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'Fountain of Your Joy' Draws the Faithful to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (3280)

A visit to the famous Mexican apparition site for the Dec. 12 feast.

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Christopher White

– Christopher White

“Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of your joy?” These are the words that the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke to Juan Diego in December 1531 on the very site that a church and shrine now stand in her honor — and which are remembered each Dec. 12.

Juan Diego, an Aztec convert to Catholicism, first encountered the Blessed Virgin on Tepeyac Hill, a rural area north of what was then Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City). The Virgin appeared to Juan Diego and told him that she wanted a church built on the very spot she was standing so that the entire world could know of her compassion. She instructed him to tell the bishop of Tenochtitlan.


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Pope Benedict: Stay Focused on the Coming of Christ and 3 Christmas Wishes (3160)

The Holy Father's Angelus address for the Third Sunday of Advent and highlights from his message at the recent Christmas tree lighting.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI reminded Christians not to be dazzled by the shopping lights of the Advent season but to keep focused on the coming of Jesus Christ, the “true Light of the world.”

“The external environment offers the usual commercial messages, even if in a lower-key way because of the economic crisis,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address in a rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square Dec. 11. The Christian, by contrast, is “called to live Advent without being distracted by the lights.”

Christians should keep their eyes fixed on Christ so that “if, in fact, we persevere ‘vigilant in prayer and rejoicing in praise,’ our eyes will be able to recognize in him...READ MORE

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Father Spitzer's 10 Universal Principles (7958)

A guide to help you debate your friends on the life issues, without necessarily bringing in religion.

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Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, has written Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, published by Ignatius Press. The book outlines a pro-life philosophy that can be used for thinking and talking about human life and the life issues, especially abortion. Based on the natural law, the 10 principles presented in an easy-to-read format are meant to undergird sound reasoning to guide thoughts, actions, laws and public policies to create a culture of life and love.

Father Spitzer is a former president of Gonzaga University and currently serves as the founding president of the Magis Institute — an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the...READ MORE

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The Virgin Shall Conceive, St. John Roberts, Teaching Tolerance, Abortion Politics, and much more! (2401)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Virgin Shall Conceive. Click on the link by Randall Smith to read more.

The Virgin Shall Conceive - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

St. John Roberts: Facing Martyrdom with Humor - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Teaching Tolerance in the Catholic School - Catholic Lane

Movie Review: “The Greatest Miracle” is a Hit - Catholic League

Kathleen Sebelius’ Morning After Pill Decision: Politics or ‘Anti-Science’ Pro-Life - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Medical Experts Blast Claim that Nuns Need Contraception - Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency

A Gay Reader Writes. . . - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Mary Graw Leary on Sexual Abuse & Moral Indifference - Robert George, Mirror of Justice

France: Catholic Protest Grows against Theatre of...READ MORE

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Christmas War: Ways We Win (2722)

User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 11. From our Dec. 4 issue.

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– Shutterstock

Sunday, Dec. 11, is the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday (Year B, Cycle II).


Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11; Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Our Take

Each Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, “Rejoice” Sunday. It is time for the priest to wear rose vestments and for us to pause in Advent to celebrate.

One thing to celebrate: Jesus has already won the “war on Christmas,” the yearly struggle with the secularization of Christmas. Here are a few ways to rejoice in his victory:

When they say “Happy holidays!” say, “Thanks. I celebrate all the holy days!”

“Holidays” is simply a form of “holy days.” If someone thinks they are being less...READ MORE

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What Does the Advent Wreath Symbolize? (10364)

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! (1965)

Celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 11.

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– Shutterstock

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 (8077)

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.

– Courtesy of Joseph Pearce

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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