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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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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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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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Merry Christmas from The Catholic Spirit and the Archdiocese St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

| December 18, 2014

One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is its music. As you know, I like to sing, but what truly moves me is the rhythm and cadence of the notes and the power of the words; these really touch my heart when I listen to Christmas songs. I like to include music in the Mass, sometimes in prayer, sometimes even in my homily, because the chords and chorus join in unity, as our voices together rise up as one to give honor and praise to God.

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Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“My favorite book of the year is ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ by the pope who gives me hope.”

That’s the word from Father Greg Esty, and he’s not alone in enjoying Pope Francis’ work; it appears on the top 10 list of book sales at St. Patrick’s Guild, then St. Paul merchant of religious goods. Father Esty, who is pastor of St. Genevieve in Centerville, was one of several clergy who responded to a Catholic Spirit email survey that asked what books they either were giving as Christmas gifts or recommending to others.

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