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Some Practical Gifts and Christmas Presence

Christmas is the feast of encounter, the celebration of God’s love and nearness. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth,” we read in St. John’s Gospel. God became one of us! He united himself to every man, woman and child in every time and place in Jesus Christ, the sacrament of our encounter with God.

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God Enters Into Creation

Christmas in many ways is one of the most nostalgic periods of time. We have many treasured memories, especially surrounding the celebration of Christmas. Perhaps as we come closer to this Christmas, we can recall these memories.

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NET’s Christmas Special Has Star-Studded Cast

The NET’s Christmas Variety Special, which premiers this weekend, is must-see family entertainment. Combining hilarious skits and holiday music, its cast reads like a Who’s Who of Brooklyn TV talent.

Host for the one-hour entertainment show is Anthony Mangano, who hosts City of Churches on NET, but you also might recognize him from his roles on Person of Interest, NYPD Blue, Castle, and Blue Bloods. He’ll also be appearing in the upcoming Steven Spielberg series Public Morals.

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God Enters Into Creation

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Christmas in many ways is one of the most nostalgic periods of time. We have many treasured memories, especially surrounding the celebration of Christmas. Perhaps as we come closer to this Christmas, we can recall these memories.

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Children’s Christmas Reading For Giving and Receiving

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The following books are suitable for Christmas giving:

“I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosin. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York, 2014). 455 pp., $16.99.

Lucila has a good life: a loving family, close friends and a home in her cherished hill city of Valparaiso, Chile. But her sense of security quickly crumbles when political turmoil turns violent. Classmates disappear and her parents flee for safety. Then her grandmother, a refugee from Nazi Germany, sends Lucila to Vermont.

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‘Nun’s Life’ Internet Ministry to Expand

WASHINGTON (CNS) — What started out as a blog at a time when few people knew about blogs and hardly anyone was familiar with Twitter is a living and growing ministry run by two women religious who are Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Sisters Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch oversee their website “A Nun’s Life” from Toledo, Ohio, which is a quick drive from their order’s motherhouse in Monroe, Michigan.

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Here’s to the Faithful, Or the Lucky Ones

The lucky ones are people with a vibrant faith. They may not be perfect, but they have been able to overcome many obstacles by the grace of God and find happiness despite their weaknesses. They believe in not being overcome by evil but overcoming evil with good.

Sometimes a person is born with a particular set of weaknesses such as a jealous streak, an inferiority complex or an envious spirit that saddens the soul. These traits often lead to certain actions that bring shame and misery upon them.

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Prophets and Apostles of Today

“Rejoice! Again, I say, Rejoice!”

John the Baptist reminds and witnesses to you and me (even with his life) that, “there is One among you whom you do not recognize, the One who is coming.” He adds, with a vivid image of his own relationship and importance to this One, Jesus – the Christ, Who is to come into our lives, that Jesus is the One “whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”

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Widowhood and Christmas

As I head toward my second Christmas as a widower, I now know the challenges begin with Halloween.

Yes, Halloween. Filled with happy “couple” memories, it’s a tough day for a lot of widows and widowers. It is followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s – one blow after another, pummeling an already broken heart.

There’s the realization that, on earth, the best is not yet to come. The best has come and gone.

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Kowtowing to Moscow Is Bad Ecumenism

In his work for Christian unity, St. John Paul II often expressed the hope that Christianity in its third millennium might “breathe again” with its “two lungs:” West and East, Latin and Byzantine. It was a noble aspiration.

And when he first visited Orthodoxy’s ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople in 1979, perhaps the successor of Peter imagined that his heartfelt desire to concelebrate the Eucharist with the successor of Andrew would be realized in his lifetime.

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