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The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God: The First Disciple

"So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And ...
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The Nativity of the Lord: All Who Heard it were Amazed

"When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.' So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant ...
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Water and Wine

When I was a member of St. Joseph’s parish in High Bridge, New Jersey, the church was so crowded at one Easter Sunday Mass that the pastor invited standees to take seats in the sanctuary.   The only people to accept the invitation were a woman and her teenaged daughter.   After Mass, the ...
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A Prayer for the First Week of Advent: Be Prepared

Lord Jesus, Advent invites us to a time of new beginning. Help us to make a fresh start— to rid our lives of distractions or preoccupations that keep us from preparing ourselves to welcome you at your second coming. This we ask in your name, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one ...
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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did ...
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Christmas Everyday

Considering the nature of the events in St. Luke’s narrative of the birth of Jesus, we would expect from the witnesses exactly the reaction that Luke described: they were “amazed.” But within the same few lines of Luke’s story there is a tantalizing counterpoint to that amazement: “Mary kept all ...
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