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Captivated by the Master: A Theological Consideration of Jesus Christ

Theologian Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P. brings enlightenment and consolation to the faithful with this concise yet powerful summary of the teachings…

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Livestream Now from Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle

Livestream Now from Blessed Sacrament Church in SeattleWe are pleased to announced that our Sunday Mass Livestream at 9:30am PDT will now be…

Br. John Winkowitsch, O.P., to profess Solemn Vows

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusjoyfully announce theSolemn Profession of their Brother John Winkowitsch,…

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Truth in 60 Now Available on YouTube

The Western Dominican Province has a new way to learn about the Truth, Goodness and Beauty of the Catholic Faith – the Truth in 60 series.Presented…

The Beauty of the Vow of Chastity

I love the vow of chastity! Yes, you heard me right. I, a twenty-four-year-old male, who grew up in the hyper-sexualized culture of twenty-first…

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The Night is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Psalm 130:6-7 “My soul looks for the Lordmore than sentinels for daybreak.More than sentinels for daybreak,let Israel hope in the Lord,For with…

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The Ark of your Might

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima. All such apparitions are judged the way we judge any private revelation, namely,…

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Dead Man Walking!

Readings: John 12: 24-26 | Phil 3: 8-14There was a morbid custom in parts of the American prison system before the 1960s: as a man condemned…

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Alone?

I am always fascinated by flying. It is remarkable how many people and systems have to work together in order to allow travelers to go from one…

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We Shall Reap Our Harvest

When I was growing up, my family kept a garden. There would be a certain day in the mid-spring, a warm and dry day, when we’d start the work…

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The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for His Sheep

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is a global tragedy. It has been heartbreaking to hear news of many dying weekly. However, I…

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Solemn Vows 2020

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusjoyfully announce theSolemn Profession of their BrothersJoshua Gatus, O.P.Joseph…

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Pandemic Reflections

This has certainly been a strange and disturbing few weeks we have lived through, with practically our entire world going into shelter-in-place…

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A Short History and Theology of Spiritual Communion

With many facing limited or no access to the Eucharist, the practice of making a Spiritual Communion is becoming increasingly known. But what…

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Praying in the Dark

A few people have told me that it’s easier for them to pray in the dark than in the light. So why is that? C.S. Lewis inquires, “Why must holy…

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Special Mass for COVID-19 Intentions on April 6th

On April 6th, Fr. James Moore, O.P., will be celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for you, your loved ones, anyone who is sick or has died…

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Sacred Study in a Time of Isolation

Throughout the world people are on lockdown, confined to their homes, with their lives put on hold until the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Along with…

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Is repentance an archaic response to Coronavirus?

When illness or plague struck Christian or Jewish people in the past, their two-pronged reaction was 1) to cure or flee from it, and 2) to repent…

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SUNDAY MASS LIVESTREAM: March 22, 9:30am PDT

SUNDAY MASS LIVESTREAM: March 22, 9:30am PDTSunday Mass will again be livestreamed from St. Albert the Great Priory Chapel at 9:30am PDT, Sunday,…

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What Is Man That You Should Care for Him?

The Catholic Church has a very exalted view of human nature. The creation narrative in the book of Genesis reveals the powerful Word with which…

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Persevere in the Race

St. Paul famously likens perseverance in the ‘race’ towards heavenly glory to athletes who train their bodies for competitions in his 1st letter…

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Lenten Aspirations

The season of Lent is underway! This time of preparation for Easter gives us an opportunity to reexamine and refocus our spiritual lives. We…

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The Gift of Understanding: Loving our Enemies

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit originate from the Latin Vulgate of Isaiah 11:2-3, where the prophet lists the qualities of the “Spirit of…

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God Around the Corner

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.” (Ps 89:15)You don’t need special training to…

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Jordan the Magnanimous

Tomorrow is the feast of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, the second Master of the Order of Preachers and the successor of our Holy Father St. Dominic.…

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The Lord Works in Everyday Circumstances

I recently recovered from a cold. It began gradually. I noticed that my throat hurt a little with every swallow. I thought to myself, “I’ve had…

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Walk for Life West Coast 2020

Our friars and sisters walked together this year in witness to the dignity of every human life, especially those of the most vulnerable in the…

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Ask!

“Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.’”…

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The Mercy of God

I have been thinking about mercy lately. Mercy is something so fundamental to our Christian faith, and yet it seems to be so elusive. It’s not…

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Seattle’s New Recording of Liturgical Music

At the beginning of this year, over twenty musicians — including Dominican friars from three different provinces — convened at Blessed Sacrament…

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'Does Freewill Exist?' Lecture by Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P.

Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P., to hold lecture at U.C. Santa Barbara at 6:30pm on February 18, 2020.

