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Sharing Ourselves This Christmas

Every morning before I start to work, I read “the next paragraph” in my Bible at work. On December 6, the feast of Saint Nicholas, my “next paragraph” in Matthew 15:33 was of Jesus feeding the 5,000. My next venture was to follow along in a small Advent booklet (Wait in Joyful Hope: Reflections for Advent with the Blessed Mother) written by Kathleen M. Carroll; the Gospel reading for that day was, (you guessed it) Jesus feeding the 5,000!
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Advent with Mother Teresa: O Root of Jesse

O root of Jesse's stem, sign of God's love for all his people: come to save us without delay! When we sing the line of the popular Advent hymn, “O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem, From ev’ry foe deliver them,” the significance of this phrase is lost on many of us. In reality, this line contains the reason for our joy, for it reminds us that no one—no one—is beyond the reach of God’s mercy.
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Friar Pat on the Peace of Christmas

Why is peace so important during Advent and Christmas? How can we spread peace in our homes and in our communities? The best way, Pat McCloskey, OFM, says in this video, is to honestly and humbly live out who we are before God. Enjoy this short meditation. 
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Advent with Mary

My mother, mother of seven, had inherited from her own mother (of 10) a beautiful statue of Mary. It was one of the few objects in our home that was kept out of the reach of us youngsters. When I was very young, I asked my mother why the statue was so special and she responded simply that Mary was the perfect role model for every mother.
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And a Child Shall Lead Us: An Advent Meditation

“Mom, can you play video games with me?” There it was. That ever-dreaded question I hear all too often. My 5-year-old son, Alex, loves to play video games. I, on the other hand, can’t stand them. Mostly because I can’t seem to work the controller and pay attention to what’s going on in the game at the same time. (Insert walking and chewing gum joke here.) “I’m really busy right now, Alex,” I replied, hoping he’d buy it. “Plus, you know I’m not real good at playing those games.” “It’s OK, Mom. I’ll show you how,” he responded, his big blue eyes staring right at me.
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10 Advent Activities for Families

Advent is a funny season for families. The Catholic Church tells us, “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 524, referencing Revelation 22:17). As such, we know that it is a season of preparation for Christmas, a time to ready our minds, hearts, and souls for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas. Here are 10 Advent activities to enjoy with your family as we wait in joyful hope.
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Daily Advent Messages of Peace

As Advent approaches, the staff at Franciscan Media has been thinking about the peace and joy we all hope the season will bring. We invite you to join us in spreading peace this holiday season.
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Advent Reflection, Week 4

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A Mary Christmas: The Adoration of the Magi

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
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Advent Reflection, Week 3

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