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    Introduction to Mass: Today is the Third Sunday of Advent or Gaudete Sunday. We are half way through Advent; and so, the Church calls us to rejoice in the fact that we are two weeks away from Christmas. Homily: As we know, Advent is a season of waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. In this special time in our liturgies we see different people who were preparing for Messiah’s coming. The Church shows us them as examples and we are invited to follow them. However I think that the most important figure in the first part of Advent is John the Baptist. We have listed about him since the beginning of Advent and his example shows us three important stages of the advent journey. The stages which when are present in our spiritual…

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    world. Jesus Messiah has brought us joy, and invites us to be in a state rejoicing. The joy that he has given us cannot be overshadowed by the darkness of our world and circumstances. We can rejoice in the middle of all our troubles, this sound oxymoron, but it is true this is the promise of God. This why we rejoice at the coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah, because he is our joy. Do you hear what Isaiah is saying? This message will transform the world, and it will transform your world. Jesus…

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    I decorated our house for the Advent Season. No big deal? Maybe for you. For me, this means a lot because I haven’t put Christmas trimmings in our house for a long, long time. Maybe because I was so immersed in my troubles that I had forgotten how to celebrate Christmas. Or maybe, I felt so miserable that I failed to see the hope Christmas brings to our hearts... One day, my eldest son told me that he is not going to mass anymore. Stunned, I demanded for an explanation. He retorted,…

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    The Origin Of Carols

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    Carols originated in Europe as pagan songs sung by at Winter solstice celebrations. The word carol itself means song of praise or dance, or singing of joy. Carols at one time were written for all season and times, but the tradition of singing them at Christmas has remained. Christians took over these pagan celebrations and made up their own Christian songs to sing as a substitute. Yet these first carols were all written, and sung in Latin. Latin at that time was a language not known by most…

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    he Future is determined by one’s action in the present, So when given a chance to look at the future, people will want to come back to the present, and change their actions for a better future. In the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Scrooge, the main character, is a wicked and grumpy man to start with. As four ghost visits him, with the ghost of future as the most influential, Scrooge becomes a caring, joyful man. While the all the ghosts are important in the development of…

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    The Advent of Peach People—The New Minority within the Majority In an article by Verysmartbrothas.com author Damon Young, titled “I Will Never Underestimate White Peoples Need to Preserve Whiteness Again,” Young discusses the inability of whites to “votes against their self-interest”—the preservation of “White Power.” Damon Young’s feature piece does what all journalistic mediums seems to do and generalizes a people as Donald Trump supporting Republicans. The feature neglects to mention…

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    In both story’s, ‘’Home’’ and ‘’Abuela Invents the Zero,’’ is about Constancia which comes from the story “Abuela Invents the Zero,’’ and Seryozha that comes from the other story ‘’Home.’’ My thesis statement introduction, is that in both story’s “Home’’ and “Abuela Invents the Zero,’’ help me in my personal life because in the story “Home’’ shows that Seryozha had been doing bad sins during his early age of life. In the story it shows that Seryozha had been ‘’smoking, stealing, and lying’’ to…

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    innocents on the 28th of December and Ephaniny and the feast of St Nicholas was on the 6 of December which was linked to gift giving. Christmas was preceded by a month of fasting in the season of advent. Advent was a time at Christmas where you could only do certain things: you had to fast for three days a week, these were also known as Ember days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) you were only allowed to eat one meal a day which was either fish or vegetables.…

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    This is true of the light that we read in this passage. The light has shined in the darkness of these people’s lives. And the darkness of this world will not be able to contain the light. Dietrich Bohoeffer, one of the greatest theologians of the 19th century writes, “A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes - and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.” In his quote, Bonhoeffer captures the meaning of…

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    Both Theodore Rabb and Elizabeth Eisenstein raise valid arguments. Personally, I think Theodore Rabb’s argument was more persuasive. Standing alone, Eisenstein’s argument appeared very strong but once it was criticized by Rabb pieces of her argument began to fall apart. For instance, Eisenstein claimed that the Scientific Revolution could be directly attributed to the printing press, while I agree this certainly helped, I am not so sure that it was as major of a factor as she claimed.…

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