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The Journey to Bethlehem

December 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Charlie McKinney, Christmas

The days of Mary’s expectation were gradually nearing their fulfillment. Then there went forth throughout the land a decree of the Roman emperor Augustus that all the subjected kingdoms, which included the Jewish provinces, should be enrolled together with their inhabitants. The census was carried out by Herod agreeably to the ancient custom according to tribes, houses, and families, each head of a family being obliged to return... Read More

The Inn and the Stable

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Reading

Every artist has the feeling of being at home in his studio, every patriot at home in his own country, and every man at home in his house. One should therefore expect that the Creator would be at home in His own creation, and that God would be at home in the world He had made. And yet the most startling fact of human history is that when God came to earth, He was homeless at home. “He came unto His own, and His own received... Read More

To Prepare Our Hearts for the Coming of the Savior

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and purpose of Advent? Why should we fast during Advent? How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas? What are the “three comings”... Read More

Seeking God in Faith

December 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Faith

Seeking God in Faith   Presence of God – I recollect myself in the presence of God living in my soul, to learn how to seek Him by the light of faith. MEDITATION “He that cometh to God, must believe” (Hebrews 11:6), says St. Paul, and he gives us this definition of faith: “Faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not” (Hebrews 11:1). In heaven, we shall see God by the light... Read More

Making the Most of Advent

Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient... Read More

Seeking God in Love

Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace: the one depends on the other,... Read More

Become a Gift!

December 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Najim, Seasonal Meditations, Spiritual Direction, Videos

This Advent Season … Become a Gift! Become a Gift – We have another great video from Father Michael Najim, one of our popular contributors, about how one should become a gift this Advent season. He talks about all the gifts we have been buying … or those we have not bought that we are stressed out about, what is the true reason for giving gifts, where our true emphasis needs to be, and how you can be a gift to... Read More

The Prophets

THE PROPHETS “ Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of Angels, and have not kept it.” (Acts 7:52-53) 1. There is one fact abundantly clear to, and freely recognized by, every student of Jewish history whether a friend of Christ our Lord or... Read More

Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It was all to welcome Jesus, the... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part III of III

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

In our last post, we looked at the busy-ness and practical tips for the Advent season. Today, we'll examine the roots of Advent sadness, how to go on the offensive and a story to help bring home the message of the season. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of... Read More

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