Just as Jasper has been used to cut away and bring out the best in other stones, so do we need to cut away what is unnecessary and ugly in our souls to be prepared to receive Christ at Christmas. When He comes, He skillfully and lovingly carves away everything in our hearts that keeps us from living fully and freely in His love.
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 […]
Getting ready for the Advent and Christmas season? We’ve put together an ultimate gift guide listing our top holiday sellers all in one spot. Each of the products listed here were our best-sellers from last season. It was tough doing this research and putting this article together, but we’ve done it just for you!
“Our first duty, therefore, precisely in order to heal this world, is to be holy, configured to God; in this way we emanate a healing and transforming power that also acts on others, on history . . . Jesus did not call [the Twelve Apostles] because they were already holy, complete, perfect, but so that they might become so, so that they might thereby also transform history, as it is for us, as it is for all Christians.”
If you walk into any store or shop online between now and December 25th, you will see an increasing amount and variety of Christmas cards. Snowmen, snowy landscapes, reindeer, wrapped presents, snow-covered evergreen trees, Santa Claus, cute baby animals in the snow . . . so on and so forth. After evaluating the images, you […]
Pope Francis is a wellspring of practical and spiritual instruction in ways perhaps surprising and unlikely. Reading his words in The Name of God Is Mercy and The Church of Mercy is helpful in illuminating the Pope as a man we can all relate to and learn from. Here is a list of quotes from these books that can help us take a second look at some of our spiritual and mental practices.
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.
What are the first things you think of when you think of a Carmelite nun? The majority of Catholics would probably think about things like: Silence Solitude Sacrifice Lots of Prayer Lots of Saints Fasting Holiness Bare feet Words that probably DON’T come to mind are: Humor Love of books Friendship And yet these last […]
If you’ve ever been perplexed about choosing just the right rosary for yourself or as a gift for someone else, you may have noticed that finding the right rosary will increase the likelihood of it actually being used for prayer, however silly that may sound. Getting the right look and feel that is attractive to the user is a great way to ensure that the rosary becomes a call to prayer instead of getting lost in a drawer.
St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as “The Little Flower,” is the third woman to be declared a Doctor of the Church. She is best known for her “little way”–which is to seek sanctity in everyday life by doing small things with great love. She is, arguably, the most beloved modern saint; her writings are […]