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Five Themes in Isaiah's Prophecies of Christ's Birth

First, there’s a sense of something wholly new. “See, I’m doing something new. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” So Isaiah 43:19 declares. Isaiah trembles with excitement at the sense of something wholly new and unexpected. The e...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 20, 2016

A Reflection on Saint Luke's Infancy Narrative

Angel Appearing to Zacharias, Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1490.St. Luke devotes the first two chapters of his Gospel to events in the infancy of Christ. Luke's infancy narratives consider six episodes structured in pairs about the early lives of John...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 19, 2016

Homily for the Nativity of The Lord, (Christmas) December 25, 2016, Year A

Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)My dear brothers and sisters, all of our ideals, all of our dreams of what we want to be, and of what our world can be… all of our visions and understandings of God,...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 18, 2016

Repost: Why Isn’t Jesus Named Emmanuel?

The following is reposted from December of last year. We present it here for your consideration:In Matthew’s Gospel, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 18, 2016

Rorate Coeli | The Advent Prose

The text of this hymn recited in the Mass and Divine Office during Advent comes from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 45:8) in the Vulgate. It is a plea of the Prophets, the Patriarchs and the entire Church, who together await the Messiah. Speaking to the...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 16, 2016

Reminder: Christmas Novena Begins December 16th

The Christmas Novena begins on December 16th, and concludes on Christmas day. This devotion honors the Incarnation of Christ, and is prayed especially for an end to abortion. The birth of our Savior was, and is, an occasion of unrivaled joy for all o...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 15, 2016

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016, Year A

St. Joseph’s Dream, illuminated manuscript, T’oros Roslin, c. 1260.Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)Nazareth was one of the most insignificant villages in Judah. When Jesus was first assembling Hi...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 11, 2016

Ten Things to Know About the Incarnation of Christ

The Incarnation of Christ is the seminal event in history. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 463 "Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: 'By this you know the Spirit of God: every...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 9, 2016

The Christmas Novena Begins December 16th

The Christmas Novena begins on December 16th, and concludes on Christmas day. This devotion honors the Incarnation of Christ, and is prayed especially for an end to abortion. The birth of our Savior was, and is, an occasion of unrivaled joy for all o...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 9, 2016

All You Need to Know About the Incarnation of Christ

The Incarnation of Christ is the seminal event in history. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 463 "Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: 'By this you know the Spirit of God: every...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 9, 2016

O Antiphons Overview

The liturgical season of Advent has two parts, both of which look to the coming of the Lord. The first part of Advent, which immediately follows the feast of Christ the King and ends on December 16, looks to his second coming — the return of Jesus...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 6, 2016

Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent [A]

Third Sunday of Advent (A), December 15, 2013By Msgr. Bernard BourgeoisIsaiah 35:1-6a, 10; Psalm 146; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11"Be patient, brothers and sisters,until the coming of the Lord." (Jas 5:7)Advent coincides with one of the busiest time...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 5, 2016

The Christmas Anticipation Prayer

Beginning on the feast day of Saint Andrew the Apostle, November 30th, the following prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This meditative petition helps us to increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and t...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 3, 2016

Advent Celebrates Two Comings: The Incarnation and the Last Judgment

As we all know the four weeks before Christmas, also known as Advent, is a time of preparation and anticipation. We prepare our hearts and our souls to welcome Christ anew, remembering how God became man 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. Nativity scenes...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 1, 2016

Behold Jesus’ Pro-life Parents

Behold Jesus’ prolife parents. Yes, their story is the most amazing pregnancy story in history. Because of Who was brought into this world. What is just as amazing? Behold Jesus’ Prolife Parents Their Situation Jesus’ prolife parent...
by AllLivesAreSacred.com on Nov 28, 2016

Some Important Points You Need to Know about Rumpus Rooms

Rumpus rooms, or recreation rooms, are indoor space designed for the recreation of children and adults. Rumpus rooms, provided it is safe and well ventilated can make great place for kids to play or convene with their friends. Furniture tends to be c...
by Home Design Ideas on May 27, 2016

Life Now

We can easily make the Martha mistake.  I don’t mean the Martha in the kitchen mistake though.  At the end of Luke 10 we see Martha graciously rebuked by Jesus for desperately trying to love her neighbor as her first priority, when she should hav...
by Biblical Preaching on Apr 1, 2016

Life Now

We can easily make the Martha mistake.  I don’t mean the Martha in the kitchen mistake though.  At the end of Luke 10 we see Martha graciously rebuked by Jesus for desperately trying to love her neighbor as her first priority, when she should hav...
by Biblical Preaching on Apr 1, 2016

Aghori Sadhu – The ascetic Cannibals

“Akal mritue vo mare jo kam kare chandal ka, kaal b uska kya kare jo bhakt ho Mahakaal ka” Death presents an unknown element that speaks of a certain but unknown future, yet remains an untouchable predicament in the present. The future is...
by Journal Edge on Mar 22, 2016

Preaching Christ Reveals the Father

Too much preaching presents a false division between Father and Son.  That is, the Father can sound like an angry and distant despot who is grudgingly appeased by the Son’s sacrifice on behalf of sinners.  That is exactly wrong. Jesus came no...
by Biblical Preaching on Feb 27, 2016


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