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How to Get the Gaudete (Joy) Out of Advent

How to Get the Gaudete (Joy) Out of Advent

Can you believe we just lit the pink candle and it’s already the third week of Advent? Advent, of course, means “coming.” It’s a time set aside for the Bride (the Church) to prepare herself for the coming of the Bridegroom (Christ). The cause of the Church’s joy on...

What Is the Church Really Saying with Advent?

What Is the Church Really Saying with Advent?

The Advent season — and the Third Sunday of Advent, or Rejoicing Sunday, in particular! — is both a joyful and a difficult season, a season of preparing for the Coming of the Lord. “Prepare the way of the Lord!” St. John the Baptist cries out in...

‘The End Is Near’

‘The End Is Near’

How many times have we seen a movie or a TV show with the iconic “crazy” person on a street corner wearing a placard with “The End is Near” scribbled on it? And how many times have we quickly dismissed that person as extreme, ludicrous, ultimately sad? But have you...

Three Favorite Quotes from Father Raneiro Cantalamessa

Three Favorite Quotes from Father Raneiro Cantalamessa

I have long admired the insights of the papal preacher Father Raneiro Cantalamessa, who will be made a cardinal this Saturday, Nov. 28. Here are three of my favorite quotes from him: “I do not need to look outside myself for proof that God loves me; I, myself, am...

Meeting Pope John Paul II

Meeting Pope John Paul II

[NOTE: As we honor the Feast of St. John Paul II on October 22, TOB Institute's Bill Donaghy remembers when he met Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee Year 2000.] In October of the Jubilee Year 2000, a World Mission Congress was held in Rome. Hundreds of missionaries...

Saints Joachim and Anne: The Icon of Marital Love

Saints Joachim and Anne: The Icon of Marital Love

Several years ago, while a Byzantine Catholic priest was giving me a tour of his church, I spotted a large, prominent icon of a couple embracing. Looking closer, I realized there was a marriage bed behind them. It was clear that this was a beautifully chaste portrayal...

The Rosary and the Theology of the Body

The Rosary and the Theology of the Body

Many who are familiar with Theology of the Body (TOB) know that St. John Paul II identified the problem with the modern world as a fundamental lack of understanding of the meaning and purpose of the human person. Said differently, if we don’t know who we are and why...

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