As we began our 11.7-mile trek at the Saddleback Mountain trailhead in Maine we were immediately surrounded by beauty. The terrain varied as we hiked… with wooded paths becoming rocky and then ascending through thick forests of green to pristine lakes that seemed to appear from nowhere. I was stunned by the beauty of the creation around me.
Before you start down a rabbit hole of anxious planning, don’t forget that, as we face any situation, God’s grace is there too – in abundance! It’s always easier to recall God’s presence and peace when we have visible reminders of that presence in front of us. With that in mind, we present for your reflective, lighthearted enjoyment, twelve steps to a peaceful planning, preparation, and execution of a Catholic Christmas gathering.
Have you ever wondered what prompts us to pray? This thought occurred to me recently while at Adoration. As I poured out my cares and concerns to Jesus, it dawned on me that I was there because the Holy Spirit wanted me to be there.
We need the consistent silence that comes from time spent with God in prayer. At other times, music can help raise our minds heavenwards and bring into clearer focus what God might be trying to say to us.
Recently I encountered a slight problem when turning to the saints in regards to marriage and family, and perhaps you would too, because from the list of popular saints I know, it may often be the case that a favorite saint was, um, celibate. That being said, I decided to compile a list of thoughts and prayers on parenting and finding holiness at home – from 10 saints who were mothers and fathers themselves.
There’s nothing quite like seeing someone say goodbye to a spouse, family member, or friend in uniform at the airport. A long, silent hug. A gentle wave. A tearful goodbye at the parting of ways. One chin lifted bravely, a heavy bag flung over a shoulder—while the one left behind gives an encouraging smile and […]
Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week of the church year—even more so than Christmas. Beginning with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, and ending with Easter Sunday, Holy Week progresses to its final days with great solemnity. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is referred to as […]
Who are the first five women who come to mind when you think of female saints? (Take a moment to name those five before continuing to read.) When I stopped to consider five female saints, I thought of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Agnes, and St. Clare. […]
So, that means every time our feet hit the floor in the morning, the Lord gives us the chance to start over. Starting over doesn’t require a ball to drop in New York City! Isn’t that amazing? God’s limitless mercies are new every single day. It’s something that’s easily forgotten, but an absolutely incredible gift.
I have lots of memories of Christmases from my youth. I vividly remember making delicious holiday meals, singing in the children’s choir at mass, and excitedly buying presents for my siblings and parents, among many other things. But I don’t remember too much about Advent growing up, except for lighting the Advent wreath every night […]