Great Days of Advent – Christmas Eve

Reflection: I want people to know that you, the young men and women, are not afraid to believe in the good news of God’s mercy, because it has a name and a face: Jesus Christ. As messengers of this good news, you are ready to bring a word of hope
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Great Days of Advent – December 23

Reflection: I entrust you to Mary of Nazareth, a young person like yourselves, whom God beheld lovingly, so she might take your hand and guide you to the joy of fully and generously responding to God’s call with the words: “Here I am” (Luke 1:38). (Pope Francis) Prayer: O Emmanuel,
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Great Days of Advent – December 22

Reflection: The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls. St. Benedict urged the abbots to consult, even the young,
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Great Days of Advent – December 21

Reflection: A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. (Pope
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Great Days of Advent – December 20

Reflection: In Krakow, at the opening of the last World Youth Day, I asked you several times: “Can we change things?” And you shouted: “yes!”. That shout came from your young and youthful hearts, which do not tolerate injustice and cannot bow to a “throw-away culture” nor give in to
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Great Days of Advent – December 19th

Reflection: When God said to Abram, “Go!”, what did he want to say? He certainly did not say to distance himself from his family or withdraw from the world. Abram received a compelling invitation, a challenge, to leave everything and go to a new land. What is this “new land”
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Great Days of Advent – December 18th

Reflection: I am reminded of the words which God spoke to Abraham: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12.1). These words are now also addressed to you. They are words of a Father who invites you
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Great Days of Advent – December 17th

These last days of Advent are traditionally known as the Great Days of Advent.  Each day has a prayer known as an “O Antiphon,” which is a based on a title of the Messiah given in Scriptures. We’d like to invite you to spend a moment during each of the
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 1841 Turin, Italy This morning, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. A young man walked into the sacristy. He did not belong there. The sacristan thought the young man was there to serve Mass, but he had no idea what the man was talking about.
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Novena honoring Mary Help of Christians – Day 8

“The fullness of love in all the mothers of this earth could never equal the love Mary has for each one of us.” (Don Bosco) Prayer: Dear Mother, teach us your own special love for the little ones and the poor, for the excluded and those who suffer, for sinners
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