The feast of the Holy Family, which is situated appropriately between Christmas and New Year’s Day, serves as a context for the events it bridges: the birth of Christ and the octave of Mary. Living in a loving manner sometimes can be most difficult within the family (the domestic Church), where intimate conflicts yield deep wounds, and where routine and familiarity can breed contempt and complacency. So we look to the Holy Family as models of fraternal love in a world of fractured family life and institutions. You’ll find the entire reflection online.
Five ways to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas
The feast of St. Nicholas on December sixth is a great time to celebrate the life of the beloved fourth-century bishop. Here’s his fascinating story, and five ways to celebrate with your kids.
Making Epiphany more than an undecorating day
Maybe you aren’t among those who have your decorates down and put away by the evening of January 1. For me, though, there’s a temptation to treat Epiphany as my […]
Celebrating all of the Christmas season
Merry Christmas! Because it’s still Christmas! It’s a whole SEASON that begins on December 25 and stretches until the Baptism of the Lord! But don’t let that overwhelm you. (There’s enough […]
St. Lucy, light the way!
St. Lucy was a fourth-century martyr, whose name and feast day are associated with light. In Norway, children light candles and bring pastries called Lussekattor to their parents on the […]