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What Does the Advent Wreath Symbolize? (9237)

Why Do Catholics ...? feature from our Dec. 4 issue

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“The Advent wreath represents the long time when people lived in spiritual darkness, waiting for the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the world,” according to EWTN.com.

“Each year in Advent, people wait once again in darkness for the coming of the Lord, his historical coming in the mystery of Bethlehem, his final coming at the end of time, and his special coming in every moment of grace.”



Have you always wondered about some aspect of the faith? Or maybe you’d like to know some trivia about Pope Benedict. If you do, email us your question at editor@ewtn.com and look for the answer in an upcoming issue.


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Happy 'Rejoice' Sunday! (1858)

Celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 11.

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Prepare your heart for Christmas with our Advent Guides:

How to Be a Catholic
Print and pass on “How and Why to Go to Mass,” “How and Why to Go to Confession,” and “How and Why to Pray.” Plus, our “Guide to Catholic Living.” As featured in our Advent print issues of the Register.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the Culture of Death (7684)

Joseph Pearce remembers his weekend with the Russian dissident and discusses his updated biography of him.

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Joseph Pearce and Alexander Solzhenitsyn during their weekend of interviews at Solzhenitsyn's home outside of Moscow in 1998.

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Joseph Pearce didn’t expect much when he wrote to Alexander Solzhenitsyn in 1998. Why would the Russian dissident writer and Nobel Literature Prize winner bother granting an interview to a relatively unknown English biographer? And besides, the stern-looking bearded literary giant was famously reluctant to be interviewed.

What Pearce received in the mail surprised him. The biographer of several literary converts and writer-in-residence at Ave Maria University ended up spending a weekend in Moscow, interviewing Solzhenitsyn. The resulting biography, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, was published to mark the author’s 80th birthday. This year, Ignatius Press published an updated edition of the...READ MORE

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Christ-Focused Gifts for Everyone on Your List (2271)

Special shopping sections from our print issues.

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The weeks before Christmas can be hectic, full of preparations and shopping.

We hope that these gift ideas will ease the busyness of your schedule and allow you ample time to prepare your heart and home for the coming of Christ.

Click HERE  to see our second gift guide.

We found many beautiful items for giving this Christmas 2011.

These gifts will extend the faith-filled meaning of Christ’s birth to all ages on your list.

Click HERE to see our first gift guide.

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Teaching Moments on Sexuality (6152)

Dec. 4 issue column on imparting Catholic teachings to teens.

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On several occasions, Catholic parents have approached me about how to talk to their heterosexual teenagers about homosexuality. Many teenagers are very accepting of the homosexual orientation; they think it is just as natural as a heterosexual orientation.

They think that permitting homosexual “marriages” is a matter of civil rights, that sexual orientation is like skin color: It is wrong to use either to discriminate against people. And, being teenagers, they are very sure that they are right.

I believe the willingness to approve of homosexual unions derives from two sources: a faulty understanding of sexuality and compassion for those who are attracted sexually to members of their own...READ MORE

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Haven't an Inkling of Who It Could Be ... (1987)

Saturday Book Pick: A mystery novel in the tradition of Sayers and Chesterton.

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In the great tradition of mystery novelists such as Dorothy Sayers and G.K. Chesterton comes Tim Doran and his work Toward the Gleam. Imaginative and original, Doran’s debut novel is based on a real 20th-century Catholic literary figure and his most famous work. It captures the reader and sends him on a cat-and-mouse chase that spans a continent and nearly 20 years.

Doran doesn’t entirely say who this famous writer is, so neither will I — and spoil the fun. But we do get a first name: John.

John is a WWI army lieutenant and unassuming university professor at Oxford. But he stumbles upon something that changes his life: a manuscript predating recorded history, but apparently more...READ MORE

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How to Pray for Others, Atheist Convert, Ten Universal Principles, Alec Guiness, and much more! (3124)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How Should I Pray when Someone Asks for My Prayers? Click on the link by Sr. Laus Gloriae OCD to learn how.

How Should I Pray when Someone Asks for My Prayers? - Sr. Laus Gloriae OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Atheist Now Catholic Revert: Maolsheachlann O Ceallaigh - Why I’m Catholic

Book Review: “Ten Universal Principles” - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Contemporary Family Law: Divorcing Marriage from Children - Helen Alvaré, Public Discourse

Quæritur: SSPX and Fulfilling Sunday Mass Obligation - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Obi Wan Kenobi and the Spanish Mystics - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Jesus Christ, the New Temple - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Role of Scripture and Tradition in Theology - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Catholic Universities See Value of...READ MORE

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Sebelius's Surprising Plan B Decision (2784)

Was the HHS secretary’s override of allowing emergency contraceptive to be sold over the counter politically motivated?

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The Plan B pill, also known as the 'morning after' pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf in Boston.

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WASHINGTON — Most observers figured the Food and Drug Administration would rubberstamp a pending application to allow minor girls to purchase Plan B without a prescription.

Plan B is the so-called “morning-after pill” that has abortifacient as well as contraceptive effects.

After all, the Obama administration has been willing to accommodate the vast majority of political demands made over the last three years from its constituency of “reproductive health” advocates.

But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sprung a major surprise Dec. 7, when she announced she was overruling FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s earlier approval and instead was denying the application for...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, congress, contraception, emergency contraception, food and drug administration, health and human services, kathleen sebelius, margaret hamburg, plan b

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