First Sunday of Advent Hymn Meditation

“Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear…” This Advent hymn truly captures, with both words and its fittingly wandering tune, the sense of longing that is at the root of the season. After centuries of waiting, the people of God are about to experience a miracle and have their lives changed, irrevocably and forever. We don’t see waiting as positive, do we? When we wait in line at a shop, when we wait for someone to come visit, when we wait for a paycheck to arrive—all… Continue Reading

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Bishops of York Minster from 314 AD

York Minster Cathedral. So RICH in history. Behind me is a statue of Constantine who was proclaimed emperor IN YORK in the year 306. In 313 he legalized Christianity and a Roman basilica built. As you can see in the second picture, in 314 the FIRST BISHOP of York was instated just a year later. Look over that list of bishops. They were all CATHOLIC bishops and in 732 ARCHbishops up until 1514 with Thomas Wolsey, the poor man that was unable to get King Henry VIII an an…nulment of his marriage from the Pope and was killed. Every name… Continue Reading

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St. Augustine Confounds the Demon

Cool story. I especially like the picture depicting that a demon speaks out of his ass. I love a gutsy artist! Once, when St Augustine was reading, he saw a demon pass before him carrying a book on its shoulders. He at once commanded it to show him what lay written therein. And the demon said that the sins of men were written therein, which it had gathered from all parts and put down in it. The saint ordered the demon to let him read the book, to see if any of his own sins were written down in it.… Continue Reading

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Why You Shouldn’t Name Your Guardian Angel – and 9 other fascinating facts about angels that will “blow your mind.”

The Church has very few official teachings on angels (CCC 328-336, 391-395). However, theologians have come to a consensus on certain topics relating to the angels. Most of these teachings come from St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as St. Bonaventure, and Dionysius. Below are some of the most mind-blowing things we know about angels. 1. THEY EXIST The very fact that they exist should blow your mind. There are a multitude of TV shows that search for ghosts (spirits without bodies), but Catholics have as an article of Faith the teaching that Angels (pure spirits) exist. But, is it logical… Continue Reading

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Jesus Rose On the Third Day?

A good friend asked why we say Jesus rose “on the third day” when the number of days between Friday and Sunday is actually two. It’s a very reasonable question, which has many (if not most) people today scratching their heads, so here’s the explanation. In Jesus’ day, the Jewish reckoning of time was different to the Romans’/our reckoning. Firstly, per Jewish custom, a day — as in a 24-hour cycle — was considered to be the period from nightfall to nightfall, that is, from 6 pm to 6 pm, not from midnight to midnight. This practice of viewing the… Continue Reading

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Our Lady of Lourdes

OUR LADY OF LOURDES (1858) Feast of the Church But some may say, “Why pray to Mary at ALL?” Our answer is found in scripture. Listen to a 2 min. explanation with many references to scripture at: https://donnacorigibson.com/OurCatholicFaith.html TRACK #6 Even more cool, hear the aplogetics SUNG in this catchy song: https://donnacorigibson.com/OurCatholicFaith.html TRACK #7 Share these with your friends. They’ll be glad you did. Back to Lourdes… In the fourth year after the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, when a certain girl named Bernadette asserted that she had seen the Immaculate Mother of God many times in… Continue Reading

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A Divine Mystery for Each Month and Day

I always found this to be so interesting, how the Church dedicates a different Mystery of the Faith to each day of the week and month of the year.  Here are some traditional devotions: January – The Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Family and the Childhood of JesusFebruary – The Passion of Our Lord (Lent, you know) March – St. Joseph April – The Holy Eucharist May – Our Lady June – The Sacred Heart July – The Most Precious Blood August – The Queen of Angels and Saints September – Our Lady of Sorrows October – The Most… Continue Reading