St. Martin de Porres was the first black saint of the Americas. He is one of the most beloved black saints in the world. His unconditional love for all people—regardless of race or wealth—is an example we need today.
Candles are lit, the petite white gown has been donned by a squirming infant, and now the celebrant turns to the parents holding the child and solemnly asks: “What name do you give your child?” In reply, you might hear: Ashley Elizabeth... David Joseph... Mary Joy... Justin Michael… There’s nothin[...]
Unfortunately, for many of us Catholics, First Holy Communion has become simply a right of passage. The essence of the celebration is lost among the parties and gifts. "Parties and gifts are fine," says one priest, "as long as the focus never strays from what the celebration is truly about."
The Christmas Posadas tradition begins! Las Posadas is a wonderful 400+ year old Advent celebration in many Latin countries. This Catholic Christmas tradition was brought to Mexico in the 16th century by Spanish Augustinian friars as they evangelized the New World. Today the Las Posadas continues to be a wonderful way share and[...]
The blessing of baby Jesus figurines is an event that takes place at the Vatican each year. Children observe this annual tradition by bringing the baby Jesus figure from their family nativity scene to St. Peter's Square for a special papal blessing.
Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne & Joachim on July 26th. An ancient story dating to the first centuries of the Church’s life recalls how Saints Anne & Joachim, like Abraham and Sarah, were scorned by their neighbors because they had no children.
How are we as Catholic Christians and Americans supposed to celebrate this great day? John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our country, wrote this about how to celebrate the fourth of July:
If you are invited to a Quinceañera celebration, a very special gift for the young lady is expected from guests. Godparents (padrinos) are usually the sponsors for the bouquet, the “last doll,” sometimes for the limousine, and even the gown—so thank God for padrinos! And boys don’t get to have such a party, so it’s good to be a[...]
Even if you are not Latin American, you've probably heard the word Quinceanera before. You may even have witnessed such a ceremony for a teen girl at a church. A Quinceanera is the beginning of a celebration called Fiesta Rosa (Pink Party), where a fifteen-year-old girl celebrates her coming-of-age. Quinceañera means "fifteen ye[...]
Graduation, a wonderful time, opens the door for a different kind of life to begin. I graduated from college only a few years ago; not long enough for me to forget the mixed emotions that came along with throwing my cap into the air. Remember that this is the beginning. Be proud of your degree, but if you have regrets about whet[...]