Stand for Life

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Today we remember Roe v. Wade, that awful Supreme Court decision that sits...

That’s My Little Girl

Last night my oldest daughter, Maddie, left on a bus filled with her high school classmates. Their destination? Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. It was her idea. She said she wanted to experience what it felt like to be part of a group coming together for a common cause. Of course, my husband,...

Holy Family

The Sunday between Christmas and New Year is the feast of the Holy Family—Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, so it seems natural to celebrate the Holy Family today. Christmas is a family affair. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a popular Christmas melody that expresses...

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...

Advent-plus

Last weekend I got out the ladder and joined my neighbors in our annual campaign to dress up our street for Christmas. Our Jewish neighbors understandably abstain from Christmas decorations, but they’ll certainly bring refreshments to the neighborhood party. We’ve got a great sense of community...

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