December 2012

January 1 is an important day in the Church’s liturgy. There is a lot that we commemorate on this day! What we are celebrating, and why we are celebrating it now, can be a little confusing. Here are nine things you should know . . .   1. What exactly are we celebrating on January 1? According […]

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This Sunday we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Family. What was it like for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to live together? Each is a very remarkable person! Put all three together and . . . wow. Today we have reality shows about interesting and extraordinary families, but they didn’t have reality shows back then. […]

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On December 28, the Church commemorates the slaughter of the holy innocents. These are the baby boys in Bethlehem that Herod the Great had slaughtered in an attempt to kill the Baby Jesus. But many people today challenge the idea that this ever took place. “We have no record of it!” they say. Actually, we […]

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If you attended Mass on Christmas Eve, you may have heard the “Christmas proclamation.” This is a beautiful, poetic announcement of the birth of Christ. It says when Jesus was born, dating it from nine different events. But the ways that they dated events in the ancient world are different than the ones we use […]

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This version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 13 December 2012 – 21 December 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Index of Source Links List of direct document links on Vatican.va used. Angelus 16 December 2012 General Audiences […]

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There’s a lot of confusion about Christmas. Is it a day? Is it a season? Is it based on a pagan holiday? What is its real meaning? Here are 9 things you should know about Christmas . . .   1. What is “the real meaning of Christmas”? Although many voices in pop culture suggest […]

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Well, the Mayan apocalypse is almost here. We’re right up to 12/21/12, the day that New Agers across the planet have been waiting for. Perhaps you know someone who is into the “2012 phenomenon”–or perhaps you’re curious what all the hubbub is about. Here’s a story that will put things in perspective. . . . […]

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Pope Benedict has just released a new book about Jesus Christ. It’s appropriate that he released it now–just before Christmas–because it deals with the birth of Jesus. It’s called Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives. Here are 9 things you should know about it . . .   1. Why did Pope Benedict write this […]

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Recently we looked at the claim that Mark derived the information in his Gospel from St. Peter. This claim dates to a first century source: a figure called “John the Presbyter,” who was a disciple of Jesus. According to some in the early Church–and according to Pope Benedict–we may have already met this mysterious figure […]

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It is traditionally held that Mark wrote his gospel based on information he learned from St. Peter, after having been his travelling companion. Where does this claim come from? And would it surprise you to know that we have a first century source that claims precisely this? Here’s the story . . .   What We […]

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