Seek the Lord - December

In the waning days of December, some non-Christians celebrate the winter solstice instead of Christmas. The connection between the two observances is worth reflecting on this Advent Season.

The winter solstice, which will occur on December 21, marks the longest night of the year. After that, the nights grow shorter and the days longer. From ancient times this has been hailed as the victory of light over darkness, which may be why early Christians chose to commemorate the birth of Christ just a few days after the solstice.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke about this quite eloquently in a Christmas homily before he assumed the papacy:

“Very soon, Christians claimed for themselves, on December 25th, the day the light invaded, and celebrated it as the day of the birth of Christ, in which they had found the true light of the world.”

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US bishops in Rome ask Pope Francis about McCarrick report

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A Closer Look: “Don’t Go Revengin’ in My Name”

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In Profile: Mark Phillips & Terri Hamlin

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Today’s Video: King’s Singers exclaim Gaudete

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Bishop Conley announces medical leave of absence from Lincoln diocese

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Pope Francis celebrates 50th ordination anniversary by honoring his mentor

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Clothing drive half a world away helps babies in Christ’s hometown

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People’s hearts yearn for God, not possessions, status, pope says

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Events

2019 Nationwide Vigils & Events to #EndGunViolence

December 17, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Anthony Church, 6104 Desmond Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45227 United States

Come together to remember over 700,000 Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. And attend a Taize prayer vigil. At hundreds of locations nationwide, we will give v...

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Young Women - Spiritual Exercises

January 31, 2020 6:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212 United States

Get the Most from Your Annual Retreat Check out the newest online course - for free! RCLIFE 101: An Introduction to Spiritual Exercises is a series of six talks outlining the purpose of Spiritual Exer...

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Young Men's Silent Retreat

February 7, 2020 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212 United States

Attend Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (silent retreat) with other Catholic young men. Talks, adoration, Mass, confession, good food and one-on-one dialogue with a priest, a silent spiritual journey with...

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Global Solidarity Conference

February 29, 2020 8:30 am - 2:15 pm
University of Dayton Kennedy Union Ballroom, 300 College Park Drive
Dayton, OH 45469 United States

Featuring Olga Canelas, Catholic Relief Services Honduras,  as the keynote speaker. There will also be an advocacy workshop and interactive breakout sessions.  A light breakfast and full lunch prov...

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