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Santa Claus offers a surprise in Catholics Come Home's latest ad (Video)

Zenit - Mon, 2014-12-08 05:54
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Advent HOPE, Week 1 Winners!

PCM Province - Mon, 2014-12-08 04:09

Congratulations to the winners from our First week of Advent HOPE.
Julie Ta is the weekly winner for her Picture “Vanity”
We have 2 Honorable Mentions: Scooby Stephen for “Peaceful and Merry” and David Zurenda for “HOPE on the road”
Julie will receive a Carmelite book on spirituality and all three will receive scapulars from the National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, Ill. Who will win next week?!? Keep your pictures coming!

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Vatican Museums in 3D (Video)

Zenit - Sun, 2014-12-07 15:05
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Dec 7, 2014

PCM Province - Sun, 2014-12-07 14:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

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Pope's Video Message to Iraqi Refugees

Zenit - Sun, 2014-12-07 13:46
Here is the Vatican-provided translation of the text of Pope Francis' video message to the Iraqi refugees. The message was brought to Erbil by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, France who was there for a 2-day visit.  * * * I would like to greet each and every one of you, along with Cardinal Phili...

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 7th

Zenit - Sun, 2014-12-07 13:46
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert pro...

Pope Francis: 'Let Yourselves Be Consoled By the Lord'

Zenit - Sun, 2014-12-07 09:11
“Today there is a need for people who are witnesses of the mercy and tenderness of the Lord, which shakes up those who are resigned, revives the discouraged, [and] ignites the fire of hope.” These were the words of Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square today...

On the Lord's Consolation

Zenit - Sun, 2014-12-07 08:48
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, This Sunday marks the second stage of the Time of Advent, a wonderful time that awakens in us the expectation of the return...

Working so the last days of a terminal patient are full of life (Video)

Zenit - Sun, 2014-12-07 06:15
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Second Sunday of Advent, December 7, 2014

PCM Province - Sun, 2014-12-07 06:02


The Little Way of Therese
“The elevator that will raise me to heaven is your arms, O Jesus.” St Therese, Story of a Soul

The Little Way Today
Who have you been meaning to call but haven’t done so yet? Take 5 minutes and do it today.

Picture your Hope this Advent…Win an iPad mini
Download and print this image and take a picture with it in a scene in your life where you encounter HOPE (see example below). Think of it as our own hybrid Carmelite Advent prayer/Flat Stanley project! (No Photoshopping!).

Email your pictures to us at advent2014@carmelites.net or send them via message to our Facebook page (please put the word HOPE in the subject line).
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Here’s what you can win…
Grand Prize: an iPad mini 2 loaded with Therese of Lisieux’s autobiography Story of a Soul (a $315 value).

Second Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of Story of a Soul

Third Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of Story of a Soul
Weekly winners: Will receive books on Carmelite spirituality and scapulars.
Honorable Mentions: Will receive scapulars from the National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, Ill.
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How to Enter
Email your pictures to us at advent2014@carmelites.net or send them via message to our Facebook page (please put the word HOPE in the subject line).* We will post the best pictures on our site and Facebook. Don’t be afraid to get creative about where you find the Hope of Advent in your world; everything is fair game, from a picture of a new born baby or the face of your grandmother to a place where you find great peace. All submissions MUST include either the print out of our HOPE pdf OR a handwritten sign with the word “HOPE” on it. There’s no limit to the number of pictures you can enter.
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Weekly Winners & Grand Prize Winner!
Each week, on the second (Dec 7), third (Dec 14) and fourth (Dec 21) Sundays of Advent, the editors will choose the best (i.e.: most creative/interesting etc) weekly winner as well as up to three honorable mentions.* From December 22-29, we will ask our readers to vote for the Grand Prize Winner from among each week’s winners and honorable mentions (there’s no limit to the number of votes you can cast).

Download the image here, print it out and photograph it in an image of hope you find this Advent.

*All decisions of judges are final.

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December 7, 2014 2nd Sunday of Advent

PCM Province - Sun, 2014-12-07 06:02

Sunday. The person who is committed to prayer is influenced by that relationship to God in every aspect of life. Aspire to a life that is permeated by this prayerful attitude in all that you do.

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2nd Sunday of Advent
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Dec 6, 2014

PCM Province - Sat, 2014-12-06 14:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

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Saturday of the First Week of Advent, December 6, 2014

PCM Province - Sat, 2014-12-06 06:02


The Little Way of Therese
“When we are misunderstood or judged unfavorably, what good does it do to defend ourselves?”

The Little Way Today
Who have you judged unfairly? What can you do to rectify that today?

Picture your Hope this Advent…Win an iPad mini
Download and print this image and take a picture with it in a scene in your life where you encounter HOPE (see example below). Think of it as our own hybrid Carmelite Advent prayer/Flat Stanley project! (No Photoshopping!).

Email your pictures to us at advent2014@carmelites.net or send them via message to our Facebook page (please put the word HOPE in the subject line).
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Here’s what you can win…
Grand Prize: an iPad mini 2 loaded with Therese of Lisieux’s autobiography Story of a Soul (a $315 value).

Second Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of Story of a Soul

Third Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of Story of a Soul
Weekly winners: Will receive books on Carmelite spirituality and scapulars.
Honorable Mentions: Will receive scapulars from the National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, Ill.
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How to Enter
Email your pictures to us at advent2014@carmelites.net or send them via message to our Facebook page (please put the word HOPE in the subject line).* We will post the best pictures on our site and Facebook. Don’t be afraid to get creative about where you find the Hope of Advent in your world; everything is fair game, from a picture of a new born baby or the face of your grandmother to a place where you find great peace. All submissions MUST include either the print out of our HOPE pdf OR a handwritten sign with the word “HOPE” on it. There’s no limit to the number of pictures you can enter.
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Weekly Winners & Grand Prize Winner!
Each week, on the second (Dec 7), third (Dec 14) and fourth (Dec 21) Sundays of Advent, the editors will choose the best (i.e.: most creative/interesting etc) weekly winner as well as up to three honorable mentions.* From December 22-29, we will ask our readers to vote for the Grand Prize Winner from among each week’s winners and honorable mentions (there’s no limit to the number of votes you can cast).

Download the image here, print it out and photograph it in an image of hope you find this Advent.

*All decisions of judges are final.

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December 6, 2014 Saturday in the 1st Week of Advent

PCM Province - Sat, 2014-12-06 06:02

Saturday. John invites us to take great care in choosing our words wisely and encourages us to learn how to listen rather than speak. Take some time today to cultivate silence so you can listen to God’s word uttered in the depth of your heart.

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Saturday in the 1st Week of Advent
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Hallmarks of The Little Way–Part 2 Gospel Holiness

PCM Province - Sat, 2014-12-06 02:29

In Part 2 of Hallmarks of The Little Way Br. Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC, author of “Everything is Grace: the Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux” discusses the difference between holiness and perfection.

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December 5, 2014 Friday in the 1st Week of Advent

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-12-05 22:52

Friday. As Therese, we are called as disciples of Jesus, to that simplicity of life spent in loving God and neighbor. ‘Let go’ of anything that complicates your call to love.

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Friday in the 1st Week of Advent
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Pope Francis listens to first Homily of Advent (Video)

Zenit - Fri, 2014-12-05 19:36
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MashetiMoses: bringing Christian hope through electropop (Video)

Zenit - Fri, 2014-12-05 19:30
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