Lent lingers. It lasts for weeks, requiring patience and a commitment that spans not hours or days but more than a month.
Is this a problem for Christian churches that celebrate Ash Wednesday, calling attention away from a solemn liturgical observance to a lighthearted, sometimes silly secular holiday? No.
If you’re desperate for an alternative to the thin musical gruel of holiday playlists, then the hymns and carols of Advent offer a remarkable and lovely respite of truth and preparation.
Most Americans’ knowledge of Our Lady of Guadalupe probably extends to recognizing the famous image of Mary, often found in the homes and businesses of many Mexican-Americans.
The Christian church year marries the Christmas season with looking forward to the end of the world. It’s not just cuddly baby Jesus, but Jesus the eternal judge. And it makes sense.
The New Testament provides only glimpses of Mary Magdalene and only the subtlest hints about her status in society. Writers since then have attempted to fill in the blanks with conjecture.
The most famous holiday on my mother’s side features green beer, public intoxication, forced affection from strangers, and a customary meal that smells unpleasant.
If you are observing Lent this year, here is a suggested listening list to assist you in your spiritual journey.
Whether you’ve been particularly observant in the past or not, Lent is a wonderful time to delve deeply into the spiritual side of your life, and to enjoy good food with other believers.
Lights do not shine in darkness unless darkness predominates. Darkness is how we come to know that light, not darkness, has positive substance, a substance not to be taken for granted.
We cheat ourselves when we go straight from Thanksgiving to Christmas without fully appreciating the opportunity Advent offers for reflection, preparation, and joyful anticipation.
Far more than just a pre-Christmas warm up, this season in the church year is worthwhile to celebrate and observe, all on its own. Here are some easy ways.
Centuries of Christian tradition with some modern tweaks help our family prepare for and celebrate Christmas as it was meant to be.
Especially for those bummed out about where our politics are going, today’s feast day of Ascension offers comfort.
For New Year’s resolutions, you can’t beat emulating Mary and Joseph, who rival any contemporary ‘lifehacker’ or productivity guru by living with clarity, goal-directedness, and discipline.
Here’s how Bishop Nicholas of Myra became Santa Claus and the real reasons to celebrate him.
Swing into Christmas with joy instead of frenzy. Here are ten ways to help you marinate in the season with Advent.
Consider the value of Good Friday from the perspective of a liturgical calendar minimalist
Here are some quick ideas to help you celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas without further cluttering your mind and calendar.
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