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Blessing of the Crèche / Bendición del pesebre

As the weeks of Advent pass and the celebration of the Nativity draws near, the crèche begins to appear in homes and churches. St. Francis of Assisi usually gets credit for introducing the idea of the crèche—in his case with living figures—in 1223 after he visited the traditional birthplace of ...
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Advent: A Time of Visitation Moments

In the last two years of her life, my mother received notes from various people telling her of their gratitude for her friendship and the impact she had on their lives. I shared snippets of them during the eulogy at her funeral. One is a letter from Rosemarie to my ...
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November 21 – The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the narrator, describing events in a mental hospital, comments that “it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.’’   It’s an idea that we accept all the time, and it applies to an observance in the Catholic Church during this month.   We accept ...
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A Timeless Devotion, a New Friend

Like many Catholics, I have always revered Mary. Her “yes” to becoming the mother of Jesus inspires us to listen and respond to God’s call. Her prayerful life is a model for us to follow.   To me, Mary was an ideal, an icon. While I had always honored and admired ...
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The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, celebrated on February 2, commemorates the first appearance of the Holy Family in the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary, although perpetually a virgin, underwent the ritual purification required of the mother of a firstborn son. In fact, for centuries, this feast was known ...
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Life Lessons from Advent Personalities

Pope John Paul II in his address on Dec 18, 2000 said, “The liturgy of Advent…helps us to understand fully the value and meaning of the mystery of Christmas. It is not just about commemoration the historical event, which occurred some two thousand years ago in a little village of ...
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