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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Jesus: The tween in the Temple
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December 25, 2017

Jesus: The tween in the Temple

Even the best of parents can end up worrying about their children, even when the child happens to be the best of children. I’ve never been able to read this except as a parent. St. Luke casually reports, “When the…
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3 Ways Christ comes to us at Christmas
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December 25, 2017

3 Ways Christ comes to us at Christmas

And why today is only the beginning of our celebration of that mystery. Each one of us—adults and kids alike—has a favorite image or memory of Christmas. Perhaps yours is a song or holiday movie (Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful…
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6 Ways Christmas changes everything we think about God
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December 25, 2017

6 Ways Christmas changes everything we think about God

The crèche, like the crucifix, tells a story so powerful that it turned the world upside down. How many ways can you tell the Christmas story? On Netflix, the answer seems to be “countless.” But it has always been that…
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The forgotten story of Mary’s midwife
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December 24, 2017

The forgotten story of Mary’s midwife

Joseph had extra help on that cold Christmas night. When most of us imagine the scene of Jesus’ birth, we naturally think of Mary and Joseph, alone in a stable with animals surrounding them. This image is usually preceded by…
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Approach the tiny Babe in the manger with this beautiful litany
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December 24, 2017

Approach the tiny Babe in the manger with this beautiful litany

With His mother and the choirs of angels, let us pray to him ... Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy,  Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy,  Lord have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Infant Jesus, hear us,  Infant Jesus, graciously hear us. God the Father of…
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Why do we call Jesus’ birth “Christmas”?
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December 24, 2017

Why do we call Jesus’ birth “Christmas”?

The term is unique and differs from how other languages name the yearly celebration. “Merry Christmas” is a common phrase this time of year, but what does “Christmas” really mean? The English word is unique and greatly differs from how…
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Advent Light: John the Baptist, fierce priest and prophet
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December 24, 2017

Advent Light: John the Baptist, fierce priest and prophet

A reflection and prayer for December 23, 2017, Day 21 of Advent Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom…
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A short and beautiful Christmas prayer from St. Bernard of Clairvaux
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December 23, 2017

A short and beautiful Christmas prayer from St. Bernard of Clairvaux

The Cistercian reformer had a beautiful prayer that helps set the tone for a prayerful Christmas. Born in the 11th century, Bernard of Clairvaux is known for his powerful reforms of the Cistercian order and his inspiring holiness of life.…
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Top 4 ways to serve God
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December 19, 2017

Top 4 ways to serve God

We look at our fellow Christians doing missionary work abroad and wish we could impact people's lives as greatly. Well, God is everywhere and His children are all around us - we can serve without even leaving the country. The…
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