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December 21, 2014

Encountering the Word — Matthew 1:18

Integrated Catholic Life - 1 hour 4 min ago
A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Now the birth of Jesus Christ[k] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was...

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:4-5

Integrated Catholic Life - 1 hour 4 min ago
A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of...

The Glory of the Rorate Mass

Rorate Coeli - 1 hour 40 min ago
Holy Family Parish, Diocese of Cubao, Philippines, Dec. 2014.  The particular Philippine tradition of the Rorate Mass, dating to the 16th century and called in that country the "...

December 20, 2014

Five Essentials for Discovering God’s Plan for You

Integrated Catholic Life - 3 hours 33 min ago
When God has a Different Plan I think most of us can remember an occasion when we had something all planned out. It might have been something relatively minor or it might have...

Advent is penitential

Communio - 4 hours 46 min ago
For most of the time since Vatican II liturgists have spent a lot of energy trying to promote the idea that Advent is not a penitential liturgical season. A recent heated inter-...

It’s. Another. Religion.

What Does the Prayer Really Say? - 4 hours 49 min ago
I was once in a parish with a school. I visited class rooms. I was asked to blessed the class rooms by the pastor. By way of explanation of what blessings are all about I wanted...

Pope gives sleeping bags to Rome’s homeless

The Deacon's Bench - 5 hours 1 min ago
I’ve never heard of something like this before. From Vatican Insider:  “This is a gift for you from the Pope on the occasion of his birthday,” volunteers and Swiss Guards were...

Ninth Anniversary of Rorate Caeli

Rorate Coeli - 8 hours 8 min ago
This blog was launched nine years ago today. We thank Almighty God for the countless graces He has showered upon this apostolate, for the many souls that have been nourished by...

Chabad Rabbis At George Washington University Litigate Over Contract

The Religion Clause - 8 hours 27 min ago
Thursday's Baltimore Jewish Times reports on an unusual lawsuit just concluded in D.C. Superior Court between two Chabad rabbis:“American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), et al. v....

Supreme Court Denies Stay of Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Religion Clause - 9 hours 7 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court late yesterday afternoon denied an application for a stay in a Florida same-sex marriage case while the decision is on appeal to the 11th Circuit.  The...

Westboro Baptist Attempt To Intervene In Same-Sex Marriage Case Again Rejected

The Religion Clause - 9 hours 29 min ago
In Marie v. Moser, (D KA, Dec. 18, 2014), a Kansas federal district court for a second time (see prior posting) refused to allow Westboro Baptist Church to intervene as a party in...

ADVENTCAzT 21: Ember Days and O Antiphons

What Does the Prayer Really Say? - 10 hours 34 min ago
Here is a 5-minute, daily podcast – today for Saturday of the 3rd Week of Advent – to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your personal meeting with the Lord.  ...

Investing with Catholic values? Knights of Columbus group to offer guidance

Catholic News Agency - General - 10 hours 37 min ago
New Haven, Conn., Dec 20, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus fraternal organization aims to extend its Catholic values and financial expertise into a new...

Poem: I Sing of a Maiden (I Syng of a Mayden)

Breviary Hymns - 11 hours 28 min ago
Painting by Bartolme Esteban Murillo - Wikipedia I Sing of a Maiden (I Syng of a Mayden) is an anonymous English poem which dates back to a 15th century manuscript, but likely...

Today’s Advent Work of Mercy

Catholic and Enjoying It! - 11 hours 41 min ago
A family in Massachusetts is struggling to meet their bills. Can you help? Thanks! You guys are wonderful!

Homily for December 21, 2014: 4th Sunday of Advent

The Deacon's Bench - 11 hours 44 min ago
We hear it again and again this time of year: “I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.” It actually started before Thanksgiving. You’d hear staff here in the rectory saying, “I can...

Nativity scene and Christmas tree invite us to make room for God, says Pope

Catholic Herald - 11 hours 58 min ago
God did not come to the world with arrogance to impose his might, but offered his powerful love through a fragile child, Pope Francis has said. The Christmas tree and Nativity...

Let there be light

Sacristies of the World - 12 hours 12 min ago
The tree is complete.  A spangly new set of lights purchased and now on the tree.

I am Back!

Making Things Visible - 12 hours 30 min ago
I apologize for my long absence! Two things have been happening! One most of my free time has been spent studying for two exam I had to pass for work. They are complete as of...

The Mystery of the Incarnation: Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent - 12 hours 34 min ago
Readings for December 21, 2014: Fourth Sunday of Advent “Mystery,” he sneered.  “That’s a good Catholic word.” My friend was a fundamentalist who had more than a bit of antipathy...


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