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Making Mary: The Gifts of Christmas (1929)

User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 18.

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The Annunciation

– Wikipedia

Sunday, Dec. 18, is the Fourth Sunday in Advent.


On Dec. 18, Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to Rebibbia Prison in Rome. At 10am, in the prison’s central church, the Pope will meet with the detainees and answer their questions. At 11:30am, before returning to the Vatican for the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father will bless a tree planted in memory of his visit.

On Dec. 22, the Pope will deliver his Christmas wishes to the Roman Curia, a “Vatican Christmas party” event that the Pope has distinguished with insightful cultural commentary.


2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

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In today’s Gospel, which is also the Gospel used...READ MORE

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Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent! (1100)

Prepare your heart for Christmas with our Advent guides. Our last one was featured in our Dec. 18 issue.

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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” (Nov. 20) and “How and Why to Pray” (Dec. 4). Plus, our “Guide to Catholic Living” (Dec. 18). As featured in our Advent print issues of the Register.

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Awaiting the Incarnation (2412)

Dec. 18 issue editorial on Christmas.

12/17/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

— John 1:14

As he led the Church in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI reflected during his Dec. 4 Advent Angelus address on the radical witness of John the Baptist.

“The style of John the Baptist was meant to call all Christians to choose a sober lifestyle, especially in preparation for the feast of Christmas,” said the Pope.

As the immediate forerunner of the Incarnation, John offered “a fiery invitation to a new way of thinking and acting” and “to the announcement of God’s justice,” said the Holy Father....READ MORE

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2 (Pro-Life) Christmas Classics (2272)

A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life Carry a Message for All Seasons

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“Culture of life” is a term Blessed John Paul II made prominent in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae. The Pope wanted to highlight the civilizational struggle afoot between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” the latter understood as a quality-of-life ethic that eventually kills those deemed to have a “poor quality” of life. In contrast to a sanctity-of-life ethic, which regards every human life as sacred, a quality-of-life ethic decides that some lives (usually other people’s) just are not worth living.

Although John Paul showcased the “culture of life” 16 years ago, another writer was talking about it 160 years ago, and a film director was depicting it 65 years...READ MORE

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Spiritual Lasagna (2204)

Saturday Book Pick: Toronto Archbishop's recipe for better prayer.

12/17/2011 Comment

Taking a multilayered approach to the Church’s ancient practice of lectio divina (divine reading), Archbishop Thomas Collins has written a recipe to help fill souls hungering for the word of God.

The archbishop of Toronto provides a combination of a handbook on prayer and personal reflections on St. Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. The book is divided into nine chapters based on sessions he led at Toronto’s cathedral. “I go through the text, section by section,” he explains. “It is like spiritual lasagna: a layer of text, then a layer of my own reflections, ending with a question to consider regarding personal application of the text. That’s followed by a layer of silence, then a layer of...READ MORE

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Hope Flies Ascalon, I Bake Because I Love, Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and more! (2470)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Click on the link by Nathaniel Gotcher to learn more.

Hope Flies on the Ascalon - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

I Bake Because I Love - Terri Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

A Reading Tip, Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Our Twins: A Short Story - Kuzma Family, Tickling Tales & Trying Trails

A “New” Bible for Spanish-Speakers of the Americas - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Hope After Poor Prenatal Diagnosis - Monica Rafie, Catholic Lane

Intolerant Atheists - Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote

Church, Women & Pants - Gerrie Goguen, New Oxford Review

Jewish...READ MORE

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Profession of a Stravrophore Nun, Shroud of Turin Mystery Deepens, What Are Ember Days, and more! (3325)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/16/2011 Comment

Christian East: Profession of a Stavrophore Nun. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

Christian East: Profession of a Stavrophore Nun - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

It is Theism . . . that Deserves to be Called The Scientific Worldview - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Alma Redemptoris Mater, Palestrina - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

New Research from E.N.E.A. on the Shroud of Turin - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Tim Tebow, A Source of Inspiration - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Study: Sharing a Smile can Synchronize Mom’s & Baby’s Heartbeat - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com

What Are Ember Days? - Aquinas & More

The New Translation: What’s Changed and Why - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Messianic Prophecies: Daniel 7:13-14 -...READ MORE

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Record Drop in U.S. Marriages Caused by Social Changes (2373)

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Sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox

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Washington D.C. — The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox.

He was responding to a Dec. 14 Pew Research analysis that indicates marriage rates in the U.S. are at a record low, as young couples are delaying marriage longer than ever before.

According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of U.S. Census data, only 51% of adults in the U.S. are currently married, compared to 72% in 1960. In addition, new marriages in America dropped by 5% between 2009 and 2010.

While the decline in marriage is taking place among all age groups, it is most...READ MORE

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