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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Transform: 1. To change markedly the appearance or form of; 2. To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert. Ponder: 1. Think about (something) carefully, esp. before deciding or concluding. This weekend we continue our reflections on the transformation of the peasant girl from Nazareth named Mary. A few weeks ago we remembered the […]

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After the shepherds departed having told them what the angels had said  we are told that “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Mary “pondered” (to think about (something) carefully, esp. before deciding or concluding.) – What did she really know? Here is a song called: Mary Did you know? I […]

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If I were to write down everything  I know about liturgical music it would be one of the shortest articles in history.  About all that I can offer is that for the most part I like it! Recently I  have started to listen to Gregorian chant. There is no way I understand it but it […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Mary, Mother of God (Year B) Jan. 1 (Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site […]

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Best wishes for a blessed and holy Christmas. Here is a beautiful telling of the Christmas story set to the words of a song from Amy Grant titled “Breath of Heaven”. I believe the video was produced by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The lyrics of the song are posted below the […]

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This is a re-post from last Christmas Eve, when  I shared the following about  my favorite movies about the season. It is  A Christmas Carol, the story of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge written by Charles Dickens in 1843 during the industrial revolution in England. It was a dirty era and the plight of the poor was […]

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 The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Please click on the X in the video to close the Google Ad when it appears) Luke 2: 41-51  (This is a different translation than the recording) “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he […]

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The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation (Please click on the X in the video to close the Google Ad when it appears) Luke 2: 22-35  (This is a different translation than the recording) And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present […]

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The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity (Please click on the X in the video to close the Google Ad when it appears) Luke 2:6-12 (This is a different translation than the recording) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her […]

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  The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation (Please click on the X in the video to close the Google Ad when it appears) Luke 1: 39-49  (This is a different translation than the recording) Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda. And entered into […]

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Nativity of the Lord (Year B) Dec. 25 (Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-16) Click here for THIS SUNDAY’S  readings The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet […]

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The First Joyful Mystery- The Annunciation (Please click on the X in the video to close the Google Ad when it appears) The Passage: Luke 1:26-38 (This is a different translation than the recording) “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin […]

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(Please click here for this week’s Homily: Do Not be Afraid) As we enter the final week of our preparation for Christmas there is an opportunity to pray with Mary. A powerful way to ponder the meaning of Christmas in our hearts is to spend a few minutes each day with the rosary. The Joyful […]

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One of the truly amazing gifts of being Catholic is the rich theology and teachings we have been given through the years about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the ages we have come to understand the role of Mary through the teachings of the Church, by numerous masterpieces of art and in a special way […]

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