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The Beatitude Attitude

The Beatitudes. Doesn’t it just make you smile to say that out loud, to think of Jesus going up that mountain, sitting down, and then speaking those beautiful words? The challenge is that to Jesus and therefore to us, the Beatitudes are more than words. They are a way to follow him. They lay out an exceedingly difficult road map to live. Be meek? Me? Be a peacemaker? Me? Find something positive in mourning? Me? Yes, you. And all of us.
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Mary: A Portrait of Hope and Faith

        And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." —Luke 1:38
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A Christmas Miracle

Catholic and Jewish people people are kindred spirits. We worship the same God, and honor God as the creator and sustainer of all life—especially that of our own human family. We both celebrate endless years of God’s saving actions among us. As Pope St. John XXIII famously said upon welcoming Jewish leaders to a meeting, recalling the Genesis story, “I am your brother, Joseph.” Of course, we all know that this brotherhood and sisterhood has not been observed for most of Christian history. Ours has been a long and horrible story of distrust and finger-pointing, of jealousy, discrimination, and violence against Judaism. The low point of this sad history, we all know, is the Nazi attempt to eliminate Jews completely.
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The Tale of a Classic Christmas Song

Although the names of Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne may not be familiar, they composed many popular songs together, including “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” recorded by Bobby Vinton. Their masterpiece, however, is “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Many people mistakenly assume this Christmas classic has been around for years and that it is of European origin. But it was written in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a powerful plea for peace by a man who had experienced the horrors of war. The song’s message of peace is as desperately needed today as it was then.
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“O Emmanuel,” We Want to See Your Face!

  A Word from Pope Francis This week the Church is like Mary: she is awaiting a birth. The Virgin sensed within herself, in body and in soul, that the birth of her child was near. Surely in her heart she said to the baby she was carrying in her womb: “Come, I want to see your face, for they have told me you will be great!”
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‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, coauthor of the Free e-newsletter, A Friar's E-spirations. Image: Alexander Bida, Jesús expulsa a los mercaderes del Templo. There is a powerful scene in the Gospel of Matthew following the incident of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus goes immediately to the Temple to cast out the money changers and all the trappings of the marketplace. Jesus proclaimed the Temple to be a house of prayer, not a place of business. The religious leaders, of course, were caught off guard and challenged Jesus. How dare he do that? And on whose authority?
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Opening the Doors of Mercy

Image: Pope Francis blesses the doors at St. Peter's Basilica, CNS. From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has made mercy his hallmark. It’s no surprise, then, that he declared a special year dedicated to the contemplation of mercy.
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An Advent Reflection with Kelly Wahlquist

                        Enjoy this Advent reflection from author Kelly Wahlquist! I love the season of Advent. I like the colors, the smells, the rituals, all the good things that come with it. And at the end, we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus. With all the festivities and commitments attached to the season of Advent and Christmas I often forget that this is the beginning of a new year.
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Size Doesn't Matter, Really

Our guest blogger is Fr. Jim Van Wurst, OFM, coauthor of the Free e-newsletter, A Friar's e-spirations. Image: Guillaume In our society, it seems that everything has to be bigger or the greatest. “More is more,” as they say. But the truth is this: size is not really that important. If we want to consider something really big, all we need do is think of the universe. It’s always been a source of wonderment for humanity. Today, with telescopes, we are privileged to see immense stars and galaxies. Scientists have figured out that the universe is composed of more than 100 billion galaxies—each having between 100 and 200 billion stars!
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Franciscan Ministry Gives Back to Cincinnati

A ministry of St. John the Baptist Province, OFM, St. Francis Seraph Ministries serves those in need in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. From their website: “We believe every member of the Over-the-Rhine community has the right to enjoy the benefits of good health, prosperity, and well-being and has the capacity to contribute positively to the neighborhood. Through compassion, collaboration, and community building, we provide programs designed to achieve this vision.”
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