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

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

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." That iconic line from the 1986...

‘Catholic Forum’ includes multimedia Advent series with Father Richard Jasper

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is presenting a four-part multimedia Advent series being distributed via digital video, radio broadcasts, and podcasts. Written and hosted...

Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

WASHINGTON — The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really...

Advent week two — Reading the Advent season through nature

Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled -- God's promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and...

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

“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of...

Advent week one — Three Advent traditions to slow you down

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

Advent week one — A new beginning

When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this...

Salisbury children learn about Advent from St. Nick

For The Dialog   SALISBURY, Md. — St. Nicholas helped religious education students at St. Francis de Sales Parish learn about Advent while providing them an...

Decorating for Christmas on Christmas Eve? It’s the beginning, not end,...

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that...

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