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Retreat: Walk with Mary through Advent Season

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s Advent Weekend Retreat entitled “Walking with Mary through the Advent Season” will be held on Dec. 19-21.

Advent’s challenge: Do we really await the coming of Jesus?

This Sunday marks the start of Advent, the season when we anticipate the coming of Jesus. But what kind of world is waiting for him with baited breath?

Poems to get us ready for Christmas

The Christmas marketing machine is starting to turn. The radio already has Christmas songs playing and the displays are coming out.

The First Advent

So often we speak of the Incarnation and the Incarnate Word, but I wonder about Incarnating.

A dream born…in the nightmare

As I prepared to speak on another Advent Sunday, I cannot believe the similarities of agony and suffering that is told in the passages I was reading and then turning on the news and watching unfold in Connecticut. The beginning of God's reign on earth was in the midst of bloodshed and evil visited upon the most vulnerable and innocent among us: children.

The Advent Conspiracy is neither Advent nor a conspiracy

I love the four tenets of the Advent Conspiracy campaign: worship fully, spend less, give more, love all. I am glad to know that a new global network of amazing and helpful projects has sprung up because of the generosity of Christians.

Cupich to lead Advent Day of Prayer

CANCELLED: Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will be hosting an Advent Day of Prayer, "The Timeless and the Bread of Heaven" led by Bishop Blase Cupich, on Dec. 5.

According to a press release, Cupich will lead participants in two conferences reflecting on the meaning of time, the beginning of the church year, for people who live with the timeless in their hearts and who feast on bread from heaven.

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