Anastasia of Sirmium: The Patron Saint of Christmas

Possibly martyred under Diocletian at Sirmium in Pannonia, she is commemorated at the second mass of Christmas.
~ John Coulson

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St. Edmund Campion and the Advent of Advent

Proclaim the good news among the nations: Our God will come to save us.

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Joy in Parentheses

In the economy of His grace, you may be sharing His gifts with someone you will never know until you get to heaven.
 ~ Thomas Merton, OCSO

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A Radical Preference for Heavenly Treasure: St. Dominic Loricatus

All things are possible for God (Mk 10.27).

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Preaching With His Life: Bl. Pierre Bonhomme (1803-1861)

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing (Is 35.5-6).

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A Plethora of Percys: On Fidelity to Christ and Ecclesial Coherence

I like the idea of being a descendant of the Northumberland Percys because they were recusants and a couple of them lost their heads as martyrs.
~ Walker Percy

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Becoming Fuel for Fire: St. Sebald and Eucharistic Transformation

So Sebald turned to the housewife and asked her to bring in a bundle of the long icicles hanging from the eaves. This she did, Sebald threw them on the fire, and they blazed up merrily.
~ Rev. Alban Butler

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What God Can Do with Our Measly Loaves and Fishes: King St. Olaf (d. 1030)

A man’s faith is put to the test on the day God’s will is not his.
~ Sigrid Undset

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The Childlike Appeal of Murder Mysteries

There is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.
~ G.K. Chesterton

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A Bibliochaotic Encounter with 3 Celtic “M” Saints

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There is nothing Celtic about having legends.
It is merely human.
~ G.K. Chesterton

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