December 19, 2017

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Why was Jesus Born at Midnight?

Midnight Mass candle

Midnight Mass is a special Christmas Mass. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is a beautiful Christmas hymn. Midnight is the hour traditionally regarded as the time that Jesus was born.

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December 15, 2017

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Glimpses of God in the everyday world

If we believe God knocks on the door of every heart, . . . would He be working through Kesha and her new song Praying?

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December 15, 2017

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The animals of Christmas

Shepherds

There are several animals that are sometimes included in the Nativity or manger scene used to portray the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

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December 7, 2017

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Saint Lucy – Virgin and Martyr

Saint Lucy

St. Lucy was born in Syracuse, a city on the island of Sicily, off the coast of Italy, during the Third Century. Her family was upper class Roman nobility. Her parents were Christian. Her father died when she was an infant, so her mother both raised her and trained her in the faith.

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December 4, 2017

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Travels to Tanzania are inspiring

The Mass for the dedication of a new church is one of the most inspiring liturgies there is. I recently had the great privilege to concelebrate the Mass of Dedication for the new church of St. John the Baptist in Ngujini, Tanzania.

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December 1, 2017

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The Season of Advent

The term “Advent” comes from the Latin preposition ad, “to” or “toward,” and the verb, venire, “to come”; as well as the Latin word adventus which means “arrival” or “coming.”

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November 27, 2017

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The most important non-profit in our household

When we Jarvis kids grew up as exiled Minnesotans in early-60s Hartford City, Indiana – 3M exiled my father to Indiana, and the deal was we had to go with him – we discovered that Hoosiers in that part of Indiana celebrated holidays a little differently than Minnesotans then. And today.

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November 17, 2017

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The dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter and Paul

November 18 is the memorial of the dedication of two of the oldest and most important basilicas of the Church, the first St. Peter’s Basilica and the first St. Paul’s Basilica. Both churches were in Rome, one inside the ancient city walls on the Vatican Hill where local Christians believed that the grave of St. Peter was located, the other outside the ancient city walls on the Via Ostia where the relics of St. Paul were buried.

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October 31, 2017

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A Saint for Today

On Saturday, November 4th Sr. Rani Marie (Who’s name translates as Queen Mary) will be beatified, the first step toward canonization.

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October 27, 2017

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Go ahead: love yourself

Love yourself

Love yourself. Yes, Jesus wants you to love yourself. He said so. “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:39). But this sounds so selfish. When a person hears, “Love yourself,” all sorts of things come to mind. “Put yourself first,” which is egotistical, prideful, self-centered, and individualistic. “Give yourself what you want,” which is selfish, greedy, and materialistic. “The world revolves around you and what makes you happy,” which is narcissistic. “Enjoy the pleasures of life; if it feels good, do it,” which is hedonistic, self-indulgent, and decadent. Certainly this is not what Jesus means when he says, “Love yourself.”

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