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What's on Your Christmas Wishlist?Maureen Crowley Heil

If you're like me and are of a certain age, your Christmas list shrinks every year. My husband and I promised each other early on that power tools and kitchen gadgets were not personal gifts. They ...

Kingdom comeScott Hahn

"The kingdom of heaven is at hand," John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring. The Lord whom John prepares the ...

The light of Ordinary TimesLucia A. Silecchia

When I was a child, astronomy fascinated me. I was stunned to learn that the light gleaming from the stars I saw was actually ancient light that had left those stars thousands, hundreds of thousands, ...

Keeping Lord's day holyFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I write to ask for guidelines on the Third Commandment -- keeping holy the Lord's day. I do not consider some of the things that I do to be work -- cooking, for example, minor cleanups, mowing, trimming, ...

The heart of the kingJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I'm still catching up on the first four seasons, but I've really enjoyed watching "The Crown." To me, the mix of history, personality, and morality play is completely engaging. So much so that ...

In Mission, Always Expect the Unexpected!Maureen Crowley Heil

Traveling to donor sites around the world has given me the opportunity to meet incredible people and experience more than I ever thought I could. As a girl at St. Michael School in Hudson, Massachusetts, ...

In a dark hourScott Hahn

Jesus exaggerates in today's Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. Christ occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss ...

Travels through Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

"Over the river and through the woods ..." "From Atlantic to Pacific, gee the traffic is terrific ..." Popular songs in our canon of carols and songs have travel as a key theme. The jarring reference ...

Holy Communion without Mass?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. This morning, I went to weekday Mass, as is my custom. Due to a heavy snowstorm in the area, I was the only person there, so the priest decided not to celebrate Mass. I asked whether I could receive ...

To have and to holdJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Last weekend, we traveled to Pennsylvania for our youngest son's wedding. It was wonderful to have so much of our family together. But the best part of all the festivities was absolutely the joy that ...