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All is Calm, All is Bright…Really? Maybe This Video Will Help

December 5, 2014 3 Comments
All is Calm, All is Bright…Really? Maybe This Video Will Help

The video below was produced by the Archdiocese of Washington for our “Find the Perfect Gift” Christmas outreach. It is an attempt to refocus Catholics and non-Catholics on the truest and most perfect gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ. It also invites each of us to give the perfect gift, the gift of our very self to […]

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Finding that forgotten one at Christmas; that someone who needs love.

December 27, 2013 7 Comments

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be […]

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The Greater Gift – As seen in a touching Christmas Commercial

December 20, 2013 8 Comments

There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God, and extending to one another. One of the great dangers at Christmas time (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, of, as Jesus puts […]

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The Bridegroom Comes! A reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Christmas Brings

December 19, 2013 11 Comments
The Bridegroom Comes! A reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Christmas Brings

The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant. And thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery related to the First coming of Jesus.  Yet, since the first coming of Christ is certainly fulfilled, we now focus more on his Second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder. Thus, in […]

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Jesus and Christian Faith in the Public Square? Yes! And Proclaimed by a Military Band!

December 10, 2013 15 Comments

Maybe I’m just not listening to the news enough, but I haven’t heard a lot about the Christmas wars this year. These are the annual wars wherein a Christian seeks to put up some display of Christmas, be it a creche or Christmas tree, and soon various atheists or civil liberties groups lodge protests or […]

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A Meditation on the Bloody Octave of Christmas

December 26, 2012 7 Comments

Many are shocked to walk into daily Mass on December 26 and instead of hearing more of the “Baby Jesus” we are confronted with Martyrdom, “The Feast of Stephen” is ancient on the Church’s calendar. More ancient than the Christmas cycle and hence it was not removed to another time. Bu the martyrdom does not […]

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Why is the Christmas Feast Celebrated Largely at Night?

December 23, 2012 13 Comments

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! and, it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the mid night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not? Even though we are not told the exact hour of his birth we […]

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On the Tender Motherhood of Mary, Mother of God and my Mother Too

December 18, 2012 11 Comments

As the feast of Christmas approaches some reflection on the Motherhood of Mary seems appropriate. As mother to Jesus she has carried him in her womb some nine months now, and the time approaches when she will give birth to him, will show him to the world. In this, she is not only his mother, […]

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