Tag: "Christmas"

It Is Time To Privatize Christmas
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It Is Time To Privatize Christmas

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The light of God’s gospel shines in this world.

Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas
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Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas

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God’s love came to us in circumstances of radical poverty. The Creator of the universe was born in a stable, poor and homeless. How then has the preparation for the celebration of this miracle come to include Black Friday brawls and countless tips to reduce holiday induced stress? We blame stores for advertising Christmas in […]

Long Lines and Other Christmas Hardships: Gifts from Above?
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Long Lines and Other Christmas Hardships: Gifts from Above?

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On a recent Saturday I went to the grocery store and took a number at the deli. They were on number 49. My number was 62. It was quite a crowd. Some people came in pairs, browsing in front of the glass displays as they waited for their turn, making it hard for me to […]

Keeping Christ in Christmas - Our Family's Approach
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Keeping Christ in Christmas – Our Family’s Approach

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“Actions speak louder than words.”  “One picture is worth a thousand words.”  “Talk is cheap.”  There are lots of different sayings in the English language that generally express the same thing–words alone don’t do the necessary job of communicating, especially in the case of a personal message.  Like “I love you,” for instance. So human […]

Advent with King David
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Advent with King David

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My wife and I sat on the couch, the room dark except for a strand of colored lights  wound around the Christmas tree and the flickering candles in the Advent wreath.  We’d just finished reading our Advent reflection and saying the Rosary.  Now we sat together and watched snow swirl outside the window. This time […]

Mary: More Than Just a Character in a Story
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Mary: More Than Just a Character in a Story

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I regularly receive an email called “Daily Heartlight.” It features reflections by a rotating group of people, all of them Protestant and most of them preachers. Most of my spiritual reading is Catholic, but I find these often have good insight about faith and Scripture. As we’re approaching Christmas, several reflections have involved Mary and […]

Book Review: <em>Breakfast in Bethlehem</em>
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Book Review: Breakfast in Bethlehem

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This is a heartwarming children’s book, but it will make readers of any age feel closer to the birth of our Savior. In 40 pages, Edward Looney crafted a story giving a message that does good to the soul: Christmas is about Baby Jesus. It’s about going with the Holy Family as they journey through […]

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years
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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

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At some point, sooner or later, all new parents experience that moment when they realize that this new little life is their unique responsibility. It can be a bit surreal. Holding your little one, it strikes you that a tremendous gift has been given to you, a gift that brings with it significant and life-altering […]

5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart
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5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart

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The calendar reads December 27th. Secular society has us fully ensconced in “after-Christmas” sales and is already prepared to move us along to Valentine’s Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, we’re just getting started. Some of you may fall prey to the “after Christmas blues” that […]

Dwelling on the Meaning of the Incarnation
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Dwelling on the Meaning of the Incarnation

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If properly understood, the Christmas holiday would be enough, not only to end abortion, but to destroy all sin. Even sentimental secularists wince when they connect the feast of Jesus as a Baby with the millions of discarded unborn. As resourceful people, they change the subject or take shelter in a quick mental hiding place […]

A Baby Changes Everything
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A Baby Changes Everything

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In the quiet of night, a young mother holds her baby to her, admiring his fingers and toes, exploring the features of his face. Her son is new to this world, a gift from God. She is like every other new mother, filled with wonder and exhaustion and, perhaps, fear. She is very young. Is […]

Magnets and Christmas
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Magnets and Christmas

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  Magnets and Christmas   “Why are you writing about my magnets?” my son asked with squinty-eyes and raised lip, as if the words tasted foul, the picture of teenage contempt. “ ‘Cause there’s a spiritual parallel,” I replied casually, glancing up. “Like what,” he spluttered incredulously, half-laughing, half-choking on his mother’s latest foolishness. I […]

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For Those Who Suffer at Christmas

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As we begin the Christmas season, we contemplate in earnest that manger scene. The One who was all light emerged from the darkness of the womb. He who was perfect Love entered a world in which, in just a few short months, his parents had to flee their home in order to keep him from […]

The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time
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The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time

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Christ is quoted, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein is one of life’s toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving? We know that social modeling is a powerful teacher. If we lecture our children on giving, yet portray a life of miserliness, there is little chance […]

The Season of the Unexpected
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The Season of the Unexpected

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I was putting our younger daughter to sleep, and as we snuggled in the chair, I started singing:  “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . .” She picked up the tune and sang the next line:  “. . . Jack Frost sniffing at your nose . . .” Christmas is full of surprises. Especially […]

War on the Meaning of Christmas
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War on the Meaning of Christmas

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I recently saw a Jon Stewart monologue that really got me thinking. Stewart was making fun of Fox News’ “War on Christmas.” Stewart asks how could there possibly be a “War on Christmas” when Christmas, as a holiday, has become so bloated that this year it finally took over Thanksgiving. In 2012, before the turkey […]

The War on Jesus Christ
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The War on Jesus Christ

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During this season of Miracles we often hear and read about the “War on Christmas” and efforts to remove and erase all references of Jesus Christ from our culture. This determination seems to increase each year, and in the near future children may lose all knowledge of the True Meaning of Christmas. As a professional […]

Who Do We Need to Make Room For in Our Inn?
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Who Do We Need to Make Room For in Our Inn?

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Our pastor shared this story at Mass on Sunday: As many parishes do at Christmas time, a parish in New York was having a pageant acting out the Nativity story. A little boy named Tom was taking part. He was mentally disabled, but was very excited to be in the pageant. He was playing an […]

 How Many Shopping Days ’til Christmas?
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How Many Shopping Days ’til Christmas?

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Yes, the secularism, the retail racquet, the commercialism has taken over our American culture and it is never more apparent than in this final month before Christmas.  “Good grief!” you may despair.  But do not fear.  The true meaning of Christmas is still strong with people of Good Will.  The best way to effect change […]

Keeping Christmas
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Keeping Christmas

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Do you ever feel like going out on the front porch and yelling, “Christmas didn’t end on December 26!” While the focus turns to New Year’s Eve, festivities continue for a few more days.  In the meantime, the discount bins start filling with Christmas leftovers and the radio stations go back to their typical fare.  […]

Mother's Wishes and Wonders on a Silent Night
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Mother’s Wishes and Wonders on a Silent Night

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When I climbed into bed, the sheets felt like thin strips of refrigeration. I pulled the comforter up to my ears and shivered as I waited for my body to generate enough heat to turn my toes from blue to toasty. Now, at 3:35 in the morning, a wave of warmth rolls over me like […]

Christmas Memories
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Christmas Memories

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Most of us recall the joy and excitement we experienced as young children singing Christmas carols and happy birthday to Jesus while waiting to see what gifts Santa would leave under our tree.  How many times did my siblings and I resolve to catch the jolly old man in the act only to fall fast […]

I'll Be Home for Christmas
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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Dear Anthony, I’m getting married in June to the most wonderful man in the world!  But we are having a disagreement about how to handle our last Christmas as a non-married couple.  We can’t make it to both our families, but we cannot agree on whose family we should be with.  I assumed he would […]

Good Thing Baby Jesus Wasn’t Claustrophobic
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Good Thing Baby Jesus Wasn’t Claustrophobic

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One day last year around this time, my then-4-year-old daughter and I stopped by a local Catholic store to pick up a gift. As you can imagine in a Catholic store during Advent, there were several Nativities on display. While I was browsing the candles, Vaughn was enjoying the Nativity scenes. I noticed she was […]

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