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HOMILIES ON THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION AS MYSTERY - PDF
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Repent, rejoice, and live
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse. Justice will flourish. A time of hope and encouragement is blossoming in our world. Prepare the way of the Lord! Everything scripture us this week is fresh and budding with possibility. Do we feel it? Are we prepared to be renewed and enlivened, to burst forth with brilliant new life? Some of us are. For some this season poised between two great American holidays is reason enough to revive our spirits. Jingle those bells and sing those carols! Deck the halls . . .
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, December 08, 2013
Preaching the News
» Mexican bishop puts church in fight against drug cartels– When it comes to promoting the justice and peace of God the psalm for this Sunday’s Mass says will be good news for the nations and especially the poor, one Roman Catholic bishop in Mexico is making a personal effort. In what has been the bloodiest year since 1998 for drug violence . . .
» Activists hope to fast-track immigration reform– In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah we hear there is a hope that one day even the wolf and the lamb will live together in peace. Enemies will welcome each other in a new way. Having gone without food for 22 days to pressure leaders of the U.S. House to come together and pass . . .
» U.S. Vatican embassy Rome relo draws criticism– Saint Paul tells the Christians at Rome to "welcome one another . . . as Christ welcomed you." Modern-day Romans will be called on to welcome the staff of the United States embassy to the Holy See after the State Department announced it's moving its Vatican mission into a larger compound . . .
» Note to Yahoos: Did you "get" the memo?– John the Baptist critcized in no uncertain terms the Pharisees and Sadducees who had come to him to be baptized: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” At least he was being clear, which is more than can be . . .
Quote of the Week
“As a friend of mine used to say, you might as well hang a tiny golden gallows or an electric chair around your neck."
—Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on how he believes the cross has been “emptied” of its true meaning by becoming a fashion statement
Source: David Gibson for Religion News Service
Fact of the Week
Though the number of female employees in the U.S. tech industry grew by 35,000 in the year ending last September, women still make up only a quarter of the workforce at major firms like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
There's no "mystery" when it comes to faith and reason
Faith and reason are not at loggerheads, as much modern cultural understanding . . . Read more...