Tag: Christmas

God created all people, desires to save them, pope says on Epiphany

God created all people, desires to save them, pope says on Epiphany

| Cindy Wooden | January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

In every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said.

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On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering children

On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering children

| Cindy Wooden | December 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The crying of Baby Jesus is not the only cry people should hear on Christmas; many children around the world are crying because of war, maltreatment and abuse, Pope Francis said.

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Merry Christmas from The Catholic Spirit and the Archdiocese St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

| December 18, 2014

One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is its music. As you know, I like to sing, but what truly moves me is the rhythm and cadence of the notes and the power of the words; these really touch my heart when I listen to Christmas songs. I like to include music in the Mass, sometimes in prayer, sometimes even in my homily, because the chords and chorus join in unity, as our voices together rise up as one to give honor and praise to God.

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Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“My favorite book of the year is ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ by the pope who gives me hope.”

That’s the word from Father Greg Esty, and he’s not alone in enjoying Pope Francis’ work; it appears on the top 10 list of book sales at St. Patrick’s Guild, then St. Paul merchant of religious goods. Father Esty, who is pastor of St. Genevieve in Centerville, was one of several clergy who responded to a Catholic Spirit email survey that asked what books they either were giving as Christmas gifts or recommending to others.

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Let there be light

Let there be light

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amazing Christmas displays you’ll want to see

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Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

| Cristina Muller | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier — a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums — is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.

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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 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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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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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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