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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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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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Make Room to Give This Christmas

Everything I own fits in 5-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide, 1-foot-deep locker. Of that space, about 1 square foot is devoted to my clothes. I’ve been wearing the same pair of sweats for three years. I’ve finally decided that I need to buy another pair of sweatpants so that I can work out in the cold and not get my sleeping pair dirty. The main thing holding me back is that I don’t know if I have enough room in my so-called closet.
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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.)
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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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A Mary Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
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