Tag: Jesus

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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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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Make some desert in your Advent

Make some desert in your Advent

| Liz Kelly | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was just one of those days. I found myself sitting at my desk, overwhelmed with work and deadlines and decisions to be made, deep concerns over loved ones seriously ill. I love my work and my life, but it was just piling so high. I needed to go walk in the desert with Jesus a while.

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People unable to give have become slaves to possessions, pope says

People unable to give have become slaves to possessions, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Life is for loving, not amassing possessions, Pope Francis said.

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Why did Jesus target the rich?

Why did Jesus target the rich?

| Father Terry Beeson | October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

October is usually when I preach about stewardship. So, the last thing I want to hear from Jesus is, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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The Church needs missionary disciples

The Church needs missionary disciples

| Crystal Crocker | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The recent announcements involving new scandal in our Church sadden me to the core of my being. Just when there seems to be light and hope, another tidal wave of scandal comes to take it away. The evil one is at the gate, and it seems he has invaded and the battle won’t end.

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Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules, pope says at Angelus

Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules, pope says at Angelus

| Cindy Wooden | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Doing God’s will means first of all believing in Jesus and allowing love for him to translate into love for one’s neighbors, Pope Francis said.

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Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

| Carol Glatz | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

With large sheets of plain plywood blocking public access to the Holy Stairs, one woman lovingly touched a large color photograph of the stairs, made the sign of the cross, lowered her head and prayed.

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Nothing for the journey but Jesus

Nothing for the journey but Jesus

| Father Robert Schwartz | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

When I was in college, I spent summers working as an orderly at the old St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. One of my duties was to care for an old priest, Father Paschal Kelly.

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The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest blessings and least known facts about the Eucharist is that, in the reception of holy Communion, a person’s venial sins are forgiven.

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