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St. Rufus

St. Rufus Feastday: December 18 Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch...

St. Rufus Feastday: December 18 Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor...

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St. Rufus

Daily Gospel – MT 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David,...

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father...

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Daily Gospel – MT 1:1-17

Daily Gospel – MT 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:...

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go...

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Daily Gospel – MT 21:28-32

Daily Gospel – MT 21:23-27

When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and...

When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you...

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Daily Gospel – MT 21:23-27

St. John of the Cross

Born in Spain in 1542, John learned the importance of self-sacrificing love from his parents. His...

Born in Spain in 1542, John learned the importance of self-sacrificing love from his parents. His father gave up wealth, status, and comfort when he married a weaver’s daughter and was disowned by his...

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St. John of the Cross

Vatican’s Nativity scene

The custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes...

The custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the first Christmas creche or manger scene for Christmas...

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Vatican’s Nativity scene

Daily Gospel – JN 1:6-8, 19-28

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony,...

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but...

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Daily Gospel – JN 1:6-8, 19-28

Yule Log

The yule log is associated with the winter solstice, which occurs every...

The yule log is associated with the winter solstice, which occurs every year about December 21. “Solstice” comes from two Latin words which means “the sun stands still.” After appearing...

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Yule Log

St. Lucy

Lucy’s name means “light”, with the same root as “lucid” which means...

Lucy’s name means “light”, with the same root as “lucid” which means “clear, radiant, understandable.” Unfortunately for us, Lucy’s history does not match her name. Shrouded in the darkness of...

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St. Lucy

Bishop’s wine

Today is the feast of St. Lucy. In Sweden and other Nordic...

Today is the feast of St. Lucy. In Sweden and other Nordic countries, this special feast often calls for a popular drink named glogg, a mixture of red wine, spiced...

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Bishop’s wine