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Longing for Christmas Magic

by: Devon Wattamhis eyes lit up at the sight of twinkling lights, miniature houses, and a train. He let out a gasp filled with wonderment:Read more »

Reflections on the Nativity

by: Maurisa MayerleI’ve been reading Saint Francis de Sales Introduction to the Devote Life and applying some his proscribedRead more »

Advent Within Me: Waiting on my Baby… and the Messiah

I’m really bummed I’m not having a baby in time for Christmas. Well, knock on wood.  I’ll be 35 weeks at Christmas.  Which is aRead more »

Advent Traditions–The Jesse Tree

Our parish priest despises the Jesse Tree. Sadly it is for good reason. As a seminarian, the liturgy director absolutely forbid ChristmasRead more »

HowOurAdventTreeCametoLife

How Our Advent Tree Came To Life

In today’s world, we find Christmas decorations fighting with Halloween items for space on the store shelves. It is easy toRead more »

July Old St. Nicholas

July Old St. Nicholas

by: Martina KreitzerSo much of what we know about St. Nicholas is wrapped up in secular culture; St. Nicholas has been turned into SantaRead more »

Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

by: Rita SuvaEvery month of the year in the Catholic Church is dedicated to a particular devotion of the Catholic faith. July is dedicatedRead more »

Friday Abstinence All Year Round?

Friday Abstinence All Year Round?

Did you know Catholics in this country are still encouraged to forgo meat on Fridays, not just during Lent, but throughout the year? TheRead more »

Running to the Tomb

Running to the Tomb

by: Maurisa MayerlePeter’s brow is furrowed with worry and his eyes are open wide in suspense.  One wonders what thoughts were runningRead more »

The Answer is Always the Same

The Answer is Always the Same

by: Mary Beth WeisenburgerIt could be posed in my prayer journal. It could be in the form of a petition during Mass. Or it could beRead more »

A Little “Light” Reading: Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

A Little “Light” Reading: Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

by: Stephanie RothBut…I’m starting to finally get it…the purpose of this liturgical season, the reason for it occurring every year, itsRead more »

A Letter to My Daughter on Her First Holy Communion

A Letter to My Daughter on Her First Holy Communion

Dear Daughter, I remember my First Holy Communion like it was yesterday. I remember the warm May day, the excitement of putting on myRead more »

Uniting to Christ's Life-Giving Suffering

Uniting to Christ’s Life-Giving Suffering

by: Sarah AntonioGod’s perfect original plan did not include all of this suffering. In the same way, His original plan did notRead more »

My Liturgical Suitcase

My Liturgical Suitcase: The Penitential Psalms

I never felt a weight associated with the liturgical seasons until I had children. From the moment I held my eldest son, I knew I had theRead more »

“Peter Moments” and Lent

by: Anni Harry…the more I realized I had just experienced a “Peter moment.” A moment in which I was called to identify Christ in myRead more »