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Advent Day 1: The Waiting Time

  Yet O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands. —Isaiah 64:8 From God shaping Adam from the ground through prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah to Jesus making a paste from mud to cure a blind man, the image of God as potter, working with the clay of the earth, reminds us that we have the humblest of beginnings but a divine spirit and destiny.
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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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Pathways of Prayer

You and I are sometimes like TV sets that are not properly tuned into a station. The news announcers are there talking. The station is sending out live signals. But if we have not turned on our sets, there will be no communication!
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Homily Helps: Coming of the Son of Man

Exegesis of the Gospel: Luke 21:25–28, 34–36 Today marks the beginning of Advent. The emphasis running throughout the Scriptures chosen for this season is watchfulness.
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Family Faith in Action: Be Prepared

Read LK 21:25-28, 34-36 Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,  and on earth nations will be in dismay,  perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright  in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,  for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man  coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen,  stand erect and raise your heads  because your redemption is at hand.
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A Friar on the Power of Hope

The loss of hope is a terrible thing. It can be lethal. But for most of us, a deficiency of it shows itself in more subtle ways: discouragement, putting our trust in everything but God, or focusing too much on the negative in the world. But hope is alive. We have to believe that.
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God Is a Remedy for Our Sins

I am a sinner. As a 10-year-old, I remember eyeing a miniature Cincinnati Reds baseball bat at my friend Mike’s house. And I wanted it. I don’t have one, I clearly remember reasoning, and he has so many toys that he won’t notice. So I took it.
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Be Thankful Beyond Thanksgiving

Sometimes it’s easier to think of all the bad things—bombings, murders, illness, misfortune—in the world than the good things. But we must realize that there are good things, even in difficult times, for which we can give thanks.
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Notes from a Friar: A Spirit of Gratitude

If your family comes together to share good food and happy memories, you are blessed. Unfortunately, some family gatherings are stressful because of long-held grudges and lack of forgiveness. But I don’t want to focus on just Thanksgiving Day itself but being thankful every day as a basic virtue that can brighten our lives. 
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Family Faith in Action: Christ Is King

Read JN 18:33B-37 Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?"  Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?"  Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I?  Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.  What have you done?" 
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