When it comes to gift-giving, our culture tells us that more, and cheaper, is better during this Christmas season — but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this is the perfect time to start the practice of living and shopping with an increased awareness of our power as consumers; we’re poised and … Continued
The feast day of St. John of the Cross is celebrated on December 14. A Carmelite priest, we remember St. John as a reformer, mystic-poet, and psychologist-theologian. He was the spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. St. John of the Cross it the patron saint of mystics. Get to know more about St. John … Continued
Every Christmas, my mom’s side of the family meets up at my grandma’s house, and each family brings a gift to pass out to the others. You know the type — brownie mix layered in jars, homemade peanut brittle, the occasional mixed CD. A few years ago, my aunt and uncle veered from the usual … Continued
Photo credit: Archdiocese of Washington Growing up, our church had three Sunday Mass times — 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. My dad worked as a high school principal and is an early riser, so our family attended the bright and early 7:30 Mass nearly every week. There were not many children at those … Continued
Christmas is the season of giving — both in giving gifts and giving back. This year, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) created an ethical shopping holiday gift guide, to “put Christmas back in your shopping, with ethically produced gifts that uplift a world of people.” Embrace a spirit of intentional generosity this season by putting ethically … Continued
Stained glass is one of the Church’s most iconic art forms. Judson Studios in Los Angeles is reviving this art with a new technique. “What fusing does differently is it replaces a lot the darkness with a lot of light,” says lead artist Tim Carey.
Most times, ‘leisure’ doesn’t mean sitting around doing nothing. Often, leisure can refer to an activity that rejuvenates you and helps you step back from the things that build up stress (work, relationships, pondering life, etc.). In the book Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words, the leader of the Catholic Church noted, “Together … Continued
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