2011 has been exciting here at Das Schmidt Haus. Here’s my year in review, 7 Quick Takes style. — 1 — I started 2011 as a new full-time at-home parent after resigning from what many called the “dream job.” Many people didn’t understand my decision to walk away from a job with a very promising […]
Archives for December 2011
If you do, great! If you don’t, here you go. In October 2010, the Des Moines, Iowa area hosted the Christ Our Life Conference. One of the esteemed speakers was Francis Cardinal Arinze who spoke about living out the faith well in order to pass it onto our children. In his characteristic rich Nigerian accent, he […]
The innocents were slaughtered as infants for Christ; spotless, they follow the lamb and sing forever: Glory to you, O Lord. Today the Church remembers the Holy Innocents, the male children executed because of Herod’s fury to find the Christ child. Herod, fearing for his throne after the Magi told him of the birth of […]
The Nativity may be the most expressive representation of Christmas. Here’s an around-the-world look at a few of them.
Why isn’t St. Ignatius of Loyola a Doctor of the Church? With recent news that Pope Benedict XVI will appoint Hildegard von Bingen as a Doctor of the Church, I am once again asking (okay, shouting), “Why isn’t St. Ignatius of Loyola a Doctor of the Church?!” No offense, Hilde. I’m really eager to get to know […]
Benedict XVI is set to appoint Hildegard von Bingen as a Doctor of the Church in October of 2012. Living in the 12th-century, she was a German Benedictine nun known for her visions and prophecies. A multi-talented woman, she was also a composer, philosopher, physicist, and ecologist — a pioneer in many of these fields […]
Christmas is a great time to invite friends & family back to Mass On November 27, the first Sunday of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year in the Church, Roman Catholics across the English-speaking world began using a new translation of the Roman Missal. The revisions provide a more literal English translation […]
December 13 is the Feast of Saint Lucy. This martyred saint’s devotion to Jesus and act of charity can shine as a bright witness. Here are some unique ways to honor this beloved saint. Santa Lucia, ora pro nobis!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us and watch over all nations of the Americas, pregnant women, and especially the poor and oppressed.
I enjoyed this take on Mendel’s Hallelujah Chorus by some creative ‘silent monks.’ Hmmm, I wonder what it would take to get the Conception Abbey monks to perform this in a similar fashion? Continued Advent blessings to you all! (H/T The Faithful Traveler)