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Top 10 Faith Posts of 2016 TRAINING HAPPY HEARTS - January 15, 2017 Are you looking for ways to teach and celebrate faith-related ideas with your children in 2017? Perhaps scrolling through our Top 10 Faith Posts from 2016 will inspire you. Recently, I realized that again in 2016, the Top 20 most popular posts were here at Training Happy Hearts were split almost 50-50 between reviews and giveaways and faith-related posts. Thus, today, I thought I would share our Top 10 Faith Posts of 2016 s that you might discover inspiration that you may ...http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-10-faith-posts-of-2016.html

'Ordinary Time' Is Anything but Ordinary BIG C CATHOLICS - January 9, 2017 ... The tug-of-war represents, on the one hand, a culture of commercialization replete with empty promises. On the other hand, there is Advent whose primary purpose is to prepare us to celebrate a singular event; that is, the birth of Him who has come into the world to take away our sins as the sacrificial lamb of God. The word "Christmas" comes from the Old English word Christes maesse . Or, "the Christ Mass." The aforementioned tug-of-war, rooted in a culture of aggressive ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/01/ordinary-time-is-anything-but-ordinary.html

Feast of the Epiphany CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 5, 2017 ... special King's Cake as part of the festivities of Epiphany (a King's Cake is part of the observance of Mardi Gras in French Catholic culture of the Southern USA). In some church traditions, only the full days are counted so that January 5th is the Eleventh Day of Christmas, January 6th is the Twelfth Day, and the evening of January 6th is counted as the Twelfth Night. In traditional Christian churches Christmas , as well as Easter , is celebrated as a period of time, a season of the church ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/feast-of-epiphany.html

Resources for Advent PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - January 5, 2017 ... Feasts in December 2012 Advent as Part of Growing Up Will We Choose to Lift the Cloud for Christmas? Avoiding the Advent Trap USCCB: Calendar and Resources for Advent 2012 Advent: Don't Rush! It's Not Christmas Yet! Advent, Suffering, and the Promise of Joy Catholic Culture Advent Workshop: What Is Advent? Jesse Tree "O" Antiphons Advent Calendar Activities and Customs Prayers and Hymns See Advent's Meaning Through Mary Advent Wreath: Prayers and Explanation The Advent Wreath ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2016/11/resources-for-advent.html

Καθολικός διάκονος: 2016 Year in Review Καθολικός διάκονος - December 27, 2016 ... year I will finish with 163 or 164 posts, depending on whether I post anything on New Year's Eve. With the exception of 2005, which I am not sure really counts, it is the fewest posts ever. I figured out several years ago that "chasing" the headlines is no way to blog. With that, below is a list of posts, one from each month, I think worth highlighting at the end of the year. It is something of a "greatest hits" compilation. I don't include my homilies for consideration. As always (though I've ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2016/12/2016-year-in-review.html

The Kingdom Not of This World DARWINCATHOLIC - December 25, 2016 ... prophets during Lent, the whole New Testament during the Easter season (starting with Acts during the octave of Easter, and the Pentateuch and historical books during Ordinary Time. In some Catholic versions of the Bible, 1 and 2 Maccabees are included before the book of Job, but the little Bible on my bedside table is the Revised Standard Edition which places those books in their chronological order at the very end of the Old Testament. It seems odd not to have the Old ...http://darwincatholic.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-kingdom-not-of-this-world.html

Christmas Is a Season VIEW FROM THE AMBO - December 23, 2016 ... on the feast of the Epiphany, we we remember three events in which Christ is revealed to the world (the arrival of the Magi, the Baptism of Christ, and the first miracle at the wedding at Cana). Different cultures have different endings of the season culturally, for example marks is through February 2 (the feast of the Presentation), while others end with the official end of the liturgical season on the Baptism of the Lord, this year January 9. There is something profoundly ...http://frtodd.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-is-season.html

Christmas and Its Consequences: A Review of Puccini's La Bohème CRISIS MAGAZINE - December 20, 2016 ... charm and beauty of Christmas, this is no surprise. Many of "Christmas" stories, if we pay careful enough attention, are valuable meditations on the love and self-forgetfulness taught best by God himself. Yet consider scope of the Christmas story. It is the story of Christ. But the story of Christ does not end with His birth or on the coming of the Three Kings; it passes through the Passion and Death of our Lord unto the Resurrection and triumphant return to Heaven. How many ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/0Egg37Rb-8w/christmas-consequences-review-puccinis-la-boheme

When Honesty and Truth Is Based on Love, Their Worth Is Infinitely Enhanced REFLECTIONS AND RUMINATIONS - December 18, 2016 ... themselves more often to celebrate this outside of the twice yearly seasons of Lent and Advent. After all, most Catholics would know that for about 15 minutes prior to the start of each Sunday's Mass, there would be a priest sitting in the confessional awaiting penitents who wish to encounter God's mercy. A necessary part of the Rite always has the penitent telling us when it was that they last celebrated the sacrament. Among other things, giving us this bit ...http://frlukefong.blogspot.com/2016/12/when-honesty-and-truth-is-based-on-love.html

