Tag: Christmas

Giving up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas

Giving up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | January 7, 2016

A lot of people give up a lot of things for Lent. I give up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas.

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Pope Francis delivers his Christmas blessing

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas blessing

| December 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis deliver his annual Christmas blessing “urbi et orbi” on Christmas Day

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Joy to the World!

Joy to the World!

| December 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas from the staff of The Catholic Spirit!

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EWTN to broadcast Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

EWTN to broadcast Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

| December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

EWTN Christmas program schedule

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Christmas comes with pain but hope for displaced families in Iraq

Christmas comes with pain but hope for displaced families in Iraq

| Oscar Durand | December 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Habiba Daud remembers Christmas in Qaraqosh as beautiful. The festivities would start days before with the preparation of traditional food and desserts. Families celebrated around a large Christmas tree.

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Mary teaches us to hope in her son, Jesus Christ

Mary teaches us to hope in her son, Jesus Christ

| Deacon Barry Reuwsaat | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I was in third grade, I spent many days playing backyard football with my friends. On one particular occasion, I was tackled on the cement and fractured my left collarbone. I got up and walked home to see my mother for help.

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How are you preparing a way for the Lord?

How are you preparing a way for the Lord?

| Deacon Charles Mugabi | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Growing up, I observed how my family prepares for visitors. Whenever we expect a relative, friend, priest or government official, we prepare a couple of things to show hospitality, depending on how long the visitor is staying. Usually, we clean the house thoroughly, including the back yard, washrooms and couches, prepare good food, and, if a visitor is staying for a couple of days, then his or her bed is properly made. My family takes time to prepare for visitors so that they can experience a warm welcome and feel at home.

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Silent night: Listening in Advent

Silent night: Listening in Advent

| Elizabeth Kelly | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last October, I took my 82-year-old mom on a silent retreat. The priest who led the weekend told the following story.

He had been teaching second-graders when the subject of prayer arose and he simply asked, “How do you talk to Jesus?” Hands shot up. The first child called upon said, “First, you have to shut up.”

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Advent

Advent

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

We don’t like waiting for anything — for traffic lights, for weight loss or even commercials that interrupt our favorite shows.

This contemporary abhorrence of waiting stands in stark contrast to Mary. Her graceful patience is something to consider, especially as Catholics begin the prayerful preparation of Advent.

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Advent: What do we desire?

Advent: What do we desire?

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

So what’s our response, as Catholics wishing to celebrate Advent? Not shop? Not read the papers, watch TV or listen to the radio? Not go anywhere?

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Waiting in the midst of a culture that does not want us to wait

Waiting in the midst of a culture that does not want us to wait

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’re old enough to remember Mr. Rogers, whose “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” children’s program ran on public television for years, you may remember his song, “Let’s think of something to do while we’re waiting.”

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Christmas opera’s spirit reaches beyond the stage

Christmas opera’s spirit reaches beyond the stage

| Susan Klemond | November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Proceeds from ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ performances to benefit local charitable causes

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