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Faith and Family: The Coming of Christ

Read BAR 5:1-9 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,  when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,  and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis,  and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,  during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,  the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,  proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,  as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
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Advent Day 4: Glorious Abundance for the Senses

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.  —Isaiah 25:6
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Advent Day 3: Don't Forget to Breathe

  Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. —Genesis 2:7 I have an Apple watch and one of the built-in apps is called Breathe. It can be set up with notifications to remind you to take time for mindful breathing.
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Advent Day 2: Our Busy Lives

  Beware that your hearts don’t become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life. —Luke 21:34  Sometimes religious people can get carried away with separating Advent from the Christmas season, refusing invitations to pre-Christmas parties and banning all Christmas music and decorations until December 25. 
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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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A Quiet Christmas

Christmas can be a noisy time of year. You find yourself in stores crammed with people, and at home you may be surrounded by family members and friends. Everywhere you go you hear tinny loudspeakers blaring Christmas carols that in another context might be soothing.
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Box of Joy Brings Christmas to Impoverished Kids

Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy ministry is gearing up to put Christmas smiles on the faces of more than 70,000 children, all of whom live in dire poverty in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. In its fifth year, Box of Joy is adding another country to the list of nations where children will receive boxes of little Christmas gifts packed by families, churches and individuals who take the opportunity to help children experience the joy of Christmas in places where gifts are rare or nonexistent due to poverty.
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Let There Be Light: A Christmas Prayer

A Quiet Reflection from Pope Francis In turning on the light of the Christmas tree, we wish for the light of Christ to be in us. A Christmas without light is not Christmas. Let there be light in the soul, in the heart; let there be forgiveness to others; let there be no hostilities or darkness.... Let there be the beautiful light of Jesus. This is my wish for all of you, when you turn on the light of the Christmas tree.
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Looking Into the Soul of Christmas

Christmas never was a purely Christian holiday. Like many religious rituals, it has roots in a deeply felt human response to a natural event, the winter solstice, the time when in the northern hemisphere we shift from long dark days to more sunshine. The sun wins out, a situation celebrated by the Romans on around December 25th as Sol Invictus, Sun Unconquered.
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Santa Claus: A Figure of Generosity

A Quiet Reflection from Pope Francis First of all, I would like, with you, to thank the Lord for all his gifts. For it is true that in these days one thinks of Christmas presents, but in reality the one who gives the true gift is he, our Father, who gives us Jesus. Our presents, this beautiful tradition of exchanging presents, should express precisely this: a reflection of the unique gift that is his Son made man and born of the Virgin Mary.
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