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Raphael Benedict

What brought a Japanese aristocrat to Christ?
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December 29, 2017

What brought a Japanese aristocrat to Christ?

Venerable Satoko Kitahara made a promise to use her smile to radiate Jesus' peace. Buried deep within the largest cemetery in Tokyo, there is a grave marked with a cross. If you ask for directions to this plot, you’ll be…
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Pray this powerful novena to three holy saints for the protection of life
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December 28, 2017

Pray this powerful novena to three holy saints for the protection of life

These US saints fought for the dignity of all people. Each year the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 reminds us of the fragility of life and the need to protect it at every stage. Besides treating everyone…
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What does St. John the Evangelist have to do with wine and snakes?
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December 28, 2017

What does St. John the Evangelist have to do with wine and snakes?

An image that presents the Evangelist holding a chalice from which a snake emerges condenses a little-known story of the saint. Generally, John the Evangelist is seen accompanied by an eagle. The eagle, as is well known, is an animal with…
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How many Holy Innocents were killed by King Herod?
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December 28, 2017

How many Holy Innocents were killed by King Herod?

The number may surprise you. Ever since the 5th century the Church has commemorated a separate day in memory of the children killed by King Herod after Jesus’ birth. Matthew is the only one to record the event and the…
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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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