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CANDLEMAS: The Fulfillment Of Advent, by Philip H. Pfatteicher

From Journey Into The Heart of God

The celebration of Christmas may be understood to extend at its fullest length until February 2, the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple and the purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, often called Candlemas from the custom of blessing candles on that day, inspired by the Gospel, Luke 2:22-40, which includes the Song of Simeon that praises Christ as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.”  The block of the liturgical year that began with the successive lighting of the candles of the Advent wreath finds its fulfillment in the blessing and procession with lighted candles in celebration of the arrival of the Lord in his Temple.   1,317 more words


UNITY: The Spiritual House Of God, by Sharanya Tiwari

From The Catholic Register

(Sharanya Tiwari is a Grade 11 Catholic high school student of Hindu faith. Out of all the entries, it was her essay on Christians united in “their rich faith in Christ” that set her apart from the others in the annual Friars’ Student Writing Award held in conjunction with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.) 493 more words


PRAYER: Prayers For The Peace And Unity Of The Church, by Arthur Judson Brown

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace, give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.   237 more words


UNITY: Ecumenical Dialogue, by Pope Francis

From The Joy of the Gospel

Commitment to ecumenism responds to the prayer of the Lord Jesus that “they may all be one.”  The credibility of the Christian message would be much greater if Christians could overcome their divisions and the church could realize “the fullness of catholicity proper to her in those of her children who, though joined to her by baptism, are yet separated from full communion with her.”  We must never forget that we are pilgrims journeying alongside one another.   390 more words


Rediscovering Discipleship - A review

Rediscovering Discipleship is by far the best one I have read on discipleship, ever. This book, as the subtitle says is really all about “making Jesus’ final words our first work” (front cover). 1,130 more words

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"The History of Sports Idolatry" - Jason Cooley

This brand of preaching might step on some toes, but hopefully it encourages our hearts toward Jesus and toward a serious mindset. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand….” 222 more words


SERVICE: A Culture Of Solidarity, by Pope Francis

From The Church of Mercy

What does serving mean?  It means giving an attentive welcome to a person who arrives.  It means bending over those in need and stretching out a hand to them, without calculation, without fear, but with tenderness and understanding, just as Jesus knelt to wash the apostles’ feet.   845 more words