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Pope: Be Alert to Eternity (2714)

Benedict welcomes Advent on Nov. 27: 'Let us heed the message in today's Gospel by entering prayerfully into this holy season, so that we may be ready to greet Jesus Christ, who is God with us.'

11/27/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Advent offers a chance to remember that all things belong to God, Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims in his Angelus address on Nov. 27.

“In reality, the true ‘owner’ of the world is not man but God,” said the Pope to the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the First Sunday of Advent.

The Pope reflected on the day’s Scripture reading in which the prophet Isaiah tells God there is “none who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to cling to you; for you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt.”

“How can we not be impressed by this description?” asked Pope Benedict, who spoke of its relevance to today’s world.

The prophet’s...READ MORE

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Our Advent Lights (1999)

Dec. 4 issue editorial.

11/27/2011 Comment

For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, nature provides a perfect backdrop for Advent.

We’ve gone from having 15 or so hours of daylight on June 21 to nine hours on Dec. 21.

Some people struggle with the shortening day. The increasing darkness leaves some people sad and even depressed.

The liturgical season preceding Christmas reminds us of the eons in history when the world did not know Christ, when sin and death held sway over the human condition because of Adam’s sin of pride.

Humanity was, as the prophet Isaiah said, “a people who walked in darkness.”

With the birth of Christ, however, that people “have seen a great light,” the prophet proclaimed. Christ is the Light of the world...READ MORE

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Introducing the New Missal: Why We Worship With Liturgy (4452)

How one priest prepared his parish for the new Missal, which begins use in the U.S. this First Sunday of Advent.

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When I first told the parishioners at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, S. C., that a new translation of the Mass was coming, I had to convince them that it really was the Pope’s idea and not mine.

We began preparations for the introduction of the new translation of the Mass in July with four pastor’s letters in the parish bulletin. These letters outlined why the new Mass translation was necessary and explained the theory behind it.

This gave me an opportunity to explain why we, as Catholics, worship with liturgy in the first place. Next, I explained the difference between “dynamic equivalency” and a more literal rendering of the text. This led to a couple more weeks of...READ MORE

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Advent Is Here! (1958)

Prepare your heart for Christmas with our Advent Guides.

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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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Time for Renewal (1587)

Publisher's note for the start of Advent. From our Nov. 20 issue.

11/27/2011 Comment

The First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, signals a great time for renewal for the Church. For some, Advent represents a time of frivolity and merry making. We often forget, however, that, like Lent, Advent is also a time for introspection, prayer and fasting — a time to prepare ourselves for the perfect gift of Christ to humanity.

Senior writer Tim Drake’s page-one story on Catholics Come Home illustrates the need for all baptized Catholics — whether fallen-away or not — to renew themselves in Christ. And, as has been our custom in the past, we offer on page B1 our handy clip-out, pass-on and copy guides for Advent: “How (and Why) to Return to Sunday Mass” and How (and Why) to Return to...READ MORE

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide (2368)

Our second annual gift guide, as featured in our Dec. 4 issue.

11/26/2011 Comment

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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 the complete guide.

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12-Step Pride-Elimination Plan (4829)

Why bad pride is so bad. Nov. 20 issue column.

11/26/2011 Comments (7)

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Pride is the deadliest of the deadly sins.

It is unrealistic, unattractive and unprofitable. One would have to be rather foolish, it seems, to grant significant room in his life to pride. If the devil could laugh, and the angels could weep, they would do so over the way we human beings stubbornly cling to pride.

Yet, of all the seven deadly sins, it is the most subtle to diagnose, the most common, and the most difficult to eliminate.

We should note, however, that not all pride is deadly. There is a sense in which pride is fully justified. A parent has this good pride when his children attain some standard of excellence. Likewise, a coach can be proud of his players for comporting themselves...READ MORE

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Man and His Highest Passion (2041)

Saturday Book Pick: Understanding Abraham with the help of lectio divina.

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In his book about Abraham, Fear and Trembling, Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote, “It is abhorrent to my soul to talk inhumanly about greatness, to let it loom darkly at a distance in an indefinite form, to make out that it is great without making the human character of it evident — wherewith it ceases to be great.”

Kierkegaard is lamenting that preachers of his time portray being a person of faith as not so hard after all. You might undergo such a test as Abraham did, but you will pass the test, and all will be well.

But what about the appalling nature, from a human point of view, of what Abraham was asked to do with his son Isaac? What went through Abraham’s mind during the...READ MORE

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