Good Tidings of Great Joy!

25. December 2013 Christmas 0
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby ...

Christmastime is here!

25. December 2012 Christmas 0
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Or is it? After two months, if not more, of holiday planning, shopping, decorating, baking, etc., Christmas can seem almost anti-climactic – the cool down after the marathon. No more gifts to wrap, no more credit cards to max out, no more grumpy shoppers to wrestle for ...

Merry Christmas to Christ’s Disciples

This Christmas, many lay missionaries—and many of our ministry partners—will be spending Christmas out in the field, ministering to the poor they serve. These disciples of Christ might be serving hot meals, visiting the elderly, or doing other meaningful work on behalf of the poor on Christmas Day in addition to celebrating Christ’s birth. Here’s ...

Merry Christmas from Reencontro!

On a recent visit to one of our ministry partners in Mozambique, Reencontro, our Africa Projects Officer received a letter of thanks that seemed very fitting to share with you during this Advent season. It’s from 17-year-old Carolina, a girl caring for her siblings after their parents passed away. Carolina’s life was dramatically transformed because ...

It’s A Wonderful Life

15. December 2011 charity, Christmas 0
My family has a yearly Christmas tradition. After a marathon day of holiday baking, we all settle down with warm cups of peppermint hot chocolate and watch the Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. I always find myself cheering for the film’s protagonist, George Bailey—especially when he uses his own money to help save the ...

A Cardboard Crib

08. December 2011 children, Christmas 0
The Christmas tree was lit. The angels were dressed in white and gold. And the nervous laughter of my students filled the air as they waited for their parents and friends to find their seats. As the lights dimmed, I quickly placed the hay in the cardboard manger and prompted the kids to take their ...

A Life Lesson from Joseph and Mary

When God told Joseph and Mary about the forthcoming birth of Jesus, they could have resisted the news. After all, conceiving a child out of wedlock was a serious matter. But we know they each accepted the noble assignment with tremendous faith and trust. Joseph “did what the angel of the Lord commanded” (Matthew 1:24) ...

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 ...