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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 Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016, Year A

Joseph and Mary arrive at the inn. 14th century illuminationFr. Thomas J. Lane S.T.D.Associate Professor of Sacred ScriptureMt. St. Mary's SeminaryEmmitsburg, MD(Click here for today’s readings)We are all busy preparing for Christmas. A lot of prep...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 16, 2016

From Greek and Roman times to the present day: A brief history of the English rose

York Minster, south transept rose window, 16th-century Tudor Roses white on red (left) and Lancastrian Roses red. The Tudor Rose became known as “the flower of England” and is today the country’s national flower. (Angelo Hornak/Alamy Stock Phot...
by Potent Scientia Est on Dec 14, 2016

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12th. She first appeared on December 9th, 1531. According to the account, the Virgin Mary told Juan Diego, an Indian convert, to tell Bishop Juan de Zumárraga to build a chapel. Bishop Zumárraga asked...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 11, 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 Amazing Facts About the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, [December 12th] here are ten amazing facts about the image of Our Lady as seen on Saint Juan Diego's tilma that defy scientific explanation and argue in favor of its miraculous origin and divine provena...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 10, 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

Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, Messenger of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 9, 2016St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548). Little is known about the life of Juan Diego before his conversion, but tradition and archaelogical and iconographical sources, along with the most important and oldest indigenous document on...
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

Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

December 9, 2016St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548). Little is known about the life of Juan Diego before his conversion, but tradition and archaelogical and iconographical sources, along with the most important and oldest indigenous document on...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 8, 2016

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception | 2016

December 8th, the Church celebrates the most holy solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With Mary's "yes" to the announcement of the Archangel Gabriel, all creation celebrated the imminent arrival of its Savior. Free from...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 7, 2016

Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 8

December 6, 2016Today we pray for those who have fallen away from the faith. Jesus says that there will be great rejoicing in Heaven when one who was lost returns. O Mary most holy, intercede for families, especially parents, that they may lead their...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 6, 2016

Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 7

December 5, 2016Today we pray for motherhood. Mary is the mother of our Savior. She is tender, loving and selfless. May all mothers be like Mary in how loving they are to their children and families. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, wh...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 5, 2016

Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 6

December 4, 2016Today we pray for healing; the healing of relationships, minds and physical bodies. If you or someone you know is suffering and needs healing, know that many people are praying for you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who l...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 4, 2016

Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 5

December 3, 2016Today we pray for those suffering from financial hardship. Whatever difficulties result, we pray that this hardship bring people together rather than tear them apart. May trying times for individuals and families be resolved in ways t...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 3, 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

Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 4

December 2, 2016Today we pray for purity; the purity of our bodies, that we may treat them as temples of the Holy Spirit; the purity of our minds, that we may have holy thoughts; the purity of our hearts, that we may see God. We pray that God will gr...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 2, 2016

Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 3

December 1, 2016Today we pray in thanksgiving to God for the gift of His mother, Mary. She is a perfect example for us in living a life that is fully devoted to Christ. To thee, O Virgin Mother, who was never touched by any spot of original or actual...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 1, 2016

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Novena for Marriage and Families 2016 | Day 1

The Marriage of the Virgin, Raphael, 1504.The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary novena for marriage and families begins today. Strong families are indispensable in building a culture of life that protects human dignity. We pray that the sacrament o...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Aug 30, 2016

PILGRIM NATION: VIRGIN MARY IN VAILANKANNI

With the month of September setting in soon, it will be Mother Mary’s  birthday on September 8. {Read here about the fair} The following is yet another place that you must visit – At her shrine in Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu, devotees bow to...
by best places of interest on Aug 29, 2016


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