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December 2017

What are the Twelve Days of Christmas?
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December 27, 2017

What are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

And are they a secret code for relaying the Gospel? Among the most popular traditions surrounding the celebration of Jesus’ birth is the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” While many are familiar with the famous English carol, few realize the real…
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Here’s how to get your wine blessed on the feast of St. John
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December 27, 2017

Here’s how to get your wine blessed on the feast of St. John

The Church even wants your spirits to be made holy. In the Catholic Church, we believe that God desires every aspect of our lives to be made holy. Whether it’s the door of your home, your car, or a cheeseburger, the Church has…
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Try this meditation from St. Ignatius to go deeper in Christmas prayer
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December 27, 2017

Try this meditation from St. Ignatius to go deeper in Christmas prayer

Drawn from the Spiritual Exercises, it is true to Ignatius’ imaginative-contemplative style of prayer. Contemplating the Baby in the manger is an invitation to prayer, but it’s easy to get stuck in sweet sentiments. St. Ignatius’ meditation on the Incarnation…
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Why are there three different Masses on Christmas?
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December 26, 2017

Why are there three different Masses on Christmas?

The custom is centuries old and highlights different aspects of the Nativity story. Almost every Christian church has their ever popular Christmas Eve service. It is the service everyone flocks to before coming home to host family and friends for…
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5 Quotes from the Church Fathers on the beauty of Christmas
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December 26, 2017

5 Quotes from the Church Fathers on the beauty of Christmas

These holy saints can help us discover a beauty that we sometimes miss. Christmas is truly a beautiful time of the year and not simply because of the decorations, tree or resplendent lights. It is a time of profound beauty…
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Did St. Thomas the Apostle baptize the Three Wise Men?
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December 26, 2017

Did St. Thomas the Apostle baptize the Three Wise Men?

The magi were forever changed after visiting the Christ Child. The Gospels don’t tell us much about the magi who came to visit the baby Jesus. They are simply labeled “wise men” from the East who brought three gifts with…
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“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” synthesizes the past, present, and future
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December 26, 2017

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” synthesizes the past, present, and future

How well do you really know this beloved Carol, and the deep consolation it promises for those ready to hear it? Before it was a Christmas Carol, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” was a poem, one which ties the…
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Don’t put that Christmas tree away! The Christmas season has just begun
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December 26, 2017

Don’t put that Christmas tree away! The Christmas season has just begun

The liturgical season of Christmas starts on December 25 and lasts through January. It can be a little confusing. In secular society, Christmas is celebrated around the time of Halloween up until Christmas Day. On the day after Christmas all…
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Why I will consecrate myself to Mary each Christmas
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December 25, 2017

Why I will consecrate myself to Mary each Christmas

Have a hard time with the idea of a Marian consecration? So did Tom Hoopes. That has changed, and he shares how and why. A few years ago, I consecrated myself to Mary, following Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning…
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The big embarrassing problem that Child in the manger left us
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December 25, 2017

The big embarrassing problem that Child in the manger left us

We're all sometimes dissatisfied with the Church as we experience it, but Flannery O'Connor has seriously good advice for us. That baby in the manger, he changed everything, yes. Hinge of human history, all that, of course. But when for…
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