Because it is a penitential season of self-denial, many people view Lent as a time of forced depression. So, it is good to be reminded that, “While Lent is a solemn season, it is not a somber one. The forty days are not structured to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing; they are meant to thrust us into the heart of divine love.”
If you still need to take care of those stragglers on your shopping list, or if you haven’t even started yet, here are some unique religious Christmas gift ideas to help take you to the finish line. And remember, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a season that BEGINS on December 25th. So, there is no shame in spreading out your gift-giving right up to Epiphany (the original 12 days of Christmas). After all, that’s the day when Baby Jesus received his gifts!
Of all the seasons of the year, the Advent and Christmas seasons are undoubtedly the favorite for children and offers them the most to get excited about. These Advent activities channel that natural anticipation and excitement and directs it towards learning more about the Christian faith, and reserving a special place for Jesus in their hearts. With these fun activities, children have to much more to look forward to than just Christmas presents!
Whether you’re entertaining at home or traveling to visit your loved ones, here are twelve steps (and one suggestion) to make this year’s Thanksgiving gathering the best yet.
Place the creche in a prominent place in the home, perhaps next to your Advent wreath, and encourage children to make their spiritual gifts out of love for the Baby Jesus each day leading up to Christmas. For each small sacrifice or good deed done by a child during Advent, a piece of straw (or something that comparable that you can purchase at a craft store) is added into the manger or creche.
The way the Church has embarked on this spiritual journey, this pilgrimage of the heart, is through the daily Mass readings and the Divine Office. Reading the Daily Mass readings with your Roman Missal or the Divine Office with your own Liturgy of the Hours set are both great ways to celebrate the Advent season. But if you want more of a personal devotional to use, then Advent prayer books is what you’d want to choose. Here are three of the most popular choices for using a book for meditations and prayers this Advent season.
Below we’ve put together a gift selection for those who have a devotion to one of our newest (and greatest!) heavenly intercessors. Each of these Catholic gifts commemorating Pope Saint John Paul II will undoubtedly help foster love for and devotion to this new patron saint. And hopefully, with his closeness and intercession, help you to become the saint he desires you to be.
Going off to college can be an exciting (and nervous!) adventure for both parents and their children. Their dorm or apartment will be your college student’s new home away from home. Make sure you prepare them for life on campus with these must-have Catholic essentials that will help them to practice and grow in their faith while on campus
Dads are wonderful, but shopping for them can be…not so wonderful. Choosing a gift can be tough, especially when you need a gift for a man. Luckily, we are not just shopping for men in general. We are shopping for D-A-D. ( Yes, he can never find his socks, but he gives his whole heart to […]
If you are invited to a Quinceañera celebration, a very special gift for the young lady is expected from guests. Godparents (padrinos) are usually the sponsors for the bouquet, the “last doll,” sometimes for the limousine, and even the gown—so thank God for padrinos! And boys don’t get to have such a party, so it’s good to be a girl, don’t you think?