Feasts, holy days, holidays

Give yourself 45 minutes of peace: Christmas caroling with Kings College College

Baking? Wrapping? Cleaning the house for your celebrations? Bookmark this page and prepare your heart for Christmas with this amazing choir’s hymns.

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God Became Man – my latest article at Catholic Digest

Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith.” (CCC, 463) As Catholics, we profess our belief in the Incarnation in the Nicene Creed: Jesus Christ “came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.” The Incarnation is…

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The Pink Candle and other Musings – from my Patheos archives…

To the uninitiated, that pink candle at church makes no sense from a decorating point of view. It throws off the symmetry of the other three purple candles in the Advent wreath. Yet, it immediately draws attention. A common sight in Advent, the pink or rose candle lit on the Third Sunday is a harbinger,…

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Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours…*

So many things to be thankful to God for this year… from the big things to the little things… My Bob and my all grown up family…       For renewed health for my mom… (thanks for all the prayers!)   For new employment for Bob… yay! And continued free-lance style work for me……

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When our heroes are transformed into Super Heroes. #JP2we<3U

Today is feast day of SAINT JOHN PAUL II. It’s a pretty cool thing when one of your heroes becomes a saint and has their own date on the liturgical calendar. When I graduated with my Masters in theology in 2008, I grabbed all the photos of Pope John Paul II that I had in…

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Pray the Rosary… (Resources, and more on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary)

Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I’ll go to Mass. I’ll have breakfast with a friend. Then I’m going to get my stitches out from some oral surgery that took place last week. And I’ll pray the rosary. In other words, its a typical day. And the rosary fits my life….

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Facing the sword of martyrdom, St Cyprian responds: “Thanks be to God!”

From today’s Office of Readings: On the morning of the fourteenth of September a great crowd gathered at the Villa Sexti, in accordance with the order of the governor Galerius Maximus. That same day the governor commanded Bishop Cyprian to be brought before him for trial in the court of Sauciolum. After Cyprian was brought…

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The Assumption: Our Lady … “a gracious reminder” because we’re forgetful.

We need reminders. Because we’re forgetful. We need reminders of what’s true. We need reminders that are unmistakeable. We need reminding that God wants us… that God loves us. God wants to be in relationship with us. He wants that to be part of our here and now. But we have to want it too….

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Why I love Saint Mary Magdalene

From my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood: Here’s a vision of hope for every woman stung by bad decisions and the pain of sin. It is the life of St. Mary Magdalene.  First, imagine Mary Magdalene, one of the notorious sinners mentioned in the New Testament, from whom seven…

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