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December 2019

Dec 11

Opening your home to the Lord

By: Dr. Greg Popcak Each Advent, we hear reflections that remind us to make more room in our hearts for God. But do we have room for him in our homes? A study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown found that while most Catholics pray individually, only 17% of Catholic families pray together. As I was reflecting on...
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Dec 9

Rejoice in the good news of the Church

By: Gretchen R. Crowe Apart from Christmas and Easter, Gaudete Sunday is maybe my favorite day of the Church year. If you’re a regular reader, you probably know this, because I inevitably end up talking about it every year. And what could be better? Gaudete — rejoice — the Lord is near! I am grateful for the Church’s...
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Dec 6

Opening the Word: Hearing the Baptist’s cry

By: Timothy P. O'Malley It’s hard to appreciate the intensity of John the Baptist. His clothing is that of an ancient prophet like Elijah. His diet is ascetic. He has taken up residence in the desert, the place where Israel first learned to love God, preaching conversion. The conversion that he preaches is more than an occasion to become a...
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Dec 4

Channeling Mary’s generous heart this Christmas

By: Abby Johnson Gift-giving is my love language. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries — it doesn’t matter. My friends and family are getting gifts because it’s my way of showing that I love and care about them. The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year for this reason, but there is a fine line between keeping...
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Dec 2

A history lesson on the Vatican’s support of a two-state solution in the Holy Land

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion It all began in 1948. Exhausted by the Second World War and tired of maintaining their worldwide empire, the British left Palestine, which they had governed, and the United Nations had to decide what was to come. The U.N. divided the territory between Jews and Arabs, most of whom were Muslims, but many were Christians,...
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