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Skit Guys - Advent Anthem
Last edited 7th December 2014

A powerful call to worship film that will stir the hearts within the Church to celebrate the birth of Christ. Perfect for any time during the Christmas season or at Christmas Eve services.


'Let Yourselves Be Consoled' during Advent, Pope Francis Says
Last edited 7th December 2014

In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked that during Advent the faithful prepare for the Lord’s coming by being open to God’s consolation, which we must receive personally before giving to others.


Mary and Joseph Before the Crèche
Last edited 2nd December 2014

As the Church begins the season of Advent, and Catholics repeat the familiar ritual of setting up their crèches, the humble figures of Mary and Joseph kneeling before the empty manger remind us of God’s desire to entrust his only Son to two human beings, a woman and a man, wife and husband.

Happy New Church Year - First Sunday of Advent!
Last edited 30th November 2014

Happy New Year - did you know that the Church year begins on the First Sunday of Advent? As we prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth, let us try and have a spirit of longing for Jesus. Watch this video reflection for more.

A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings
Last edited 23rd November 2014

There’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin.


When Things Don’t Get Better: Finding God in Unhappiness
Last edited 19th November 2014

Unhappiness is a cross. It makes us feel inadequate. It robs us of our awe and wonder at the beautiful life God has blessed us with. Often, the things that leave us feeling this way are out of control, fueled by our deepest doubts and fears. How we react to such things, however, is completely up to us. We can approach lack of joy as a curse and allow it to plunge us deeper into the darkness. Or we can seek purpose in our suffering and reach toward God’s light, trusting it’s there even if we can’t see it.

One Step Short of Heaven: Reflection on Purgatory
Last edited 19th November 2014

November is dedicated to praying for the Souls in Purgatory. Do you know what Purgatory really is? Remember, the Holy Souls in Purgatory are just one step short of Heaven - and they are counting on our prayers to get them there. Watch this video for more.

Persecuted Christians and the Hope of Advent - Podcast with Bishop Peter Comensoli
Last edited 5th December 2014

It has been a difficult year for Christians around the world, with the latest report showing that there are more Christians being persecuted for their faith than any other religion in our modern world. From the Middle East, to Africa, to regions of Africa such as Pakistan and India, many Christians are unable to celebrate the great feast of Christmas in freedom.


Great Typographic Designs of Bible Verses and Lines from Hymns
Last edited 18th November 2014

Typographic Verses is a website run by Jonathan Ogden (@ogvidius) as a place to share great typographic designs of Bible verses and lines from hymns. Designs are done by Jonathan Ogden and also submissions from guest designers (which are all credited in the description).


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary - Podcast with Jovina James
Last edited 18th November 2014

Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary! It is important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived "by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain.


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