Issue 9825-12/6/18

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: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

Great consternation in the American media, both secular and Catholic, has been occasioned by the Holy See’s “request” (read “order”) to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to postpone a proposed vote on—but not the discussion of—the USCCB’s three draft policies intended to hold our bishops more accountable for their handling of accusations of abuse by clerics.



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