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How Christmas Is Heaven (1975)

User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 25.

12/25/2011 Comment

– Shutterstock

Sunday, Dec. 25, is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas!


Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalms 98:1, 2-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

Our Take

Christmas gives us the answer about heaven.

Heaven is, the Catechism tells us, a “communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed” (1024).

What scene does that remind you of? It’s the Christmas scene: Mary, the angels and our loved ones.

“Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness,” adds the Catechism (1024).

Where do we find that? With our family, focused on God, and in the peak of our expressions of...READ MORE

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December 25 is the Historical Date of Christs Birth, Manger and the Cross, Age of Reason, and more! (4582)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/24/2011 Comment

December 25 is the Historical Birthday of Christ. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to learn more.

December 25 is the Historical Birthday of Christ - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Is This the End of the Christmas Season, or the Beginning? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Dec 25 Biblical Argument of Christ’s Birth - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

A New Day Dawns - Sr. Lisa Mari Doty FDCC, NunSpeak

The Nativity Story DVD: Don’t Watch It - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Manger & the Cross: Calvary Begins in Bethlehem - Fr. Bernhard Speringer, Catholic Online

Life begins at Conception, Then Celebrate Incarnation Not Christmas? - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com

When did Christ Reach the “Age of Reason”? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement


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Christmas 2011 in Bethlehem, USA (3088)

How American Towns Live Up to the Meaning of Their Names

12/24/2011 Comment
Joseph Pronechen

Bethlehem, Conn.'s Church of the Nativity remembers the birth of Jesus year-round.

– Joseph Pronechen

Dec. 18 issue story.

BETHLEHEM, Conn. — Did you know there are towns named Bethlehem in America? Some are little, like the carol goes, and some are much bigger. Whatever the size, some Bethlehems become a destination because they try to connect in some way to that miraculous event of 2,000 years ago.

A favorite destination is the rural town of Bethlehem, Conn., and the crèche at the Regina Laudis Abbey (AbbeyofReginaLaudis.com), a community of cloistered Benedictine nuns founded after World War II.

Their early 18th-century masterpiece is displayed in a barn nearly as old and specifically donated to house this Nativity scene. Both recently received a meticulous three-year restoration by...READ MORE

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Christmas at the Vatican (2801)

Pope Benedict's midnight Mass kicks off the joyous octave. Dec. 18 issue feature.

12/24/2011 Comments (2)
2006 photo Franco Origlia/Getty Images

– 2006 photo Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Christmas at the Vatican this year is filled with the usual host of inspiring and fitting events and liturgies that celebrate the birth of the Lord, as well as at least one surprise.

As always, celebrations will properly commence with the papal midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve, beginning at the now slightly earlier time of 10pm. Then, at noon on Christmas Day, from the basilica’s Loggia of Benediction, the Holy Father will deliver his Christmas message.

The Pope, as he has in the past, is expected to reflect on world trouble spots. This year he is likely to comment on the tumultuous events of 2011, such as the Arab Spring, the financial crisis and the threat of war with...READ MORE

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You've Seen Catholicism. Now You Can Read It (2855)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Barron’s Tour de Force of the Catholic World

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G. K. Chesterton once defined the Catholic Church as “the one supremely inspiring and irritating institution in the world.”

This book, along with the PBS and EWTN series from whose scripts the book was developed, will both inspire and irritate many people. It will inspire those open to the notion of the Church as being both human and divine, but will irritate those who, even as they profess themselves Catholic, speak as though the Church is only human.

However, I think it might also, at times, annoy more traditional Catholics (and inspire more “progressive” ones) because of his discussions of such Catholic figures as Peter Maurin, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

Father Barron’s book is...READ MORE

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Jesus Christ Our Savior (3583)

Who is Christ? Part 1 of a Register series.

12/24/2011 Comments (1)

Lorenzo Lotto’s Nativity (1523)

– Wikipedia

“For in the mystery of the Word made flesh, a new light of glory has shown upon the eyes of our mind, so that as we recognize in him God made visible, we may be caught up through him in love of things invisible”  (Christmas Preface, 1). 

The Incarnation is shrouded in mystery for us. It is a decision on the part of God to manifest his love which we can never completely understand. When theologians like Thomas Aquinas write about it, they speak of its fittingness. To say that something is fitting means that there is more good in this choice on the part of God than in any other one we can think of. What is this choice?

To answer that question it is interesting to see how debased the...READ MORE

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Christmas and Pagan Romans, English Propers for Christmas, Battle of the Bulge, and much more! (3488)

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12/23/2011 Comment

Christmas, Pagan Romans, & Frodo Baggins. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Christmas, Pagan Romans, & Frodo Baggins - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine

English Propers for the Mass for Christmas Day - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

‘I Can See God is Working Through This’ - Ed West, Catholic Herald

A Quick, Delicious, and Simple Christmas Gift - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

Christmas 1944: Battle of the Bulge - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

8 Frequently Asked Questions for making a Daily Examen - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Former Episcopal Bp. Jeffrey Steenson to be Named the 1st U.S. Ordinary - Mary Ann Mueller, VirtueOnline

The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens - Francis J. Beckwith, The...READ MORE

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Presidential Hopefuls: Rick Santorum (6758)

Pennsylvania’s former senator and lifelong Catholic has been solidly pro-life in both his personal and public life.

12/23/2011 Comments (25)

All GOP presidential hopefuls are in the pro-life camp, but Rick Santorum is routinely hailed by pro-lifers as “a hero.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate from 1995 until 2007, Santorum was the prime author and champion of key pro-life bills, including the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a ban on
partial-birth abortion, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a separate crime if an unborn child is harmed or killed during the commission of a stipulated list of federal crimes.

Santorum not only has signed the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Presidential Pledge, but he has helped raise money for that organization, too.

Santorum believes that abortion is never justified,...READ MORE

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