7 Catholic Blogs You Should Read (Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 1)

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Why do we love Catholic blogs? Largely because maintaining one is a lot of work! When you find a good one, you know the person running it is dedicated and passionate about their mission. Each person is trying to use their knowledge, experiences, and perspective to communicate the truth and lead others closer to Jesus, one post at a time. We present, in alphabetical order, seven Catholic blogs you should resolve to read in the New Year. Aggie Catholics: Many Catholics fall away from … [Read more...]

Advent Week 4 Reflection: Feed the Birds, That’s What She Cries

Old Bird Lady

A note from the Editor: The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on Joseph’s role in the Christmas story. In Joseph, God gives us a model of faith, obedience, and service through sacrifice. I often think about my father when I read and reflect upon Saint Joseph, so it is timely to share a piece my sister wrote about our Dad. I am very proud to share Sarah Underhill’s touching story during this Fourth week of Advent. -- Lisa I recently attended Mary Poppins the Musical at the … [Read more...]

From the Mouths of Babes: Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols

I recently participated in the Festival of Lessons and Carols at my parish, St. Francis of Assisi (SFA) in West Des Moines, Iowa. While Lessons and Carols is a rather new tradition here, it originated in 1918 at King’s College of the University of Cambridge in England as a thanksgiving service after the close of World War I. The festival was first broadcast by BBC Radio in 1928, and except for 1930, has been broadcast every Christmas Eve since, propelling its popularity far beyond … [Read more...]

Saint Gerard Meets Saint Lucy

Saint Gerard Majella

In the spring of 2007, my husband Joel and I realized we were expecting our first child. We were so excited and shared the news with our family and friends on Easter Sunday. A few weeks into the second trimester, I started experiencing some signs of miscarriage, and my doctor sent me immediately to Mercy Hospital for an ultrasound. When I arrived at the maternity floor, I immediately noticed Saint Gerard Mejella prayer cards scattered throughout the waiting room and hanging in organizers on the … [Read more...]

Visit Taizé this Advent

Taizé prayer service

One of the catchiest song lyrics written by the baby-boomer generation was Paul Simon’s great line: “Slow down, you move too fast, you’ve got to make the mornin’ last.” How often during the Advent season have you felt like you’re moving too fast? I hear it all the time from friends and family who get overwhelmed at the busy-ness of the Christmas season … at the expense of Christ. And yet this should be a season of delirious anticipation as we wait for the birth of the Savior. Holy … [Read more...]

Must-See Family TV

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With many families reporting much concern about prime-time television broadcasting content that is not suitable for their families, two key corporate sponsors have partnered to provide family-quality entertainment on a major network TONIGHT (Friday, 12/3/2010).  This FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT initiative is set to fill the void by providing quality, family entertainment with movies that families CAN enjoy together. A strong showing will help open the door for future family-friendly movies to be … [Read more...]