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Honoring Mary on the Christmas Octave (2331)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 1.

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Sunday, Jan. 1, is the Octave day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.


Pope Benedict XVI gives his World Day of Peace message on Jan. 1. This year’s address is directed to educating young people about peace. He leads by example, educating young people this way:

“To all, and to young people in particular, I wish to say emphatically: ‘It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true … an unconditional return to God who is the measure of what is right and who at the same time is everlasting love. And what could ever save us apart...READ MORE

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Pope Gives Thanks to God for 2011 (4488)

At vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Holy Father recalls the past year, praises God for his love and the mystery of his salvation, and encourages evangelization: 'Christ’s disciples are called to reawaken in themselves and in others the longing for God and the joy of living for him and bearing witness to him.' He also said: 'Let us place in his hands the tragedies of this world, and let us also offer him our hopes for a brighter future.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said that the questions raised by 2011’s tragedies were answered when Jesus was born at Christmas to radically renew and free mankind.

“Another year is drawing to a close as we await the start of a new one,” the Pope noted Dec. 31 as he presided over the first vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in St. Peter’s Basilica.

He observed that the shortness of life causes us to ask the question “What meaning can we give to our days? What meaning, in particular, can we give to the days of toil and grief?” He said that the answer to this question “is written on the face of a Child who was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and is today...READ MORE

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My Name is Legion, Usus Antiquior in India, The Power in Stories in Teaching NFP, and much more! (5403)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/31/2011 Comments (2)

Usus Antiquior in India. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read more.

8 Key Questions for Making a New Year’s Resolution that Lasts - Jeff Cavins, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hello, My Name is “Legion” - Matthew Alderman, Crisis Magazine

Usus Antiquior in India - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

There Is Nothing Gay About Homosexuality - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Catholic Church Builds It, Homosexuals Will Take It Away - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Why isn’t the Holy Spirit Called Jesus’ Father? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Please May We Have Our Bell Back? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Power of Stories in Teaching NFP - Valerie Pokorny, Catholic Lane

Postmodern Man Needs Catholics to Show...READ MORE

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A Book Befitting 'The Great Man' (3310)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Ian Ker's monumental study of G.K. Chesterton

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A big man, physically and intellectually, British Catholic author Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) finally gets the big book he deserves.

Father Ian Ker, a writer and critic who authored a well-respected biography of Blessed John Henry Newman, among other books, has published a monumental study of the author of such apologetic classics as Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man and The Man Who Was Thursday.

However, Father Ker has a larger project in mind than just showing that Chesterton remains in many ways one of the most important Catholic literary figures of the last century. He makes a convincing case for Chesterton being simply an important literary figure. His criticism of writers...READ MORE

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Silent Prayers of the Liturgy, Returning Gregorian Chant, The Late Roman Empire, and much more! (4133)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/30/2011 Comment

Gregorian Chant is a Sine Qua Non Condition to Return Dignity to Liturgical Music. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn why.

Don Giuseppe Vallauri: The Silent Prayers of the Roman Liturgy - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Gregorian Chant is a Sine Qua Non Condition to Return Dignity to Liturgical Music - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

You Should be Paying More Attention to Clinton’s Speech on Gay “Rights” - Russell Shaw, Our Sunday Visitor

The Late Roman Empire was Not the Twilight of Popular Myth - Fr. Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

10 Differences Between Obama and Jesus - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Spanish Civil War Produces Spain’s Newest Saints - Domenico Agasso Jr, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Irish Youth Use Stunning Imagery of Unborn Child in Christmas Message -...READ MORE

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Put the Holy Family at the Heart of Your Family (2732)

How to Live as a Domestic Church

12/30/2011 Comment

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Every family has the perfect model in the Christmas story’s family. During the Christmas season, we celebrate the Holy Family’s feast day, which is Dec. 30 this year.
Indeed, Blessed John Paul II called the Holy Family of Nazareth “the prototype and example for all Christian families.”

In November, on his trip to Benin in West Africa, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about forming families according to God’s design and “in fidelity to his plan for Christian marriage” so they grow to be “true domestic churches.”

Back in 1981, in Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), John Paul II discussed “establishing the family as a ‘Church in miniature’ (Ecclesia...READ MORE

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Tim Tebow Motivates, Challenges Catholics (20408)

'Polarizing' quarterback has no qualms about expressing himself prayerfully on or off the field.

12/30/2011 Comments (41)
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Quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos is the focus of the cameras as he leaves the field after the game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Dec. 18 in Denver.

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The Denver Broncos trailed the Chicago Bears 10-0 deep into the fourth quarter in their Dec. 11 home game. Not surprisingly, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow said a prayer on the sideline.

But this time, a microphone picked up his petition.

“Dear Jesus, I need you. Please come through for me. No matter what, win or lose, Lord, give me the strength to honor you,” said Tebow in a 10-minute feature from NFL Films that gave an up-close look of the quarterback that game day.

The successful football trail of Tebow, 24, twinned with his outspoken Christian witness, has captured the attention of the nation this fall, also making an impact with Catholics in a range of areas.

The themes of his...READ MORE

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Top 10 Things Learned About Sacred Music, Papicolist, Catholic Church Formed Western Civ, and more! (2956)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/30/2011 Comment

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned about Sacred Music. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to learn more.

The Pontifical Vesting Prayers of the Usus Antiquior - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

MSNBC/NY Times Poll Alert: “Are Religious Rights Being Trampled on by Government?” - The American Catholic

A Commitment to Courage & Love in the New Year - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned about Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Papicolist: A New Catholic Word - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Seven 2011 Events That Will Change the Church’s Story in America - Tom Hoopes, Gregorian Institute/Gregorian Blog

History Shows Contributions of Catholic Church to Western Civilization - Thomas E. Woods, Deseret News

Off the Mountain Top - Amanda...READ MORE

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