The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

My strawberry-blond, freckled-faced, non-stop mother, Jeannine, was the youngest of four and as such was hopelessly spoiled. Nicknamed “Peaches,” she was a very welcome addition

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Austerity for Christmas

I recently realized how I naturally put on the classical, jazz or fado (traditional Portuguese music) radio stations in my car, without any sacrifice at

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The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

We all have things that regularly appear in our prayer petitions. Some are wants, some needs, and some are desires. As the saying goes, “God

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Spending My Christmas in Whoville

In the Christmas classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the residents of Whoville wake up on Christmas morning to find none of their Christmas

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Advent

Living the Season of Advent

It’s that time of year, Advent; time to begin making out our lists for family, friends, and even ourselves. The cards, the presents, the food

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The Amazing Advent(ure)

We all have our own thoughts about the season preceding Christmas.  Some of these thoughts might be grounded in solid theological understanding, after all, it

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Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

One day in December, our new priest led an Advent reflection in the school gym and asked the students, “Who is waiting for the birth of a new

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Advent: A Season of Waiting

The Advent season is now upon us. Most people around us seem to be hurrying about looking for the perfect gift, putting up decorations, and

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Christmas: Biblical Reflections

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 6, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment.] With Christmas coming up

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