The Littlest Among Us

Over the weekend, my husband’s parents took our three children to church. When we returned home, my mother-in-law stated that “Father had to stop Mass.” I said, “I hope not for one of MY children.” She excitedly replied, “Yes!” and went on to tell me the story. They had wanted to sit in the...

Filipino Christmas

Every culture develops special ways for celebrating Christmas. The Christmas crèche, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, and so forth are found in various forms wherever there are Christians. In the Philippines Catholics celebrate the Christmas Novena from December 16 until the Christmas mid-night...

Do They Know It’s Eid al-Fitr?

Feed the World! You’ve heard this song a thousand times…today. It is ubiquitous at this time of year and, while as saccharine as many of its musical cohort, at least has the silver lining of having contributed in some positive way toward global well being. Or so we thought. The song’s...

A Living Church

The Friars Minor staff 50 shrines in Israel, the Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Egypt. They staff or help sponsor 16 schools with approximately 10,000 students of various religions. Friar parishes are in Akko, Beit Hanina, Bethany, Bethlehem, Cana, Jaffa, Jericho, Jerusalem (St....

The Call to Joy—And Our Response

My new favorite book—Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy: The Essential Guide to The Joy of the Gospel—was written by our co-worker Diane Houdek and published by Franciscan Media. By taking a closer look at what Pope Francis wrote in his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,”...

Remember the Date

In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis says, “the believer is ‘one who remembers.’” And one of the ways we remember the important markers in our faith journey is by recalling significant dates—holy days, saints’ days, Christmas, Easter. The pope...

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