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Advent
For each day of Advent, we offer reflections from The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Thérèse of LisieuxClick here to go to the main calendar page. You can also use the link in the upper right corner of this column.
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Advent Catholic Treasures
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Advent key figure #1: the Blessed Virgin Mary
Advent key figure #2: St. John the Baptist
How do we get from the First Sunday of Advent to Christmas without detouring into the traffic-jammed regions of Distraction, Frustration or All-out Anxiety? Gloria Hutchinson assures us that if we "walk mindfully, taking one Scripture-formed step at a time, we can get there from here in a spirit of calm readiness and joyful anticipation." These Day-by-day Advent Reflections can help to sharpen our awareness and bring a reflective calm into a hectic season.
The celebration of Christmas is not a sentimental waiting for a baby to be born, but much more an asking for history to be born, according to Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, author of Preparing for Christmas With Richard Rohr: Daily Meditations for Advent. Catholics, he says, do the gospels no favor when making Jesus, the eternal Christ, into a perpetual baby, a baby able to ask for little or no adult response.






Hilarion: Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace. He had reached such fame by the time of his death that his body had to be secretly removed so that a shrine would not be built in his honor. Instead, he was buried in his home village. 
<p>St. Hilarion the Great, as he is sometimes called, was born in Palestine. After his conversion to Christianity he spent some time with St. Anthony of Egypt, another holy man drawn to solitude. Hilarion lived a life of hardship and simplicity in the desert, where he also experienced spiritual dryness that included temptations to despair. At the same time, miracles were attributed to him. </p><p>As his fame grew, a small group of disciples wanted to follow Hilarion. He began a series of journeys to find a place where he could live away from the world. He finally settled on Cyprus, where he died in 371 at about age 80. </p><p>Hilarion is celebrated as the founder of monasticism in Palestine. Much of his fame flows from the biography of him written by St. Jerome.</p> American Catholic Blog Therefore if any thought agitates you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives you peace, being the Spirit of Peace, but from the devil.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Godparents
For the one to be baptized, godparents represent the Christian Catholic community, the Church.
Birthday
You have the heart and soul of a child of God, no matter how long you've been around.
World Mission Sunday
The Church in North America sprang from the blood of martyrs such as this missionary and his companions.
St. Luke
Author of two books of the New Testament, this Evangelist’s primary audience was Gentile Christians like himself.
St. Gerard Majella
Many expectant mothers are comforted by the assurance of this saint’s prayers of intercession.



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