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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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Saint Francis' Love of Christmas

Sunday we celebrate Christmas. It was a feast dear to Saint Francis. In fact, he encouraged his followers to fast from the Feast of All Saints until Christmas. He also requested that civil rulers and landed gentry give an extra ration of food to their animals on Christmas day.
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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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Advent with Mother Teresa: Put the Past in the Past

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! —Psalm 25:6–7 The prophet Balaam is the protagonist in one of my favorite Bible stories—Balaam and his inscrutable donkey (see Numbers 22:22–40, which precedes today’s  first reading).
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The Choice to Rejoice this Christmas

I could not make sense of the commentator’s words. “Good morning! Welcome to our celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent, Rejoice Sunday. We will light a pink candle on our wreath today to symbolize this moment of expectant joy.” It was December 16, 2012, and only 48 hours earlier, 26 innocent children and adults had been massacred at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The nation was numb. We were in shock. How could we rejoice?
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The Seven Joys of Mary: An Advent Reflection

At every Mass we assert that we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is not a better time to reflect in joyful waiting than the quiet season of Advent, which comes before the celebration of Christmas. And there is no greater model of joy for us than Our Blessed Mother, Mary.
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Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus

  Who was Saint Nicholas? How did he become our modern-day Santa Claus? Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, talks about the connection between the two.
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Tales of Santa Claus

Just in from the US Postal Service is an email announcing their “Letters from Santa” program. The press release claims that Letters from Santa is a memorable Thanksgiving Day family activity. Here is the link, if you want further information. The basic idea is how to get a personalized response from Santa for the cost of some postage.
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Take the Commercialism Out of Christmas

Last Advent, a religion class in the Catholic grade school where my wife teaches took a poll of the students that asked only one question: “What do you think of when you hear the word Christmas?” The good news is that Jesus won because his name came up most often. Unfortunately, he took only 42 percent of the vote. “Presents” was first runner-up with 25 percent.
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