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“God is Love,” John tells us (1 John 4:8); and by gnawing on Love, by rapacious grasping at Love, I hope to encounter Him more fully.

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PRAYERS FOR OUR SHEPHERDS: The Christmas Mass at Dawn Remembers the Humble Worship in a Stable in Bethlehem

For the celebration of Christmas, the Catholic Church provides separate Scripture less Buy cheap levitra online ons and liturgical prayers for four different Masses: the Vigil, Midnight, Dawn, and Daytime. Most of us, though, never hear the readings proclaimed for the Mass at Dawn; we are still tucked warmly in our beds at that hour. […]

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For a moment I wondered, Is this too sappy?  Too wrought with emotion? But no—This is Mary in her humanity, glowing with love for her newborn.  And it’s Jesus—winsome, eliciting coos and cuddles as only a baby can do.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas paintings. May the Christ Child smile on you and yours […]

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THE O ANTIPHONS and the Beatles: Great Secrets Revealed?

First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me.   I’ve been reading about the O ANTIPHONS, those profound anticipatory psalms which, in the Catholic tradition, are read at Vespers from December 17 through December 23, leading up to the […]

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O CHRISTMAS TREE: A Brief Chronology

Age 1 – Oh!  Oh!  Look at the twinkling lights!  I’ve never seen anything like this!  Look at the shiny balls—Wouldn’t they taste good…?  Mommy, why are you running and pulling me away?  Do you always get so excited?!  Age 5 – I LOVE the pink Teddy Bear ornament from Grandma!  And the Santa ornament […]

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