By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18



One day, the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus wanted to count the people who lived in the lands he ruled. All those living in those lands needed to return to their ancestral hometowns to be counted. A man named Joseph was living in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. A relative of King David, Joseph took his pregnant wife, Mary, and traveled to Bethlehem in Judea to take part in the census.


By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

Be watchful and Be alert! are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To the contemporary Catholic, they can also present somewhat of a conundrum.


Being watchful and alert both imply a void, an emptiness, something lacking, an expectation to be fulfilled. On the other hand, the Advent season in today’s society seems to be an overflow of noise and images, these days all about Christmas.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18




The priest Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, had a son named John.


In the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, the word of God came to John while he was living in the desert.


John began traveling throughout the region of the Jordan River, telling all who would listen that they needed to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins.


By: Nancy De Flon (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled — God’s promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, “God with us.”


The prophet Malachi foretells the rising of the sun of righteousness (note those words in “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”). Zechariah prophesies that his son, John, will be the “prophet of the Most High.” In Nazareth a young virgin becomes pregnant under puzzling circumstances.


By: Lise Alves (CNS)
SAO PAULO (CNS) -- A gunman opened fire inside a Brazilian church, killing four people and injuring four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.
 The shooting occurred Dec. 11 just as parishioners from Our Lady of the Conception Cathedral in Campinas, near Sao Paulo, were leaving a midday Mass.
By: Carol Zimmermann (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
BALTIMORE (CNS)--The gathering of U.S. bishops in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 on the heels of the clergy abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church this past summer had echoes of the 2002 bishops’ meeting in Dallas, which took place just months after the Church was also reeling from the clergy sexual abuse crisis that made headlines in The Boston Globe.
But the two meetings reflected different times and also ended with different results.
By: Shemaiah Gonzalez (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming. It’s a time to take stock of what’s important in our lives, casting away extra commitments and wasted energy we’ve added throughout the year.
Here are a few traditions that an individual or a family can practice to slow down and draw closer to Christ during Advent.
— Advent candles
By: Mark Pattison
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Washington (CNS)-- The U.S. bishops will consider endorsing the sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman, the granddaughter of slaves and the only African-American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, who transcended racism to leave a lasting mark on Catholic life in the United States in the late 20th century.


By: Moisés Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Recientemente quise reservar un Yellow Cab (Taxi Amarillo) en la web para que me traslade al aeropuerto. No tuve éxito, porque la tecnología que me debería identificar como un ser humano y no como un robot, no estaba activada en el servidor de la empresa de taxis. Finalmente me di por vencido y llamé a un inmigrante de la India que tiene un taxi y me había llevado antes. Lo hizo con gusto. El mundo aún funciona mejor a través de las relaciones humanas.


By: Moisés Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Recently I was on the web trying to reserve a Yellow Cab to take me to the airport. I was unsuccessful because the technology that would identify me as a human being and not a robot was turned off on the taxi company’s server. I finally gave up and telephoned an immigrant from India who has a cab and had taken me there before. He gladly did it. The world still works best through human relationships.



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