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7QT: EWTN, Advent, Christmas and More

  1. You can catch me as a guest on EWTN TV. I will be appearing on the pre-recorded At Home with Jim and Joy program airing initially on December 21. Check here for other dates and times, which, I believe, are Eastern. I will be discussing my book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World with them.  2.  This past Sunday, our parish had...

7QT: Christmas Movies for Families

Celeste Holm and Loretta Young in Come to the Stable There seem to be an endless array of Christmas movies to view during this miraculous and grace-filled season. Some have little to do with the real meaning and spirit of Christmas,  while others share the Christmas story and the real reason for the season. Some are great Christmas classics that bring much joy and love...

12 Great Catholic Books to Give as Christmas Gifts

Here are twelve of my favorite books that will make great Christmas gifts: Teens and Adults (Catholic Romance): Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable is the first book in her new inspirational religious fiction series Great War Great Love. Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl Teens and Adults (Marian Books): Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the...

Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

On December 6, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Nicholas, the real Santa Claus. He was a priest and bishop acclaimed for his charity and his love of children and the poor. Saint Nicholas was born during the fourth century in Patra, a village on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an...

Five Favorite Advent Hymns to Celebrate the Season

While the world around us celebrates Christmas, as faithful Catholics, we live out the Advent season in our lives. We put up the Advent wreath, pray more fervently, and perform extra acts of  spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This year, I want to focus on the beauty of the Advent season and prepare for the coming on Christ at Christmas. One way to do...

Twelve Tips for a Holier Advent Season

The liturgical season of Advent begins on the first Sunday in Advent, opening a new year in our Church’s Calendar. Advent is from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called...

St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena begins November 30

Image: Adoration of the Child – Gerard van Honthorst During Advent, one Catholic tradition is to pray the St. Andrew Christmas novena. The feast of St. Andrew, which takes places on November 30, marks the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of a new year with the start of Advent. In fact, the Sunday that falls nearest to St. Andrew’s feast day is always...

The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Film Description In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day Bo finds the courage to break free and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. Mary’s kindness soon sets Bo on...

Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable: A Book Review

Julia’s Gifts by Catholic author Ellen Gable is the first book in her new inspirational religious fiction series Great War Great Love. I am honored to partcipate in the blog tour for this book. From Philadelphia to war-torn France, follow Julia as she transitions from unworldly young woman to compassionate volunteer… As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose...

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16 – 17 Today the Church celebrates the Feast of...