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An Epiphany of Love

They shall bring gold and frankincense,and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD. (Is 60:6)This verse is found at the end of our first reading…

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You Could Die Tomorrow

When will I die, and how? Will it be at the ripe old age of ninety after I’ve lived a full life? Will it be painless? What if I die tomorrow…

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DSPT Convocation of the College of Fellows

How can Catholics evangelize in a culture that calls moral convictions “hate speech” and “intolerance?” Please join us for this important day…

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Reflections for the New Year

It’s fitting that we celebrate January 1st as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In her essay The Mystery of Christmas, the philosopher and…

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Christmas in New York

On my first visit to New York City, I had the pleasure of being among the many tourists who flock to Manhattan for the holiday season. New York…

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O Antiphons

Today, the Church begins to sing the seven, so-called “O Antiphons.” Dating from the early Church, these antiphons are sung at Mass and Evening…

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Loving God as a Habit

I vaguely remember, as a child, being so proud of the fact that I could tie my shoes. I consciously thought through what my fingers were doing…

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Advent’s Pregnant Pause

Advent has begun!We’ve entered into a pregnant pause. The hope of the world—of our lives—is imminent ! The canticles of Zechariah, Simeon, and…

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Thanksgiving and Surrender to Divine Providence

While millions of Americans gather to give thanks to God for blessings given throughout the year, to many of us, it might be a difficult time…

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Reflections of Entering Religious Life

Every year several young men from all over the country visit St. Albert’s Priory for a Come and See weekend. I will never forget my first visit…

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St. Cyril and the Eucharist

St. Cyril of Alexandria lived between c. 378-444 AD and was the Patriarch (Archbishop) of Alexandria during a very turbulent time in the Church.…

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Western Dominican Province Releases New Mobile App

OAKLAND, CA – The Western Dominican Province, a province of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans), announced today the release of a new mobile…

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An Instrument of God’s Healing

What are comforting words you would give to a couple burying their only child? How would you explain why—after trying to have children for many…

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Fear of the Lord

In contemporary public discourse we hear much about “fear,” often with a negative connotation. We hear about “fear based politics,” “fear-mongering,”…

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Praising God

We Catholics praise God. We, as His creatures praise God for many reasons. We praise God to thank Him, to adore Him, and to glorify Him. Praise…

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Did Jesus Have Siblings?

One day, during my childhood, my mother and I were attending daily Mass. During the Gospel reading the priest proclaimed a passage from Matthew…

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Leaving Home

Introduction: In July 2019, the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) held a General Chapter in Vietnam. A very democratic process, a General Chapter…

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Doctrine for the Thirsty Soul

Theology can seem far removed from our spiritual life—a cold, dry, clinical exercise—like studying botany textbooks compared to gardening. Theologians…

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Ad Ministerium

The diaconate is one of the most ancient offices of the Church, dating all the way back to the time of the Apostles. The Church has always recognized…

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By the Grace of God

One of the biggest difficulties about wearing a white habit is that it is absolutely impossible to keep spotless. In a way, being a sinful, concupiscent…

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Another Year Begins in the ‘School of Perfection’

Here at the house of studies, St. Albert’s Priory, we have started another academic year! Late summer and early fall are always times of transition…

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Novice Class of 2019-2020

On August 29th, four men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices. Blessed with different…

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Diaconate Ordination 2019

Diaconate OrdinationThe Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Ordination of their BrotherGregory…

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Take the Novice Prayer Pledge

On Thursday August 29th at 7:30pm, in a beautiful ceremony called Vestition, the four young men below will join the Dominicans; receiving the…

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St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center to Install New Crucifix

Today, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center will install as their main cross above the altar a replica of the original Cross of the…

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"The Decalogue Decoded" Now Available

Fr. Brian Mullady discusses his most recent book, The Decalogue Decoded on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa. Watch it on YouTube here.For a full…

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First Vows 2019

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusand the Vietnamese Vicariate of Saint Vincent Liem cordially invite you to…

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Funeral Mass for Bishop Robert Christian, O.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our brother, The Most Rev. Robert Christian, O.P., Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, who died on Thursday,…

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New Master of the Order Elected

Congratulations to Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, O.P., who was elected by the General Chapter in Vietnam as the 87th successor of St. Dominic…

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Bishop Robert Christian, O.P.

