Advent

Christmas past resonates for oldest pastor

This year will mark Monsignor Burke's 40th Christmas at St. Francis of Assisi in Baltimore. He’ll celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, and the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.
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Advent: It’s not over ’til it’s over

We’ve made it this far. Ready or not, Christmas is coming. But this last little stretch offers a sliver of time.
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Camping out at the dollar store

Little gifts. Tiny blessings. This Christmas season, give away a compliment and your smile.
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Proclaim the Gospel in every language, in every land, pope tells Filipinos

"Continue being 'smugglers' of the faith," Pope Francis told thousands of Filipino migrants living and working in Italy.
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‘A love with no borders’ seen at Guadalupe Mass in Glen Burnie

Each year the archdiocese attempts to celebrate Mass at a new location near the actual Dec. 12 feast day to recognize the long tradition of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, particularly with Catholics of Central and South American heritage.
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A live nativity offers a lesson in joy

Our fourth grader may have only had one brief job to do, but he embraced it wholeheartedly. He held the Star proudly and peered through the center of it with an enormous smile. His eyes, his smile, and his whole face were full of joy.
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Finding patience in Advent

When we complain about another, we often take a position of judgment. Yet only God is the ultimate judge, our Christ.
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Supreme joy and a divine gift

Those who possess true joy are not deterred by their problems, by distress or by deprivation – their own or that of others.
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The more, the merrier

As the Christmas season approaches, George Matysek shares the joys of having five children age 5 and under.
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The gift of a ‘banana tree’

During this season of giving, as we thoughtfully select gifts for people we know and love – and maybe even for strangers – how wonderful to consider that a gift may bring joy not just in the moment of opening, but also for years to come.
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No sales pitch required

The world may or may not believe what we say. But the world will believe what we do. Do we live in such a way as to allow the God born once in a manger to live fully in us?
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