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!
Home & Family
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.
We’re in a heated election year and the holidays are fast approaching. Conventional wisdom says there are two topics that should never be discussed at the dinner table, especially not at big family gatherings such as Thanksgiving and Christmas: religion and politics. We asked Fr. Leo Patalinghug, author of Grace Before Meals, what he has to say about this common belief. Watch below!
St. John Chrysostom was a bishop, a renowned preacher, and one of the most celebrated Doctors of the Church. In his day he was considered one of the most important witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, he wrote beautifully on the Sacrament of Marriage as you can read in this homily.
Back in 1995, my mom was a young mother with five children. (There are nine of us now.) It was a time of life that was truly testing her limits. She was stretched thin as a wife and mother, trying to raise us while my dad, who worked very long hours, came home late in the evening and usually missed dinner. Money was tight for them, so while all her “mom friends” were able to participate in certain events and activities, my mom was never able to join them.
According to Fr. Leo Patalinghug, parents should teach their kids that feeding the family is not just the job of mom or dad, but is a job for all family members, and even for all Christians. That’s because one of the best ways to show love for others is to physically feed them, an example left to us by Christ himself and followed by many of his saints.
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
In today’s fast-paced and activity-laden society, many families look to cut down on food preparation time to make it quick and easy. But is this fast food mentality a good idea? What are we missing out on when we cut corners with the family meal? Here is what Fr. Leo Patalinghug (the family meal aficionado and cooking expert) has to say.
My youngest child is six and my oldest is twenty-six. By virtue of my vocation (or maybe just my particular kids) I have spent a lot of time on my knees. I’ve also learned a lot over the years about the things that uplift me spiritually—and the things that don’t. I offer here five tips.
La Biblia fue escrita originalmente en hebreo, arameo, y griego, así que dependemos de una traducción para conocer el mensaje original inspirado por Dios. Por lo general, las traducciones de la Biblia al español son buenas; la diferencia entre unas y otras las podemos notar en el lenguaje; algunas ya adaptadas y con vocabulario moderno. […]