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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 »

St. Hannah Pray for Us

I am going to take this opportunity to introduce you to a saint that I have developed a special devotion to, St. Hannah. St. Hannah is theRead more »

My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord

And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.  Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Based in both Sacred Scripture andRead more »

Angelic Faces for your Tree!

As I mentioned in a previous post, today (December 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. According to the St. Nicholas Center, one of theRead more »

CHRISTmas Traditions: keeping Jesus at the center

Germany has long been on the forefront when it comes to Christmas traditions. From composing Silent Night (“Stille Nacht! HeiligeRead more »

Splendid Sundays: Peace on Earth

Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 5 Open today’s readings in another window to read along. Reflection “For he proclaims peace toRead more »