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THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

In the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus, in a dull provincial backwater of the Roman Empire, the world’s true King tabernacled silently for nine months in the virginal womb of a then unknown Jewish maiden, Mary of Nazareth. The Blessed Virgin Mary’s divine Infant is Jesus Christ, the long awaited Saviour of mankind, Messiah. Christ the Messiah generously invites every man, woman, and child on earth to follow Him. Where? Along the Christian path of new life, life in the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church is the home of the Holy Spirit. The Christian religion, as ...

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WAKE UP, LOOK UP

Hora est de somno surgere. Advent is the austere and sobering start of the new liturgical year. We recall humanity’s primordial expulsion from paradise. We ponder the Four Last Things; death, judgement, hell, and heaven. The cry of Wachet auf rouses sleepy pilgrims from their dreams. It urges us to wake up, and to look up, towards the transcendent horizon from whence Christ the Lord of history will return. Excita potentiam tuam. As Advent begins our conscience is stirred up by St John the Baptist. The Saviour’s stern precursor bids us repent. There is no denying the threatening tone of ...

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