Why the Nativity Scene has an Ox and a Donkey | #907

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Holy Family — When the angel comes looking for us, are we going to be too proud, selfish, or busy to serve the Holy Family? Or will we be humble, hard-working, and generous? Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.

Come Home to Bethlehem this Christmas | #906

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Christmas – We left the Garden of Eden and wandered in the cold and darkness, until the cave of Bethlehem brought us back to God’s love. Welcome the Christ child into your hearts and homes. Let light and love fill you and transform you.

This Is Why Grandmas Kept the Christmas Decorations Up Until January 6th | #905

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Advent 4 – What does the birth of Jesus mean? There are three more feasts to explain the true meaning of Christmas: He is our Sacrifice (January 1). He is the true King of the World (January 6). He is the true God (February 2nd). Keep celebrating!

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The Long Walk To Christmas

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I recently attended a meeting at the Diocese with Bishop Ricken and 20 or so priests. We went around in a circle to introduce ourselves and, ‘name your favorite season.’ I think Fall was the front runner, followed by Summer, Spring, and a few Winters (which elicited groans from the other attendees). As it circled around, one of the last …

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Forgiveness Is A Light In The Darkness | #904

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Advent 3 – Hearing Confessions makes me feel like John the Baptist: I’m not the Christ, but I work for Him. I too must forgive and be forgiven. Let Jesus be the Lord of your failures. He will bring light and life into the darkness of your heart.

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Look What You Find Hidden In The Ordinary | #903

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Advent 2 – God hides extraordinary grace, joy, and blessings in everyday life. It was only when St. Anthony had accepted being an ordinary monk that he started to truly live an extraordinary life for God. Embrace the ordinary, and look what happens.

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A Speed Bump On Advent Road | #902

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Immaculate Conception – On our way to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we pause to celebrate Mary’s conception. Why?!? God had such a great gift that no one was pure enough to receive it. God helped Mary be ready. Advent is when God helps us get ready.