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December 12, 2014
Our Lady of Guadalupe - the Star of the New Evangelization
By Bishop James D. Conley

15 years ago, in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II declared that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be celebrated in the every Church in the Americas, because, he said, she is the Patroness, the Evangelizer, and the Mother of the Americas.  
 
John Paul said that through her intercession, the new evangelization in America would  “yield a splendid flowering of Christian life." She is, therefore, the Star of the New Evangelization.
 
The Blessed Virgin Mary is an evangelist in all times, in...

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December 12, 2014
The Culture War
By Russell Shaw

For months after the Supreme Court abruptly legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision of January 1973, people who welcomed the result repeatedly declared that the struggle over abortion had now come to a close. The Supreme Court had spoken, the matter was settled, and prolifers could pack up and go home.

Some of the people saying that probably believed it, and for others it was wishful thinking. But in still other cases a different motive appeared to be at work. Declaring the fight...

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December 11, 2014
Celebrating the Three Comings of Christ in the Advent Season
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

During Advent we celebrate what are sometimes referred to as the "three comings of Christ": the coming of Christ in Bethlehem, the coming of Christ in glory at the end of time, and the coming of Christ today in the sacraments and life of the Church.

The first coming of Christ remains the central event of human history.  All time is dated from the birth of Christ.  The centuries leading up to Christ's birth are numbered B.C.: before Christ.  This year is officially the 2014th year since the...

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December 10, 2014
Here Is Your God! He Comes to Save Us!
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In many respects, 2014 has been a dark year.  One tragedy after the other has befallen Americans while our brothers and sisters around the world endure hunger, starvation, persecution and even martyrdom for their beliefs, all unimaginable in America.  

    ‘Where have you been, Lord,’ we ask, ‘where were you this year?’  
    ‘I am with you all days,’ Jesus replies, without hesitation.  
    ‘We’ve already had our winter of our discontent,’ we quip.  
    ‘I give you Advent...

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December 08, 2014
War on Poverty
By Alice von Hildebrand

Which one of us would fail to respond enthusiastically to Pope Francis’ call to wage war on poverty? In a world dominated by technology, no one can ignore the abysmal misery and sub human conditions in which millions of people live. By contrast, some “privileged” people bathe in revolting luxury. No Christian (no human being) can be excused for not trying to alleviate this horrible situation. Tua res agitur. When our brothers are starving, it is our strict duty to feed them.

The...

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December 06, 2014
Is the Catholic Church Ready for the Mega Church Movement?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, originally affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, was probably the best-known megachurch in the U.S. Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, the church was founded and led for many years by its famed pastor, Robert H. Schuller. The largest glass building in the world, the church has a seating capacity of over 2,700 people.

In 2010, the Crystal Cathedral filed for bankruptcy, and the building, along with the surrounding...

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During the month of December, children of Christian families dream about the gifts they hope to receive on Christmas Day. How would it be otherwise? Ads have inundated—no, they have bombarded parents,grandparents, and guardians, pressing them, coaxing them to splurge on their children! The syndrome of Santa also contributes to the fever-pitch desire for trinkets, many of which will be discarded soon after their excitement has waned.

Christmas may be a time for giving to our children, but...

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December 05, 2014
'Wild' - a redepmtive but dark journey
By Carl Kozlowski

In the new movie “Wild,” a newly divorced woman named Cheryl Strayed - whose best-selling memoir the film is based upon - is trying to kick intense addictions to sex and heroin by walking over 1000 miles from the Mojave Desert to the Canadian border along the Pacific Coast Trail (known in the film and by hikers as the PCT). Played by Reese Witherspoon in a staggering performance that covers every part of the emotional spectrum and then some, Cheryl is a wounded soul who runs away from...

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December 03, 2014
Francis, This Is Your Mission
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

This was not the plan.  Not the human plan. Xavier, the gifted, debonair hidalgo-turned-Jesuit was destined for great things.  At forty-six years of age, exhausted from serving others, he died on an island off the mainland of China thousands of miles away from his community.

Xavier, the nobleman, who was unused to roughing it, became the greatest itinerant missionary-saint in history, second only to St. Paul of Tarsus.  Such are the strange but wonderful ways of Providence to fulfill the...

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December 02, 2014
A Noble Mission Accomplished in Solidarity with Other Human Beings
By José Graziano da Silva

When the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) was held in Rome last week, one very special moment took place, one which I personally feel was filled with poignancy.

In order to take part in the event, Pope Francis entered the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations headquarters for the first time and broke protocol by suddenly stopping by my side in the building’s main  entrance hall. It is a place where marble tablets line a wall, each bearing the preamble of...

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