35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Five ways to calm down Christmas
By Dan Grippo
This article appeared in the December 1979 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 44, No. 12, pages 23-24).
The Christmas season, amid the hustle and bustle, can leave little time to relax. Dan Grippo offers some suggestions to mellow you out and help you enjoy the things that really matter this time of year.
Christmas. I’m sick of fighting my way into jammed parking lots, being subjected to syrupy renditions of “Silent Night” while riding department store escalators and waiting in cashier lines until my feet ache.
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Light up your Advent: Resources to make the most of the season
Have yourself a merry little Christmas--but don't let Advent pass you by.
Advent is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on. But don't get too hung up on planning for December 25--the four weeks leading up to Christ's birth (and the days after it) are just as important. If you're having some trouble blocking out the holiday madness and settling down for some Advent reflection, here are some essays, blogs, and other resources to help you get in the spirit.
Can commerce and religion go their separate ways this Christmas?
c. 2014 Religion News Service
(RNS) I’ve decided not to worry about the earlier-than-ever start to Christmas commerce this year. Shortly after Halloween, with hardly a nod to Thanksgiving, stores and advertisers began going full-bore on the supposed “Christmas package,” namely, gift-giving, family fun, decorating, and entertaining.
This Thanksgiving, develop an attitude of gratitude
The good news: If you have an attitude of gratitude, it does rub off on your kids.
When I was about 7, the family next door took me out for ice cream. This was a rare treat because they chose Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors, not the local frozen custard stand with only vanilla and chocolate, where my own family normally went. I chose mint chocolate chip, which was delicious. As I got out of the car afterward, I said goodbye. The mother of the family said, “You’re welcome.” I was horrified. I had forgotten to say thank you.
Remembering those who have gone before us
Nothing can compel us to practice hope, that most fragile of virtues. We can only be inspired.
Why is there no patron saint of veterans?
The ranks of the saints are filled with men and women who risked their lives in battle. So why don’t military veterans have a patron of their own?
In the parish church of my youth, my family often sat under a stained glass window that depicted a poor man lying on the ground with his hand out to the Roman officer towering over him. Oddly, the soldier was cutting his own cloak in two. It was a long time before I learned that the Roman was St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of soldiers.
20 years ago in U.S. Catholic: May the circle be unbroken: Why Catholics treasure their saints
By Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
This article appeared in the November 1994 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 59, No. 11, pages 12-16).
Animal house of worship
Dogs, cats, snakes, and police horses convene for a blessing on the feast of St Francis.
Every year, like clockwork, my dogs receive a blessing on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The warranty on the blessing doesn’t wear out, but I don’t want to take any chances on any of my charges. Neither do my fellow parishioners, as the Blessing of the Animals is a big deal in our parish. Everyone seemingly has a critter dependent upon him or her.
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