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Entering into the Mystery of Incarnation – December 2014

Entering into the Mystery of Incarnation – December 2014

The Gabriel Project

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The Gabriel Project is a national program endorsed by the US Catholic Conference of Bishops as an important pro-life parish activity that lends spiritual, emotional, and practical support to pregnant women in crisis. On a parish-by-parish basis, women join together to offer spiritual, emotional, and practical support, including help with rent, clothing, reconciliation with family members, and parenting skills.
 
As volunteers and new mothers work together to address the difficulties the women face, they enter more deeply into the mystery of love and reassurance expressed by the Angel Gabriel when visiting a very young woman who would become the Mother of God.
 
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Creating - Celebrating Incarnation


Angels We Have Heard On High - The Piano Guys

 


Mary Did You Know? - Pentatonix (Official video)

Liturgy: Collect of the Mass at Dawn

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, as we are bathed in the new radiance of your incarnate Word,
the light of faith, which illumines our minds,
may also shine through in our deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

+Amen

Ask Theologika

Holy Virgin Mary with Christ Child

Dear Theologika,

In the new translation of the Nicene Creed at Mass we say that Word of God “became incarnate of the virgin Mary.” What does “incarnate” or “incarnation” mean?

Puzzled

Dear Puzzled,

The answer to your question is laid out in two passages from Scripture. The  prologue of St. John’s Gospel and the opening of St. Luke’s Gospel.

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Spirituality in Daily Living: Las Posadas

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In Mexico, Central America, and Mexican-American culture, it is customary to prepare for Christmas through nine days of celebration known as Las Posadas, literally, "the inns" or "the lodgings". A girl and a boy, dressed as Mary and Joseph, go with family and friends from house to house for nine days in a row, singing and asking for shelter. This celebration reminds all who share in it that the stranger we meet on the streets or who comes to our door may be a visitor from God who will touch our hearts and lives.

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Revolución de la Ternura

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Mariano Delgado, Miembro de la Academia Europea de las Ciencias y de las Artes ha escrito un comentario sobre la Exhortación Apostólica del Santo Papa Francisco, La Alegría del Evangelio. El tema del comentario es el sueño del Papa de que comprendiéramos la encarnación del Hijo de Dios como una invitación a “la revolución de la ternura”.
 
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Praying with Our Holy Father

General Intention: That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.

Evangelization: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

 

Living in Faith

_... the smallest details of creation - Mechtild of Hackeborn

Growing in Faith: Incarnation and the Pastoral Mystery

 

Originally published October 1, 2012 under Standard YouTube license.

Pope Francis: Grace cannot be packaged and controlled

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Pope Francis, in his homily on December 11, 2014, described God’s grace as God’s closeness to us and loving attention. It is like a mother’s closeness to her child. God’s love is free. However to be safe we are tempted to turn it into a type of merchandise, to become a sort of bookkeeper.

The Pope states his main point very clearly. “If, in your relationship with the Lord, you do not feel that He loves you tenderly, you are missing something, you still have not understood what grace is, you  have not yet received grace which is this closeness.” Referring to St. Paul, the Pope says that there is nothing we can do to make ourselves right with God except to accept the tenderness of God’s love and live freely and happily in that love.

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Why Does Incarnation Matter?

Christ the Savior - Pantocrator

“Incarnation” literally means “to put into flesh.” Dr. Susan Mahan explains that in the case of Christ, the concept points to the different ways a sacred being can be present in the world. Christ is present in a unique way, as truly human and truly divine.

Just for fun

Try your hand at this puzzle.

Incarnation puzzle

For the answers, click here.

Looking Ahead - Epiphany!

Rosca de Reyes 2014

The Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, is traditionally celebrated on January 6 in western Christian Churches. Rosca de Reyes or Roscón de Reyes (King’s Bread) is a traditional pastry served on the Feast of the Epiphany.

Here's a recipe for Rosca de Reyes for those who like to bake and would like to try a special treat. 

 

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