Here’s how to fully embrace the art of Advent and true celebration

For parents especially with young children, it’s a difficult balance to raise them in the world with its own culture while trying to instill a way of life that’s centered […]

How St. John of the Cross can save your Advent season

Waiting is never easy. Time slows down and the mind tends to run uncontrollably. Yet, the Church teaches the art of waiting and uncovers its meaning and importance. Advent is […]

The “O” Antiphons, a family-enriching tradition for Advent

As most people begin the Christmas celebrations after thanksgiving, Catholics are called to prepare for the coming of Jesus into their hearts and homes. The ancient monastic tradition of chanting […]

Why should you spiritually prepare for Christmas?

The holiday cheer, the Christmas music, the warm drinks and the shopping deals — these are just a few of the things we love most as we get close to […]

Not your ‘this-could-be-for-anyone’ Christmas gift guide

With Christmas rapidly approaching, many of us run into the problem of finding great and unique gifts for our friends and relatives. For this reason, we have come up with […]

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Placing Jesus in children’s hearts

Charged with helping to prepare a 7-year-old girl for her first Communion, Benedictine Sister Immaculata Bertolli’s first lesson was less than successful. “At one point she said, ‘I’m bored,’” Sister […]

How to talk about the thing you’re not supposed to talk about

Christians are called to share their faith, but knowing how to do it—and doing it well—isn’t always easy, particularly with family members who have drifted away from the Church. “Company […]

Priests offer insights on Advent prayer

Christ is coming. Next week, in fact, Christians around the world will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and his humble birth in Bethlehem. The Church designates the four weeks […]

Picturing the scene of Jesus’ arrival

Memories of decorating the manger scene as young children are now reminders of the importance of preparing for Christ’s birth, say some local faithful. Father Luis Granados, D.C.J.M., parochial vicar […]

How to welcome Christmas Catholics

Every Christmas, churches fill beyond capacity with congregations made up of weekly Mass-goers, “Christmas Catholics,” Christians on-the-fence, lapsed Catholics, non-believers and everyone in between. Infrequent Mass-goers don’t always know the […]