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Sunday, December 21, 2014
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  • Picturing Mary: New exhibit of masterpieces at National Museum of Women in the Arts examines how artists have depicted Mary as woman, mother and idea
    A  stunningly beautiful collection of Baroque and Renaissance masterpieces depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary currently on exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is not only captivating and spiritually uplifting, it is a serious look at how artists’ conceptions of Our Lady evolved over an almost 500-year period.
  • Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, pope says
    . No saint was ever known for having a “funeral face,” Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile.
  • Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

    A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

    
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  • This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Christmas truce that was  celebrated by opposing sides of the British, French and German forces. 
  • As we prepare for the graces of Advent and Christmas we are invited into the drama of the Incarnation of God in human history. An exquisite painting by the Italian Baroque master painter, Caravaggio, entitled, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, completed around 1597, offers a stirring visual homily for our contemplation during this sacred season.  
  • Cubans in South Florida reacted with both joy and skepticism to the news that Cuba and the United States would start working toward normalizing relations and ending the economic embargo imposed by the U.S. 54 years ago.

     
  • ‘Always a part of my life’
    On the left side of the nave of St. Thomas Apostle Church, N.W., hangs a replica of Rubens’ powerful 17th century artistic rendering of Doubting Thomas examining the wounds of the Risen Christ. For the past 100 years, the parish named for the “skeptical apostle” has never doubted or waivered in its mission of spreading the Gospel in the District’s Woodley Park neighborhood and beyond. 
  • St. Elizabeth Parish celebrates 50th anniversary
    Hosting a carnival, holding a talk on the “Francis Effect” and inviting Cardinal Wuerl to celebrate Mass are just a few of the ways members of St. Elizabeth in Rockville are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a parish.

     
  • Maryland parish and school remember doctor who died of Ebola as hero and man of faith

    Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family and parish priest as a man who loved God and who loved to serve others.



     
  • Tell the Truth
    We hear a lot about some of the commandments. About others we hear practically nothing. Yet all the commandments are God’s word speaking to us concerning how we should live and associate with each other and how we are to relate to God.

     
  • DeMatha edges Good Counsel for WCAC football championship
    In another titanic Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title matchup, DeMatha outlasted Good Counsel, 24-20, to claim the 2014 Championship. The game was played Nov. 22 at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium. 
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