By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

“Let us see your face.” The whole church repeats this five-word, heartfelt plea to God four times during Masses on Advent’s first Sunday. Heard in the responsorial psalm after the first biblical reading, it echoes this repeated plea to God in Psalm 80: “Light up your face and we shall be saved.”


Does it make sense for the Christian family to beg God at the Advent season’s beginning to reveal his face? Doesn’t the memory of the one born 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem reveal this – the one frequently described as God’s face in this world?


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Jesus had just told his apostles some parables to remind them to always be prepared for his return at the end of the age.


After he was done, Jesus explained what would happen upon his return.


“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him,” Jesus said.


By: Nancy Wiechec (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

If we take the lead from the first Thanksgiving, our holiday tables should feature the food and people close to us.


Pilgrims came to the New World knowing little about how to fend for themselves in the new land. They fled England as religious separatists and traveled across waters for new prosperity. But half the Mayflower’s hundred or so passengers died during their first New England winter, a particularly harsh one.


By: Joe Sarnicola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17


When David was 30 years old, the people of the tribes of Israel came to him in Hebron and said, “Look! We are your bone and your flesh. In days past, when Saul was still our king, you were the one who led Israel out in all its battles and brought it back. And the Lord said to you: ‘You shall shepherd my people Israel.’”


After saying this, the elders of the tribes met with King David and made a covenant with him in the Lord’s presence. Then they anointed him as their king, and he reigned as their king for 40 years.


By: Maria-Pia Negro Chin (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

“Todos hemos nacido para ser santos”. Ha oído esa frase antes? Piensa que esa es la razón por la cual Dios lo trajo al mundo?


Nos cuesta creer esto porque muchos de nosotros tenemos ideas equivocadas sobre lo que significa ser santo.


“Los santos no son personas ‘extraordinarias’. No son como ‘extraterrestres’ que bajan a la tierra”, escribió el arzobispo de Los Ángeles José H. Gómez. “Demasiada gente piensa eso. Y esto dificulta el poder ayudarles a ver lo que Dios quiere de nuestras vidas”.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

One day, the apostles asked Jesus about the signs of his return at the end of the age.


Jesus said there would be wars, famines and earthquakes, and those who believe in him would be persecuted and killed. He warned of false prophets and false messiahs who would perform signs and wonders to try to deceive people.


All of these things would take place before his return, but Jesus said only God knows when that will be.


By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Something virtually unthinkable happened during the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s. Numerous Christians who were not Roman Catholics were invited to serve as formal observers of the council proceedings in Rome.


These observers’ surprising presence at the council confirmed that a centuries-long polemical era of disputes and contention, a time when divided Christians basically turned their backs to each other, was undergoing a profound transformation.


By: Maria-Pia Negro (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Do you ever wonder what God wants out of your life? Why did he create you?


Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez recently wrote, “We are all born to be saints.”


Yet, we might be reluctant to believe this because of misconceptions of what it means to be a saint.


“Saints are not ‘extraordinary’ people – they are not like ‘extraterrestrials’ who come down to earth,” Archbishop Gomez said. “Too many people think like that – and it gets in the way of helping them to see what God wants with our lives.”



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