Most people think that Christmas is over on December 26th. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration has just begun. There is a reason why Christmas is called a season. It does not last for a single day. We have been preparing for it for four weeks, and the Church couldn’t possibly start and end its celebration of Christ’s birth in one day.
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.
Con constelaciones doradas en su manto y la luna bajo sus pies, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe sigue capturando corazones hoy tanto como aquel día en la colina de Tepeyac en 1531. La tilma milagrosa contiene innumerables signos y símbolos místicos, todos comunicando verdades profundas a sus primeras espectadores. Y aun con los muchos detalles que […]
In order to make a good confession, we must first make a good examination of conscience. Many of us are familiar with examinations of conscience based on the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), but there is also another biblical guide that we can use to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Beatitudes. While the Ten Commandments […]
The saints are as different as they are similar. Some saints lived short lives; some long ones; some saints were married, others single; some saints came from prominence, others from obscurity; some saints were devoted to God their whole life, others only after a conversion of heart. The common thread that runs through the lives of the saints is a love for God. What made the saints extraordinary?
When I am preoccupied with the cares of life and withhold my gratitude, it is reflected in my inner being. I become more anxious. I am prone to envy and to anger. And I am less joyful. It seems to me that thanksgiving is the key to unlocking true gratitude, which in turn unlocks peace and joy.
As Catholic laity, we often hear about “active participation” at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We may think that “active” participation means “physical” participation—such as being a cantor, lector, or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. However, first and foremost, the active participation of the laity is our interior participation at Mass.
Icons are a means by which the Church leads her faithful to a life of prayer. Even today icons are seen in many churches around the world and can be venerated in the home as well.
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.
A few weeks ago, I went to see The Dating Project movie. After watching the documentary, I realized that it only confirmed my thoughts and feelings on how difficult twenty-first century dating truly is. Take it from a twenty-something who’s trying to navigate today’s dating scene–or lack thereof, for that matter. It’s no one’s fault […]