Joyce Coronel

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Joyce Coronel is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun and author of “A Martyr’s Crown.”

The relics of saint whose intercession has been linked to thousands of documented miracles will be on display in Phoenix Jan. 15-17 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the saint's beatification.

Las calles del centro de Phoenix se transformaron el 5 de diciembre al 4,000 personas demostrar su amor y devoción a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Vestidos de coloridos trajes y adornados con plumas, joyas y perlas, los participantes desfilaron a lo largo de la Calle Jefferson cerca a la Parroquia de Inmaculado Corazón de María.

Carolee O’Meara knows what it’s like to be poor. She also knows how it feels to receive mercy. “I’ve always had a heart for the poor,” O’Meara said as she deftly stashed cans of vegetables in food boxes at Paz de Cristo in Mesa. “Being raised in a home where there was poverty and where God was just there all the time leading me, even without the parental guidance, God was just always merciful to keep me close to Him.”

With Christmas just days away, we turn our hearts toward the humble stable in Bethlehem where the Savior of the world was born. In the midst of the clamor of the world and the unrelenting violence around us, this conscious decision to focus on Jesus Christ, Ruler of the Universe, girds us with the truth: the Child born in the silence and stillness of the night was sent to redeem us and heal our broken world.

Phoenix was as part of a national five-city tour for Sirius Radio’s Lino Rulli Dec. 10 as he promoted his daily two-hour program “The Catholic Guy.” Rulli, who also serves as personal media advisor to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, has hosted the light-hearted radio show for nine years.

Colorful floats that featured images of the Virgin of Guadalupe and traditional matachine dancers delighted the crowd and transformed the streets of downtown Phoenix Dec. 5 as part of the 10th annual ‘Honor Your Mother’ extravaganza celebrating the patroness of the Diocese of Phoenix.

Phoenix are focusing on what it means for the faithful and how the year will be celebrated. The pope has asked that all dioceses around the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine, and that every diocese implement the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative on the Friday and Saturday before the fourth week of Lent.

Tonight as I write these words, I can hear the bells tolling from the Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem. I’ve traveled here to the Holy Land along with three other journalists to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Mary and the Apostles. I really can’t think of a better place to ponder the meaning of Advent.

JERUSALEM — Tonight as I write these words, I’m about 6,000 miles away from the birthplace of Christianity, but just a few days ago, I was walking in the footsteps of Christ in the Holy Land.

CAPERNAUM — We began our journey today at the foot of Mount Carmel. There's a wonderful church built there over the cave where the prophet Elijah lived. You remember Elijah. He is the one who listened for God's voice but did not hear it in the wind or the fire or the earthquakes. Instead, God spoke to him in a "still small voice."

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