An Advent Prayer

20. December 2012 Advent 0
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and holiday parties, the advent season is a special time to quietly reflect on Christ and all he brought into the world. As Catholics, we are called to love and serve in the same manner that he loved and served—which involved bringing peace, comfort and physical provision ...

Christmas Catalog

04. December 2012 Advent 0
Around this time of year, you hear those two words a lot. “I need new shoes” “I need a new car” or “I need to eat.”It seems that usually in America we can use the terms “I need” and “I would like to have” interchangeably, without it making much of a difference in the meaning. ...

God’s Christmas ornament

If you saw a red globe in the night sky earlier this week, don’t panic! You didn’t drink too much egg nog, and the end of the world is not at hand. What you witnessed was a lunar eclipse, an uncommon event in which the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. A lot of people are ...

Snowflakes: Reminders of the Perfect Gift

At this time of year, we receive Christmas cards from our mission partners in the field. We are continually blessed by these handmade cards and personal notes from orphans we support in Haiti, students in the Philippines, and the Catholic missionaries we support in Latin America and Africa. We received an especially poignant card this ...

The Most Precious Gift

Every year the U.S. Census Bureau collects data on the nation’s Christmas spending habits. A few of this year’s stats: 16.6 billion Number of cards, letters, and packages the U.S. Postal Service will deliver between Dec. 1 and Christmas this year. $4.3 billion The value of U.S. toy imports from China between January and August ...

Confronting the Christmas Quandary

You want to acknowledge those you love, but not encourage materialism; to give meaningful gifts without imposing an obligation to reciprocate; to rise above the canned opulence of the holidays and focus on the “reason for the season.” You want to slam the brakes on that barreling train of twisted tradition that makes you either ...

Advent: the Forgotten Season

Sunday, Nov. 29, marked the advent of Advent – a traditional Catholic observance that often gets upstaged by Thanksgiving on one end and Christmas on the other, especially now that the Christmas season seems to begin on Black Friday or even earlier! But Advent is important. For one thing, it’s the liturgical version of New ...