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

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.

KACB 96.9 FM Aggie Catholic Broadcasting

Aggie Catholics: Many Catholics fall away from the Church during college, often because they have questions about the faith but get the wrong answers or none . . . → Read More: 7 Catholic Blogs You Should Read (Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 1)

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

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 Des Moines Civic Center with my sister, Lisa. Mary Poppins, like many other musicals, holds special childhood memories for us, . . . → Read More: Advent Week 4 Reflection: Feed the Birds, That’s What She Cries

From the Mouths of Babes: 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 Cambridge.

A traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols is arranged with nine Scripture passages (the lessons) that recount the full Christmas story, beginning with the Fall . . . → Read More: From the Mouths of Babes: Lessons and Carols

Saint Gerard Meets Saint Lucy

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 walls. (Thank God for Catholic hospitals!) I grabbed one and started reciting the “For A Mother With Child” prayer on the back of the . . . → Read More: Saint Gerard Meets Saint Lucy

Visit Taizé this Advent

Taizé prayer service

Slowing down and finding time for prayer doesn’t take away from the joyful fun that the secular world seeks out of Christmas. Do you need to slow down because you’re movin’ too fast this Advent season? Taizé may be just right for you. . . . → Read More: Visit Taizé this Advent

Must-See Family TV

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 shown during this Family Movie Night broadcast. Though I have not yet seen the latest movie they are promoting, all indications are that NBC’s “Family Movie Night” is a project worthy of our support.

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