God's Word on Sunday: God is found in compassionate hearts

1st Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3 (Year B) Isaiah 63:16b-17; 64:1, 3-8; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37

It’s all God’s fault! As bizarre as that may seem, that appears to be at the heart of the prayer in the final section of Isaiah. The words reflect the human tendency to blame everyone and everything for difficulties instead of accepting personal responsibility. 

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Cultural colonization blasphemes God by trying to alter His creation

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Pope Francis calls Benedict's teaching 'precious heritage'

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Care for the dying does not mean relentlessly resisting death, Pope says

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The Smiling Pope's contagious joy in his anecdotes

During his brief pontificate in 1978, Pope John Paul I delivered 19 speeches, many of which included folksy stories and examples from his own life.

John Paul I takes first step to sainthood as book tries to debunk conspiracies

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