Special section: Resources for Holy Week

By Online editor| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Holy Thursday

I could have prayed all night
Catherine O'Connell-Cahill tells of her family's annual Holy Thursday auto rally to seven Chicago churches.

Feet first
Planning to get your Triduum off on the right foot? Or is it the left? Gabe Huck explains why Holy Thursday's washing of the feet offers a profound and gentle redirection to Resurrection.


Who invented Advent?

By Victoria M. Tufano| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

The easy answer to that question is, we, the church, did. The feasts and seasons of the liturgical year all developed from the church’s desire to remember, celebrate, and live the great mysteries of our faith.

The answer gets more complicated when we realize that these seasons originated centuries ago and developed independently in different places, spreading, combining, and sometimes dying out.

Before we can talk about Advent, we have to talk about Christmas, obviously, and, less obviously, Epiphany.


Following Saint Francis in today's world

By John Litwinovich | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
To the well-known saint, the most important human right is the right to love.

We live in a society that highly values perceived rights. People advocate for equal rights, a right to life, a right to die, a right to choose, a right to bear arms and a vast array of other tenets, some of them engraved in our Bill of Rights. Most advocates adorn their righteous causes with cloaks of freedom, fairness, or equality. Many of them are deeply caring and committed in their efforts.


Following Saint Francis in today's world

By John Litwinovich | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
To the well-known saint, the most important human right is the right to love.

We live in a society that highly values perceived rights. People advocate for equal rights, a right to life, a right to die, a right to choose, a right to bear arms and a vast array of other tenets, some of them engraved in our Bill of Rights. Most advocates adorn their righteous causes with cloaks of freedom, fairness, or equality. Many of them are deeply caring and committed in their efforts.


Who invented the nativity scene?

By Kathleen Manning| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
If you missed the feast of Francis of Assisi in October, the Christmas season offers another opportunity to commemorate the saint. Anyone who has erected a nativity scene is following Francis’ 13th-century example.

O come let us get ready

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality Marriage and Family Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In the pre-Christmas rush, take time for Advent. 

Jamie and Carol and their four children, ages 9 to 15, try to avoid looking at any Christmas decorations before Advent begins. It’s a playful practice with a deeper meaning.

“We love to shop, and our favorite store hangs up their Christmas decorations in September,” Carol says. “We actually turn our heads, hold up our hands to shield our eyes, and say, ‘Don’t look! It’s not even Advent yet.’ ”


Good shepherd: Father Stan Rother

By John Rosengren| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

On my first visit to Guatemala, I stayed with a priest who brought me to the neighboring village of Santiago Atitlán, where he told me the story of Father Stan Rother. The American missionary, caught in the middle of Guatemala’s civil war, wound up on a death list because the military government interpreted his charitable acts as subversive. Rother fled back home to Oklahoma for a brief exile but then decided to return to his parish. The pastor could not abandon his flock. “The shepherd cannot run,” he explained to friends.


Good shepherd: Father Stan Rother

By John Rosengren| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

On my first visit to Guatemala, I stayed with a priest who brought me to the neighboring village of Santiago Atitlán, where he told me the story of Father Stan Rother. The American missionary, caught in the middle of Guatemala’s civil war, wound up on a death list because the military government interpreted his charitable acts as subversive. Rother fled back home to Oklahoma for a brief exile but then decided to return to his parish. The pastor could not abandon his flock. “The shepherd cannot run,” he explained to friends.


Magic act

By Angelo Stagnaro| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
With a little sleight of hand and a lot of laughter, John Bosco connected people to the art of joy.

Pages