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A closer look at the Nativity story in Luke’s Gospel

A closer look at the Nativity story in Luke’s Gospel

| Joseph Kelly | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christmas is a major feast day, yet it is based upon small passages in two Gospels. These are the Nativity accounts in the first two chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

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Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message

Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message

| David Gibson | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

We know what kind of person the infant Jesus born on the first Christmas would be in adult life: someone known for drawing near to others and walking with them in their actual lives.

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Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

| Maureen Pratt | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Perhaps it’s the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with “Celebrate the season!” Or, maybe it’s the emphasis on reunions — bringing loved ones dear to us near to us for joy-filled sharing.

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Advent week four: Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty

Advent week four: Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty

| Father Graham R. Golden, O. Praem. | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ’s coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty.

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Advent week four: Making John the Baptist’s acquaintance in Advent

Advent week four: Making John the Baptist’s acquaintance in Advent

| David Gibson | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

What do you think the John the Baptist of real time 2,000 years ago looked like and sounded like? I’m talking about the fascinating desert preacher who makes a fresh appearance in Christian communities during the Advent season leading to Christmas.

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Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Advent week three: ‘I shall say it again: Rejoice!’

Advent week three: ‘I shall say it again: Rejoice!’

| Harry J. Dudley | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

What I love about the Advent season is that it captures the mixed reality of our lives. Our moments of joy and sorrow are often closely woven together.

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Advent week two — Reading the Advent season through nature

Advent week two — Reading the Advent season through nature

| Nancy de Flon | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled — God’s promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, “God with us.”

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Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

| Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To the contemporary Catholic, they can also present somewhat of a conundrum.

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Three Advent traditions to slow you down

Three Advent traditions to slow you down

| Shemaiah Gonzalez | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming.

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Advent week one — A new beginning

Advent week one — A new beginning

| Father Herb Weber | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this year, I will hear them in a new way.

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Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| March 22, 2018 | 9 Comments

Here are the church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

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