St. Antony of Egypt: A Signpost for Our Times

(Memorial of St. Antony of Egypt, January 17) We live in what seems increasingly with each passing day, precarious times. Lately, for the common individual, the one who has no societal clout, whose voice is just as likely to be silenced as to...
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Blessing of a Christmas Tree: A Sign of Life in Christ

There are few things like a sparkling Christmas Tree that can bring a smile to our faces so easily. Every year around this time, almost instinctually, many of us acquire an evergreen tree of some variety to put in our homes. This year Christmas ...
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Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene

(The following text is taken from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, 82-84) In its present form the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèch...
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The Immaculate Conception: A Celebration of Salvation

While the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th marks an event of the utmost importance in salvation history, it is not without its conceptual and emotional difficulties. Conceptually the difficulties arise du...
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The Advent Wreath’s Lesson on Virtue

In each Season of the Church’s liturgical life, she provides us with unique resources that nourish our growth in holiness. Among these resources stored in the vast treasure house of graces of the Church one finds the sacramentals. All too often ...
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