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The Blessed Virgin Mary asks Jesus to perform His first public miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana when the wine runs short.1 On the third day, a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, how does your concern affect me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

When John baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descended upon the Messiah.1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lordmake straight in the desert a highway for our God."

This original artwork of the Wise Men from the East is by illustrator Jason Koltuniak, and it is published in the children's book, Saved by the Alphabet.Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet:

This beautiful painting of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is by the Spanish Baroque painter, Murillo, and it is now in the public domain.Our Holy Family Novena begins on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, which is Sunday, December 30, 2018. It continues through Monday, January 7, 2019. God chose to belong to a human family. A family just like yours. A place where virtues can be learned; where respect, forgiveness, and love take root. This is the miracle of Christmas. Celebrate this Christmas Season by joining the Missionaries of the Holy Family in prayer to strengthen your family life. We will be celebrating Mass on each of the nine days.

Through the Prophet Isaiah, God gives King Ahaz a sign, which is the prophecy of the birth of Jesus Christ by the Blessed Virgin Mary.The Lord said to Isaiah, “Take your son Shear-Jashub and go out to meet King Ahaz. You will find him at the end of the aqueduct that feeds water into the upper pool, near the road leading to the field where clothes are washed. Tell him to stop worrying. Tell him he doesn’t need to fear the fierce anger of those two burned-out embers, King Rezin of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah. Yes, the kings of Syria and Israel are plotting against him, saying, ‘We will attack Judah and capture it for ourselves. Then we will install the son of Tabeel as Judah’s king.’

God created the world in this order: day and night, sky, earth, sun and moon and stars, fish and birds, and animals and humans.18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For all creation awaits with eager expectation for the revelation of the children of God.

This original artwork of the Blessed Virgin Mary is by illustrator Jason Koltuniak, and it is published in the children's book, Saved by the Alphabet.26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

Advent is a penitential period of approximately four weeks in anticipation of the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and His Second Coming.24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Purgatory is represented by fire since it is the final purification process for souls on their way to Heaven.It’s probably safe to say that for most Protestant Christians, there are few doctrines more “Catholic” than Purgatory. Unfortunately, most people’s understanding of Purgatory is fraught with myths and misconceptions. First, here’s how the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Purgatory:

The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Purgatory, intercedes for her children who are being purified in Purgatory for the Kingdom of Heaven."So that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold, which, though perishable, is tested by fire..." (1 Peter 1:7) A commonly misunderstood teaching of the Church concerns Purgatory. Purgatory is not a second chance for damned souls to repent. Instead it is a state of cleansing and purification for souls destined for heaven. Also, Purgatory is not a means to earn our way to heaven, but a gift from God preparing us to see Him face to face. Even though not explicitly referred to by name, the Bible does allude to it, especially in terms of purging fire.