This morning, the Dominican friars of the Western Province learned of the passing of their brother, Robert Francis Christian, O.P., Auxiliary…

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Wise and Compassionate

Matthew 25:1-12 tells the parable of the ten bridesmaids who went to meet the bridegroom’s wedding feast. Five wise virgins brought extra oil…

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Dominicans Appoint New Director of Vocations

Fr. John Marie Bingham, O.P. grew up as the son of an Episcopal priest in Augusta, GA. After his family’s conversion to the Catholic Church in…

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Residency Year

At this point in the academic year, I am finishing my year of ‘residency.’ This year – typically a student brother’s fourth year of formation…

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Be Still

When it comes to leisure, many of us tend to associate it with time spent not working or studying, doing what we enjoy. In other words, leisure…

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The Coronation of Mary

“Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.” As Dominicans, we pray these words quite frequently, after every Rosary…

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The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption

When we meditate upon the fourth glorious mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we should be meditating upon love; namely, the…

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The Third Glorious Mystery: The Holy Spirit Comes Upon the Apostles at Pentecost

In the Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary we contemplate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost. Our meditation on this…

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The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

As we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us meditate on the Second Glorious mystery, Christ’s Ascension into…

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The Day of the Lord

Exult, let them exult! Having been baptized during an Easter Vigil, these opening words from the Exsultet have a special place in my memory of…

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Mercy for a Traitor

Today, we are entering into the mystery of Holy Week, the most significant week in the liturgical year, the week in which God shows his ineffable…

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Ordination Mass 2019

Priestly OrdinationThe Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Ordination of their BrothersCody…

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Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P., Accepts New Position as Executive Director of CMSM

Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P. - former Provincial of the Western Dominican Province - was recently selected to be the Executive Director of the Conference…

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The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion

After meditating on the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, and the Carrying of the Cross, with the Fifth…

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Solemn Vows 2019

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Solemn Profession of their BrotherChrysostom Mijinke,…

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The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Among the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, this is arguably the only one that focuses on Christ’s active role in His Passion. Christ…

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Accept the Crown of Love

And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe upon Him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand.…

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New Dominican Rectory Opens in Alaska

The Dominicans recently celebrated the opening of their new rectory in Anchorage, Alaska.On February 23rd, Archbishop Etienne – accompanied by…

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The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

One of the first challenges that we face when meditating on the Second Sorrowful Mystery is that the Gospels only provide a minimal amount of…

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St. Albert's Priory Lecture on Blessed Jean-Joseph Lataste, O.P. | March 27, 2019

Contact St. Albert's Priory at (510) 596-1800 for more information

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A Vigil in Gethsemane

We easily see that the Church is wise in her establishment of Lent. We are sinners – selfish, carnal, and earthly-minded – and so it is no surprise…

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And To Dust You Shall Return

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return (Gen 3:19).Most everyone agrees with this sentence irrespective of their views or religious beliefs.…

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Pilgrimage: Walking with God

Christians throughout the ages have undertaken strenuous journeys to shrines far and near. Early pilgrimages focused on the Holy Land, on the…

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The Chair of St. Peter

As we draw near to the feast of The Chair of St. Peter it is worth reflecting on what papal infallibility is and is not. People often think this…

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Preaching Like St. Paul

Recently, in one of my Scripture classes, we addressed the similarities and differences between St. Paul and the Greek philosophers. The philosophers…

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What is Morality About?

When I say the word morality, what do you think of? Your first thought may be of rules, duties, and obligations - dos and don'ts of what is acceptable…

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St. Thomas and Obedience to the Truth

Dominicans are not especially zealous in promoting the veneration of our saints, a tendency that goes all the way back to our beginnings and…

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Br. Frederick Narberes, O.P. Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Br. Frederick William Narberes, O.P., who died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.The funeral…

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Br. Frederick Narberes, O.P.

William Narberes, 81, a Dominican Friar of the Western Dominican Province, died on January 16, 2019. He was born April 30, 1937 in Martinez,…

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What is Celibacy?

Every single person is called to love. If we do not experience love, life remains incomprehensible to us. But if we do experience love, then…

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Does Jesus exaggerate when he says: “… apart from me you can do nothing”?

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”…

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New Provincial Elected!

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus joyfully announce the election of Fr. Christopher Paul Fadok, O.P., as Prior…

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The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple

That the twelve-year-old Jesus clearly knew the Law and the Prophets is evident in the fact that the learned men even bothered listening to the…

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The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation

It seems an unusual requirement that Mary and Joseph should consecrate God’s own Son back to Himself. And yet, in obedience to the Law of Moses,…

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How Does a Dominican Chapter Work?

Since the earliest days of St. Dominic, the Order of Preachers has been a fiercely democratic institution, embodying the principles of collegiality,…

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The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

“Who has performed and done this,calling the generations from the beginning?I, the Lord, the first,and with the last; I am He.” (Isaiah 41:4)Secrets…

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The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

As we continue through the season of Advent, almost everyone anticipates the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. For most people, it…