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(Jn 20:6-8):
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.

Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.

Facebook, being themselves, censored an image of Santa kneeling before baby Jesus. Are you still supporting (by using) Facebook?

(Mt 10:22):
You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

May the Lord grant you His blessings of Peace and Joy this Christmas!

(Jn 1:1-5):
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

(Lk 1:78-79):
In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace."

(Lk 1:43-45):
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

(Lk 1:46-48):
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

Just how much clerical corruption and infidelity in the Church is too much?

For the faithful Catholic, there is no limit. We will suffer mightily indeed -- but this is the Church instituted by Christ for us. Through it, even wounded as it is, we find Him.

We do NOT accept the failures one iota. They are shameful and must be corrected, but we are blessed to be here and will not abandon this race.

Crisis Magazine has a good piece on this topic:

(Lk 1:41-42):
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

(Lk 1:28):
And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."

Matthew Archbold noted this video over at the National Catholic Register (that's REGISTER = good, not the "Reporter" = BAD).

It's about the Apollo moon shot on Christmas Eve 50 years ago (1968):

(Lk 1:18-20):
Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”

And the angel said to him in reply, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”

(Mt 1:20-21):
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.

She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

(Mt 1:16-17):
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

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