Monthly Archives: December 2013

Dances with angels, but where is the Blessed Mother?

It is believed that “carolling” often,  even usually involved dance in its medieval heyday. (Some may say it still does, what with stars like Mariah Carey assuring us  that “all she wants for Christmas is you”.) Even that well-known old … Continue reading

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A Christmas Meditation

By Father Michael Najim at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction: In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over a … Continue reading

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Pasko – Christmas in the Philippines

It is said that in the Philippines Christmas starts in October when the shopping malls put up the Christmas decorations and the mood seems to last until February at around Candlemas or even after. If one has been in the … Continue reading

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Advent IV

Originally posted on All Along the Watchtower:
  Matthew 1:18-24 Chrysostom advises us against speculating beyond what is in the text; we cannot know the manner of the incarnation; what was done was done by the power of the Spirit…

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Joseph, our exemplar

St Joseph, Georges de Latour In antiquity betrothal was far more than an announcement of an intention to marry; it was a binding of man and woman together before she finally quit her father’s house to join her husband (this … Continue reading

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Sometimes, The Finest Language Is Silence

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“I Am Absolutely Delighted!”

This image has had me smiling all day. It is from the Daily Telegraph, and shows a chimpanzee at Whipsnade zoo, after receipt of its early Christmas presents. May all our Christmases be as merry, and for good reason.

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Abuses within the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate? Come on….

Most people are already familiar with the harsh treatment dealt out to this young, thriving, orthodox congregation, the FFI, who have the “Mass of the Ages” (the Tridentine Mass) at the centre of their vocation. A petition requesting the dismissal … Continue reading

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Peace in our Hearts

By Patti Maguire Armstrong at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction: Why is it that the smallest inconvenience can set some people off while others maintain calm in the face of great adversity?  What is the difference between those who know peace on … Continue reading

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What are the “O Antiphons”?

By Father William Saunders at the Catholic Education Resource Centre: The “O Antiphons” refer to the seven antiphons that are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Blessing of the “Bambellini” on Gaudete Sunday

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2013 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News). The third Sunday of Advent is often referred to by its Latin name, Gaudete Sunday, which indicates that it is a day of ‘rejoicing.’ “In the liturgy, the invitation to … Continue reading

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The Last Name Of God

VATICAN CITY, December 17, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Celebrating his 77th birthday today, Pope Francis invited the personnel of his residence at Casa Santa Marta to his daily morning Mass. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, concelebrated with … Continue reading

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Out of the Curia into the Confessional

From The Moynihan letters by Dr Robert Moynihan: Sunday, December 15, 2013  Pope Francis Makes Confession a Priority Pope Francis has taken another dramatic decision. Francis has personally directed his closest collaborators, the cardinals and archbishops of the Roman Curia, … Continue reading

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Islam or Death? Islamists Take 2,000 Christians Hostage and Threaten to Shoot Them

Adapted from Eponymous Flower blogspot (Damascus) On Saturday night, the rebel Salafist Brigade Al-Nusra invaded the Christian town of Kanaye. Since then they have held the two thousand Christian inhabitants of the town as hostages, the retired bishop of Aleppo, … Continue reading

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How To Measure Your Spiritual Progress

The Daily Examen The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help … Continue reading

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