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A Doctor, Teacher…or Sister?

As parents, we have heard the conversation a thousand times.  Our little ones talk about what they want to be when they grow up.  WeRead more »

20 Great Things about Being Catholic

Who needs Stephen King or Paranormal movies when you have real-life martyrs? We’re friends with the REAL Saint Nicholas–theRead more »

Make Straight Your Paths…Love is on Its Way

Some background: My mother-in-law passed away the day after Thanksgiving.  My husband is an only child, and she was a single mom.  She hadRead more »

7 Quick Takes Friday, no. 8: Advent Traditions

Happy New Year, Catholics! It’s a new liturgical year for us as Catholics which, as you probably know by now, starts with Advent.Read more »

Get Ready to Celebrate St. Lucia’s Day!

I’m Scandinavian with Viking roots–or at least, that’s what my 6’4″ Nordic father claimed. So every year, ourRead more »

Advent – Don’t Rush! It’s not Christmas Yet!

It’s Not Christmas! A friend recently bemoaned her inability to ‘get into the Christmas spirit’. Her discomfiture was painfully evidentRead more »

Happy Catholic New Year!

The season of Advent began this weekend.  At our Masses we noticed the colors on the altar and on our priests were changed to purple.  WeRead more »

Mary: More Than a Minor Role in the Christmas Story

In many non-Catholic Christian traditions, the time of year has arrived in which it is deemed acceptable to remember Mary, theRead more »

It’s A New (Liturgical) Year! – How to Make a Resolution and Keep It

The days leading up to January 1st are filled with resolution-making for the new year ahead – eat healthier, exercise more, spendRead more »

CHRISTmas memories of a German child

Christmas is a sentimental time for most people. For me it is an extremely happy time because I  can bask in the glow of warm memories. MyRead more »

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Family feasts, opening presents, heading to Mass together; these are the stuff of family gatherings at Christmas. Along with imagery ofRead more »

No Room At the Inn

Last year, exactly a year ago, I gave birth to our son in the emergency waiting room at our local hospital.  After begging over and overRead more »

Experiencing Advent: The J.O.Y. Box

“But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” Matthew 6:33 With excitementRead more »

“He Guides the Humble in Righteousness”

Yesterday at Mass, we lit the fourth candle on the Advent wreath. That means that Advent is almost over – we’re in the home stretch! SoonRead more »

Splendid Sundays: The Arks of the Covenants

4th Sunday of Advent Lectionary 1 First Reading ~ 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Responsorial Psalm ~ Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29 SecondRead more »

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