Winter Finally Arrived

Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, the weather has turned colder. Winter finally arrived. Until last week it appeared that we might have a very mild winter. We had little snow, only flurries, and a couple days when rain turned to sleet and then a bit of snow. But nothing really serious, until the arrival of cold...

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

In this reading we find the ancient prayer of blessing which God gave to Moses to hand on to Aaron and his sons: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24–25). A Word...

The Tale of a Classic Christmas Song

ALTHOUGH the names of Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne may not be familiar, they composed many popular songs together, including “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” recorded by Bobby Vinton. Their masterpiece, however, is “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Many people mistakenly assume this Christmas classic has been around...

A Church without Joy Is Unthinkable

Today’s blog is by Diane Houdek and is taken from her book The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis. The human heart desires joy. We all desire joy, every family, every people aspires to happiness. But what is the joy that the Christian is called to live out and bear witness to? It is the...

What Are Your Blessings?

This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots...

Thanksgiving Day

“What are you thankful for?” That question triggers reflection on this national holiday. I allow events of the past to run through my mind and I invite you to do the same. I remember as a child making and coloring turkeys in art classes, doing a play for the PTA with costumes of Pilgrims and Native...

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