are the spiritual foundations to this long-standing Christmas tradition?

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Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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From darkness to light, from sadness to joy

From darkness to light, from sadness to joy

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

During Advent, the Church pays special attention to the struggle between darkness and light. December is one of the cloudiest months of the year, and the gloomy, gray, dreary, overcast skies can dampen our spirits. Moreover, the days keep getting shorter up to the winter solstice — the shortest day of the year when the light is the least and the darkness is the greatest. The heaviness of the darkness can lead to sadness and feeling down in the dumps.

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St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

| Alyssa Bormes | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nearly three decades earlier, I had picked Andrea/Andrew because I thought it sounded so cool with the rest of my name: Alyssa Marie Andrea Bormes. God, who cannot be outdone, gave the pretentious teenager her sound, but he slipped in a mission along with it.

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Advent Week 1 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 1 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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Use that Advent wreath this year

Use that Advent wreath this year

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Advent wreath should be more than a nice decoration to have around the house during the holidays.

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Making room for Jesus

Making room for Jesus

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

“There was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) when Jesus was born on the first Christmas.

Mary and Joseph went off to a stable or cave, off by themselves, off alone. No space was reserved for Jesus when he came. There was no hospitality, no welcome. There was severe overcrowding in and around Bethlehem, and the local residents and visitors alike were unwilling or unable to receive Jesus when he was born.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent — Nothing is impossible with God

Fourth Sunday of Advent — Nothing is impossible with God

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fourth Sunday of Advent — Dec. 22

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