Advent

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Simplify Your Life

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to overcomplicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this […]

The Annunciation of the Angel to Saint Zechariah (detail of fresco) by Domenico Ghirlandalo

Advent Reflection — It is never too late for God’s Love

“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel: “O Emmanuel (God with us), our King and lawgiver,the expected of the nations and their Savior:come to save us, O Lord our God!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 23rd) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

The Annunciation (St. Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary) by Paolo de Matteis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

God Is with Us

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) Readings:Isaiah 7:10–14Psalm 24:1–6Romans 1:1–7Matthew 1:18–24 The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25–26). This is the “Gospel of God” that Paul celebrates in today’s Epistle—the good news that “God is with us” […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — O Rex Gentium

O Rex Gentium: “O King of the gentiles and their desired One,the cornerstone that makes both one:come, and save man, whom you formed out of the clay!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 22nd) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

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Daily Catholic Quote — O Oriens

O Oriens: “O dawn of the east,radiance of light eternal, and sun of justice:come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 21st) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

"The Annunciation" (detail) by Federico Barocci [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Christ’s Imminent Arrival

“If the Incarnation doesn’t bewilder you, you’re not thinking about it enough.” The readings at Mass today explode with anticipation. We have waited patiently during these weeks. Throughout Advent, the daily Mass readings have highlighted various prophecies. They have spoken about the coming of John the Baptist. We have heard about the mountains being made low and feasts set on […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — O Clavis David

O Clavis David: “O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel,who opens and no man closes, who closes and no man opens:come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 20th) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print […]

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December by Candlelight

Every day we look forward to the gift of another dawn as the sun begins to peek through the curtain of the night to bring the vibrancy of color back to us yet again. It is a ritual of sorts, isn’t it? When the first blush of the dawn greets the dark cloak of the night sky and slowly but […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — O Radix Jesse

O Radix Jesse: “O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people,before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication:come, to save us, and do not delay!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 19th) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry