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Everyday Emmanuel

Everyday Emmanuel

| Jonathon Liedl | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

You’re probably familiar with Narnia, C.S. Lewis’ setting for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” where it’s “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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How can I be joyful?

How can I be joyful?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. This time of the year is difficult for me. I have so much uncertainty and pain in my life, and the holidays often only remind me of my suffering and loneliness. How can a person actually have joy in a world like this?

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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: 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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‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth, pope says

‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Annunciation — the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God’s son — was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said.

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God entered our ‘mess’ to save us — and he still does

God entered our ‘mess’ to save us — and he still does

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I remember the first time I visited Bethlehem. I got out of the taxi into a noisy, dusty, dirty city square guarded by Israeli soldiers — not exactly the scene I pictured in my head as a child singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Upon entering the Basilica of the Nativity, visitors have to bend down to get into the door, which was designed small to keep camels out. It is one of the oldest continually-used churches in Christendom. Built by St. Helena in the fourth century, it frankly looks 1,700 years old. The walls are almost black from the candle soot, and the floor is filthy and worn from millions of pilgrims.

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Evangelizing the ‘gift of the season’ through the year

Evangelizing the ‘gift of the season’ through the year

| Deacon Gordon Bird | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

This time of year we celebrate. Yet we’re reminded of how the Holy Family, who through persecution, joys, labors, prayers and sufferings, dealt with the ups and downs of life.

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Presents will fade, but love remains

Presents will fade, but love remains

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to Forbes Magazine, American holiday spending exceeded $1 trillion in 2016, and it dropped to a little more than $700 billion in 2017. As we are now just a few days away from Christmas in 2018, no doubt Americans have started to rack up an impressive amount of spending again this year.

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Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

| Carol Glatz | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said.

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Christian, Muslim leaders join Jordan’s king for Christmas celebration

Christian, Muslim leaders join Jordan’s king for Christmas celebration

| Dale Gavlak | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

As sectarian strife engulfs neighboring Mideast countries, Jordan’s King Abdullah II invited Catholic and other leaders to celebrate Christmas in the spirit of fraternity and harmony the holiday symbolizes.

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Priests at Christmas: Reflect on God’s love

Priests at Christmas: Reflect on God’s love

| December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Spending time with Christ in front of a Nativity set and his presence in the Eucharist, reflecting on Scripture, exchanging gifts and gathering with family and friends.

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