Advent is my favorite season. Each year I find myself so grateful that the Church knows just what I need in order to prepare my heart for Christ’s coming. This time of waiting is such a gift that I look forward to it every year—I even long for it!
It is not difficult to see the beauty of the the birth of Christ in the sweet manger scene where the Infant is wrapped in swaddling clothes and adored by Mary and Joseph. Yet, in truth, we are not naive witnesses to this scene.
There are many popular traditions associated with St. Andrew's feast day, especially in those countries that have him as their patron saint. But the most popular St. Andrew's feast day tradition is for everyone. This tradition is a Christmas novena that begins on St. Andrew's feast day.
Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is considered the most solemn part of Holy Week. This three-day period is referred to as the Easter Triduum, also known as the Sacred Triduum, or Paschal Triduum. Basically, the Sacred Triduum is one great festival recounting the last three days of Jesus' life on earth, the e[...]
Most people think that Christmas is over on December 26th. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration has just begun. There is a reason why Christmas is called a season. It does not last for a single day. We've just begun our festival of rejoicing!
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: IN EXPECTATION OF OUR LORDView The Catholic Company's entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here.TODAY'S GOSPELJesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die[...]
Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week of the church year—even more so than Christmas. Beginning with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, and ending with Easter Sunday, Holy Week progresses to its final days with great solemnity. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is referred to[...]
St. Josemaría Escrivá is best known for reminding ordinary Christians to find sanctity in daily life and work. He once wrote, "Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find Him."The quotes below are excerpted from his book The Way. Throughout this mini-manual, St. Josemaría plays the ro[...]
"Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."These words, which derive from the Book of Genesis, were spoken in the liturgy on Ash Wednesday when ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful. We naturally begin this season of Lent with a contemplation of our death.Join us for an in-depth 40-day journey[...]
Catholics everywhere are talking about it. "Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day are on the same day this year. What do we DO?" No worries. The answer is actually pretty simple. We just haven't had to worry about this since 1945, and the coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day won't happen again until 2024. In the meantime,[...]