December 14, 2018

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Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is derived from the Latin words “gaudium,” joy, and “gaudeo,” to rejoice or be glad.

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December 7, 2018

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The Five Names of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sin causes alienation. Trust is broken. Relationships are weakened, damaged, and sometimes shattered.

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November 30, 2018

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St. Barbara — Virgin, Martyr

St. Barbara

St. Barbara is one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe. She is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is invoked against lightning, fever, and sudden death.

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November 21, 2018

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The Kingdoms of Jesus and Pilate

The Gospel for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B, is a conversation between Jesus and Pontius Pilate, the Procurator or Governor of Judea (Jn 18:33-37). The juxtaposition of the two of them, both rulers, presents a striking contrast between two drastically different styles and approaches to kingship.

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November 21, 2018

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The Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ

When Jesus was interrogated by Pilate, he testified, “My kingdom does not belong to this world” (Jn 18:36a). Jesus is a king, but not like the kings of earth. Earthly kings are powerful rulers, hold supreme authority, reign over the land and the people, issue edicts, impose their will, bask in luxury, have many servants, maintain an army with well-trained troops, and go to battle to protect themselves and their kingdom. Jesus is nothing like worldly kings.

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November 16, 2018

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Thanksgiving: Yesterday and today a harvest festival and a family celebration

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in the United States by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Lincoln said it was to be a day of “thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

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November 9, 2018

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The dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran

Basilica of St. John Lateran

This feast commemorates the first dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran which took place in Rome on November 9, 324. Pope Sylvester I (314-335) presided.

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October 26, 2018

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All Souls’ Day — The value of prayer for the dead

Purgatory

November 2 is All Souls’ Day, the day in the liturgical year that we set aside to pray for the dead. November is the month when we especially remember those who have died.

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October 16, 2018

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Removing scent — and sin

My head has been in the ozone recently. Specifically, I have had my mind on ways to remove human scent so as not to spook whitetails when I am out in the woods with my bow or gun. Anyone who has ever had a whitetail blow, flag its tail and bolt understands what I am […]

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October 5, 2018

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The Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage

Marriage or matrimony is one of the seven sacraments. It belongs to a special group or classification of sacraments known as the Sacraments of Commitment, the two major ways for adults to live out their baptismal faith commitment: marriage and Holy Orders.

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