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Surrender, and receive

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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As nearly any of their Christmas shopping lists would suggest, parents know all about surrendering wants and desires — primarily, their wants and desires — for the sake of their children. Going “without,” or with less, is part and parcel of “surrender.”

In the context of faith, we — as Catholic disciples — believe that we are called to surrender to God’s will, to sacrifice “for our good, and the good of all his holy church,” as we declare in the prayer over the gifts at Mass. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Advent week four: Surrender

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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We don’t need beautiful carols or exquisite artwork to tell us that, as Mary surrendered to God’s will, she welcomed

Worshippers pray in front of an image of Mary and the Christ Child Dec. 18, 2013, in the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus’ birth, in Bethlehem, West Bank. Advent is a time when Catholics revisit the example of Mary surrendering to God’s will to become the mother of Christ. (CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters)

God’s beloved Son with joy.

God has a plan — even when I don’t exactly know what it is or why he chose me for it. Mary taught me that.

The Holy Spirit who comes upon me will help me and will not leave me alone as I endeavor to find and accomplish the will of God in my life.

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Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

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WASHINGTON  — For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Thanks to their travels throughout the world over the past 40 years — he for the World Bank, she for the State Department — the Catholic couple has collected at least 500 Nativity scenes. Read more »

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” offers action and pleasing plot twists

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NEW YORK  — Despite the high price of a movie ticket these days, patrons are unlikely to come away from a showing of the engrossing sci-fi epic “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Disney) feeling shortchanged.

Vast in scale and operatic in intensity, this 152-minute visit to that galaxy far, far away is both satisfying and, for the most part, family-friendly. Read more »

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Author shares stories from his meals with St. John Paul II

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ROME — For some 25 years as pope, St. John Paul II would invite people to his table each day — sharing breakfast, lunch, dinner and conversation with a wide variety of cardinals, bishops, theologians, writers and friends.

George Weigel, the author and scholar, was one of those guests on dozens of occasions and it was over a meal that he asked Pope John Paul the questions that form the core of “Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II,” published in 1999. The meals and conversations continued, providing information for the sequel, “The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II — The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy,” published in 2010.

His last dinner with St. John Paul was Dec. 15, 2004. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 17, 2017

December 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Advent           

1) Is 61:1-2, 10-11  

Responsorial psalm: Lk 1:46-50, 53-54    

2) 1 Thes 5:16-24

Gospel: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

           

Living in the joy of the Gospel

“Rejoice in the Lord!” is the invitation of this Third Sunday of Advent when God’s word calls us, once again, to enter into the meaning of life in light of the mystery of the Incarnation, soon to be celebrated in the great feast of Christmas.

Traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, the theme of rejoicing in the Lord echoes through the readings and into our hearts and lives. Read more »

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Advent meditation: Joy during life’s struggles and sorrows

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Rejoice always! Those words from St. Paul in Thessalonians reverberate through the ages, through prayer and song. Again, I say rejoice.

This Advent, we take time to pray with St. Paul, one of history’s most compelling figures. A focused and intense man, he dedicated himself to persecuting followers of Jesus. Then, after a dramatic encounter on a journey to Damascus left him blinded and dazed, St. Paul changed course entirely. Read more »

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My soul rejoices through the darkness

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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My oldest was five when he asked me, “Was it me or Chapman who jumped in our mommy’s tummy when we heard the other mommy’s voice?” His friend’s mother and I were pregnant with them at the same time.

“Ummm, that was John the Baptist when he heard the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus.” I answered.

“Oh yeah. I thought it was me.” He replied, shrugging off the mix-up, returning to his coloring book. Read more »

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Joy from the inside out

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The crunch is upon us! Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come. We’re supposed to shout, “Joy to the world!” but the actual feeling of joy might seem quite distant or exhausting, forced, like a photographer’s insistence that we “smile” when we really don’t feel like it.

The wonderful readings for this Third Sunday of Advent come to the rescue of our harried hearts. Each in its own way brings this blessed time into comforting focus, and, as a gift for today and tomorrow, provides effective ways that we can grasp and cultivate lasting joy, not from external sources, but from deep within, where Christ dwells and the Holy Spirit moves. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Advent week three: Joy

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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This Sunday we’ll sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” during the processional. It’s a somber sounding hymn, but

First Sunday in Advent, Sisimiut, Greenland. (Wikimedia Commons)

we are reminded, He is coming and we should be filled with joy.

Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come.

We pray for the grace, this Advent season, to encounter the person of Christ who brings a peace that the world cannot give, a joy and peace surpassing understanding.

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