Have you always wanted to participate in a Lenten retreat, but don’t have the time or money to spend a whole weekend away from home? Sometimes just managing to attend a one-day retreat can be difficult! Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant With You is a wonderful option for an at-home Lenten retreat, that can be done at […]
Advent and Lent are both characterized by penance, fasting, and almsgiving. However, the penance, fasting, and almsgiving is much more pronounced and emphasized during Lent because of Our Lord’s Passion and Crucifixion. However . . .
Many people view Lent, because it is a penitential season of self-denial, as a time of forced depression. 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.”
You cannot go far on the Internet these days without running into something about the decline of masculinity in our culture today. For decades the value of men, fathers, and maleness in general have been marginalized. The rise of feminism and a “me first” attitude has degraded the substance that men bring to society. Men, for their part, have taken a back seat in many ways in which they are expected to be strong leaders. As my wife said to me yesterday, “men are destined for greatness.”
How many people believe that today? Do you believe you are destined for greatness? Do you believe your husband is destined for greatness? Do you believe your son or your daughter’s husband is destined for greatness?
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!
The historical story surrounding this Marian apparition is truly fascinating. There are so many significant details regarding the time period and culture to which the image was revealed. In addition, there is a whole other fascinating story surrounding just the image itself and its highly unusual properties. All of this detail cannot possibly be covered in one blog post . . . but here is a sampling! I hope the information from this blog post will encourage you to have a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and to celebrate her feast day in a special way each and every year.
The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe is part of Mexico’s identity, and most Mexicans are proud to call themselves Guadalupanos. For other Hispanic and non-Hispanics countries, the affection for the Mother of God is borderless and creates unity among Catholics in America and around the world. Through this apparition Our Lady has increased the faith in many people’s lives, and comforted us with her tender words:
“Am I not her, I, who am your mother?
And are you not under my shadow and my protection?”
– Our Lady of Guadalupe’s words to St. Juan Diego
December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, which appropriately falls during the Advent season. This feast day is an especially exciting one for children as they count down the days on their Advent calendars in anticipation of Christmas day.
St. Nicholas of Myra is a major saint in many places in Europe, and one of the old Christian traditions surrounding his feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats.
One of the old Christian traditions surrounding St. Nicholas’ feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill their shoes with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats.
Lanterns are such a popular home decoration these days. And we love it.
This past summer our Marketing and Merchandising teams at The Catholic Company had a great time experimenting with a new look of pairing lanterns with saint statues. We (and you!) loved the idea – it’s a great way to add contemporary style to the look of classic and reverent religious devotion in the home.
See what we mean: How to Turn a Decorative Lantern into a DIY Saint Shrine
We thought we’d try out the look for Advent and Christmas decorating, too. Here is our Chapel Lantern that we picked out especially for its wide base, flat sides, and old-world appeal. The possibilities of what you can do with this piece are endless, but, below are four of our favorites.
November 27 is the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Two staff members here at The Catholic Company recently made pilgrimages to France where they visited many of France’s holy sites, including the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris. This chapel is the actual location where Our Lady requested that a medal be struck with her image surrounded by the words, “O Mary, Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee”. This is where Mary took on the new title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which is closely related to the Immaculate Conception feast day on December 8.