India Celebrates 400 Years of Christianity Through Thick and Thin CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 11, 2016 ... in theology, dogma or otherwise. Kieran McCartan ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/india-celebrates-400-years-of.html

Gaudete Sunday, 3rd Sunday Advent, Year A FATHER DYLAN'S SERMONS & TALKS - December 10, 2016 ... certain 'heaviness' about them, and that is lifted in today's liturgy. The heaviness of Lent consists of penance and 'giving things up'. The heaviness of Advent consists in its focus on The Lord's future coming and our need to PREPARE ourselves for it. Today's liturgy, however, shifts the focus, it reminds us of something of decisive importance, something that we need to recall WHILE we are waiting: Even though we are looking ...http://fatherdylanjames.blogspot.com/2016/12/gaudete-sunday-3rd-sunday-advent-year-a.html

Advent's Main Characters MOUNT CARMEL - December 4, 2016 ... joyful event. There is a jubilant expectation, love is in the air. John calls us to repent and to turn away from everything that lies in the way of God's coming to us. It is a call to a deeper awareness of who it is "leaving heaven" to be with the sons of men. After having grasped this we are moved to love. Advent requires that we make room for the Spirit of God. We need to do away with things that are not compatible with Him. ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MountCarmel/~3/WlkCQW1lCbs/advent-waiting-begins.html

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A LORD, IF YOU WILL (SUNDAYS AND SOLEMNITIES) - November 27, 2016 If we knew, in four weeks, Jesus would return, how would we prepare? What would we do differently? Would we even do anything differently? Those are the questions that this season of Advent invites us to ask, because it challenges us to think not in terms of a season to get through before Christmas, but a time to reflect and to prepare our hearts for a coming that has already occurred and ...http://lordifyouwill.blogspot.com/2016/11/first-sunday-of-advent-cycle-a.html

Advent- Be Vigilant in Love! MOUNT CARMEL - November 27, 2016 ... liturgical year turns its page to a new season- the Season of Advent- which begins this Sunday. We traditionally celebrate our New Year on the 1st of January, but our church calendar actually starts its new year in the evening hour of the last Saturday of the 34th week in Ordinary Time. Prior to this, the reading at Masses were pointed towards the "end times." The readings were ominous in character, apocalyptic, and speak of the end of the world as ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MountCarmel/~3/cXPL6sWRE28/advent-be-vigilant-in-love.html

First Sunday of Advent COUNTERCULTURAL FATHER - November 27, 2016 ... with my position: that Advent should not be seen as the same as Lent. I agree: the two are different. Advent is a time of joyous preparation for the coming of Our Lord (memories of his first coming, and looking forward to his second, of course). But both of these considerations naturally lead us to listen to the words of St John the Baptist: Repent! We think it important to keep our Advent Celebrations quite distinct from our Christmas Celebrations - though ...http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2016/11/first-sunday-of-advent.html

What Are You Doing for Advent? THE WANDERING FRIAR - November 25, 2016 Advent Wreath When Lent begins we often get asked, "What are you doing for Lent?" We respond be telling of the things we are giving up as well as the positive actions we are taken. I would like to suggest that the same question be asked for Advent, though the answer should be much different. In Lent we focus on our personal conversion as ...http://frjohnsblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/what-are-you-doing-for-advent.html

Fast, Pray, Give: Saint Philip's Fast Begins Tomorrow, November 15th FEAR NOT LITTLE FLOCK - November 14, 2016 The Nativity/Christmas Fast begins tomorrow for Byzantine Catholics and Orthodox Christians on the Gregorian and revised Julian calendars. We prepare for the nativity of Our Lord by fasting, praying and almsgiving. it might not feel as rigorous as Great Lent before Pascha (Easter), but we do try and live a quiet, repentant season of preparation and save the Christmas parties for the Christmas season that begins on ...http://remnantofremnant.blogspot.com/2016/11/fast-pray-give-saint-philips-fast.html

Irish Dioceses Mark Conclusion of Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 12, 2016 ... Mercy and to cross its threshold. Crossing the threshold of a Holy Door is a sign of the passage from sin to grace. Irish dioceses embraced the Holy Father's Year of Mercy and offered many opportunities for people to be part of the Jubilee Year and to share what Pope Francis referred to as the 'balm of mercy'. There were celebrations for the '24 Hours for the Lord' in which the faithful had opportunities to avail of the Sacrament of reconciliation anytime during this 24 hour period. Archbishop ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/irish-dioceses-mark-conclusion-of-pope.html

All Souls Day November 2nd BATTLE BEADS BLOG - November 2, 2016 ... largest protestant church to celebrate the holy day. Most protestant denominations do not recognize the holiday and disagree with the theology behind it. According to Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice. The ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2016/11/all-souls-day-november-2nd.html