These two new children’s books published by Ignatius/Magnificat by well-known author/illustrator Maïte Roche make excellent Christmas gifts. (P.S., they’re good for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atriums, too!)
A few truths about me: I love reading aloud to my kids. It’s my favorite way to “waste time” with them. I could spend all day in a library reading children’s books. Advent is my favorite liturgical season. In my home educator role, I’m learning that I’m energized when I can pick a little from here, […]
The Friday Photo Challenge word for the day is love. How about an “all-things-we-LOVE-right-now-at-DasHausSchmidt” 7 Quick Takes style?
Epiphany is the Rodney Dangerfield of Christian holidays. It gets no respect; most of us are done celebrating Christmas by New Year’s Day. However, beginning with the Annunciation, so much of the liturgical calendar is pointing directly at Epiphany. Let’s take a look at how we get there in 10 easy steps.
A dedication to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – “The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic church called to pray together. The family is the domestic church and must be the first school of prayer…”
On this third day of Christmas, Holy Mother Church gives us more gifts to unwrap today – the feast of St. John the Apostle, the “eagle of theology,” and the symbolism between three French hens, the wisemen, and Epiphany.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … the feast of St. Stephan, Boxing Day, and the scriptural significance of two turtle doves.
A Rembrandt painting of the Nativity and a Christmas poem by G.K. Chesterton.
Has the commercialization of Christmas turned you into Scrooge? Rather than just making lists, baking cookies, hanging stockings, and wrapping presents, spend some time preparing your heart for the birth of our Savior by actually celebrating Advent. Here are some practical suggestions.
Happy Epiphany! This is the cover of the English-language January 2012 edition of Magnificat. It features “Adoration of the Magi,” an illumination from the Hours of Henry VIII, Tours, France, circa 1500. © The Pierpont Morgan Library / Art Resource / Scala, Florence I found the commentary by Pierre-Marie Dumont quite enlightening: “In the fourth century, Byzantine […]