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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Pope: Scapegoating Migrants in Political Speeches Is Unacceptable

Posted by Nancy Lambert

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In today's climate of mistrust, rejection and nationalism, the world urgently needs peacemakers and politicians who protect and lovingly serve others, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1.

"Terror exerted over those who are most vulnerable contributes ... Read More »

Big Question - Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Baptism washes away the original sin (sin we inherited from Adam and Eve), and makes us children of God. So, the big question is, why was Jesus baptized?  Jesus has no sin; Jesus is already the son of God.

Jesus went to John and asked to be baptized and ... Read More »

It's Another New Year

Posted by Nancy Lambert

O yes! It’s another new year. We made it, we are here, thank God. We are grateful to God for his goodness and mercy. God has been so kind to us. Of course, everything that happened in your life in 2018 may not be all you wanted or expected ... Read More »

It's Christmas!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

When we celebrate birthdays, when we send cards and give gifts, we are saying the person whose birthday we celebrate is important to us.

Jesus Christ came into this world as a tiny baby, not as a grown person, not as an alien from outer space. Though he was ... Read More »

Joseph the Noble Man

Posted by Nancy Lambert

It’s fourth Sunday of Advent. With the four weeks of Advent season ending, we are ready to start the Christmas season. 

Obviously, not so much was written or mentioned both in the apostolic tradition and in the scriptures in general about this noble man called Joseph. Even the few ... Read More »

Is It Happy Holiday or Happy Christmas?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We have been bombarded with the idea of the “political correctness” of everything you say or do in this society. Any sincere and true Christian will agree with me that there has been a constant calculated and deliberate effort to neuter Christmas.  You and I now live in a ... Read More »

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before ... Read More »

The Lord Blesses Us With a Beautiful Season

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the ... Read More »

National Vocation Awareness Week Encourages Young People to Encounter Christ’s Call

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 4-10. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. 

Pope Francis, in his message for the 2018 World ... Read More »

Prayer for Priests

Posted by Nancy Lambert

PRAYER for PRIESTS O Jesus I pray for our faithful and fervent priests; For Your unfaithful and tepid priests; For Your priests laboring at home or  abroad in distant mission fields; For Your lonely and desolated priests; For Your young priests; For Your dying priests; for the souls of ... Read More »