Category: Liturgical Seasons

Seven Quick Takes: My New Book on Fatima

1. I am so excited to share with you my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. It is now available for pre-order at TAN Books and at Amazon. Here is a description of my book: Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady...

Ash Wednesday: Beginning the Journey into the Desert

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Joel 2: 12-13 It’s that time of year again — the time of both internal and external recollection...

Lenten Reading 2017

With Lent upon us, it’s time to consider what you will be reading to help you grow in holiness. Here are my recommendations: 1. Bringing Lent Home with St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle –This is one of my all-time Lenten favorites. You can read my review at the National Catholic Register.   2. How To Be Holy: First...

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...

7 Quick Takes: Christmas Edition

1.  The Christmas lights in Wichita this year have been amazing! On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, which is characterized by joy, we went out to view the lights around the city.  Here is just a sampling of what we saw. Enjoy!   2.  I had my own Christmas miracle this past week, I signed a contract with TAN Books/St. Benedict Press. Praise...

Eleven Easy Ways to Evangelize at Christmas

Christmas is the origin of Christian evangelization in the world because the primary Eucharistic event of our faith is the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Living Word made flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is He offers Himself to us Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the...

Seven Quick Takes: Advent-Christmas Mix

This will be very quick, as Christmas is coming soon and I have barely begun to prepare for the season. I have been preparing spiritually for Christ’s coming during this Advent season, however, which is more important than preparing materially. I have been attending daily Mass, going to Confession on a frequent basis, and praying the Rosary and the Chaplet once or twice a day....

Advent wreath

Ten Fascinating Facts about Advent

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” The Advent Season always begins four Sundays before Christmas; so it is rarely four full weeks long, but only between three and four weeks, depending on what weekday Dec. 25 happens to be in a certain year. The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday” (from Latin, meaning “Rejoice!),...

Twelve Tips to a Holy 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...