You know you’re Catholic when…
I made my residents do that last night. I loved playing Saint Nick
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By all means, have yourself a merry little Christmas, but before all that jingle-jangle, don’t forget to have yourself a worthy, watchful Advent.
Here is a gift bag of practical and spiritual resources to guide you through this period of waiting and expectation. If you’re having trouble keeping the season bright in the midst of shopping and parties, return to this page throughout Advent (and the 12 days of Christmas) for spiritual refreshment.
Don’t forget to share it with your friends.
Happy Advent to you all from the editors of U.S. Catholic!
Woohoo! An end to global poverty and suffering is in sight, but there is still much more work for us to do.
By Kevin Clarke
Image: Illustration by Angela Cox
The famous food author Michael Pollan insists there’s much to be gained from sitting around the table and sharing a home-cooked meal. “We’re consuming food carelessly with no sense of ceremony, no sense of community,” he says. “We’re eating alone. Twenty percent of food in America is eaten in the car. That’s not really eating. That’s mindlessly fueling yourself.”
Nothing can make or break a sacred experience quite like the music. It can mean the difference between sublime and sub-par, between fantastic and fiasco, between extraordinary and merely ordinary. When you go to Mass do you like to hear organ music, or do you prefer to clap your hands along with a praise band? Does the sound of a guitar have you singing to the mountains or running for the hills? Take our survey and let us know!
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88 percent of those surveyed agreed that couples today put too much emphasis on their wedding day rather than preparing for a long, healthy marriage. See the results on what U.S. Catholic readers thought about destination weddings at uscatholic.org.
Who says that all the top positions in the church need to go to priests and bishops?
Even Pope Francis, while he has dismissed the possibility of women’s ordination, acknowledged in his September interview in the Jesuit magazine America that our challenge today is “to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised….”