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"Adoration of the Shepherds" is a painting by Jan de Bray, a Dutch Golden Age artist, 1627 - 1697.18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way: When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said:

In this simple image, the Infant Jesus sleeps peacefully as foretold by the Prophet Isaiah.1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LordHis delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

This image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is what she looked like when she appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531.The Woman and the Dragon: 1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

In this exquisite painting by Italian artist, Placido Costanzi (1702-1759), the Virgin Mary is seen as receiving the supernatural gift of being immaculately conceived as the Ark of the New Covenant.1 Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, moving down the slopes of Gilead. 2 Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved. 3 Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil.

In the beautiful change of seasons, Saint Athanasius reminds us that we must not let any season pass without thanksgiving to God.1 All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

In this Healing of the Ten Lepers by the artist James Tissot, created between 1886 and 1894, Jesus Christ reveals His love and mercy for the suffering..11 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Sent by Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal the Peace Plan from Heaven.Saint Wenceslaus Church in Saint Louis, Missouri will host the 100th Anniversary of Fatima & Tour for Peace: 1917 - 2017, featuring the story of the Fatima Apparitions and the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady. The date is Sunday, November 13, 2016, beginning with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9:00 a.m., and ending with Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament at 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Tour for Peace, please click here.

Judas Maccabeus, a great Jewish warrior, liberated Judah from the Romans in 165 B.C.38 Then Judas assembled his army and went to the city of Adul′lam. As the seventh day was coming on, they purified themselves according to the custom, and they kept the sabbath there. 39 On the next day, as by that time it had become necessary, Judas and his men went to take up the bodies of the fallen and to bring them back to lie with their kinsmen in the sepulchres of their fathers.

Pope Francis: No single act of love for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted.27 “But I say to you that hear -- love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods, do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."

God chooses King Cyrus, a pagan, to let the Jews return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple.1 In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: