Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas Gifts for Priests, 2019 Edition

Each year around this time, folks start arriving at this blog looking for Christmas gift ideas for priests (based on the search terms that the site stats track). I would like to offer some ideas for this year. (My previous … Continue reading

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When Can We Decorate for Christmas?

One of the controversies that one encounters nowadays among conscientious, tradition-minded Catholics concerns the question of when it is “correct” to decorate for Christmas. Stores put out the Christmas items earlier and earlier each year; in many places the local … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to All

Receive my prayers and wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

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Christmas Greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict

It’s time once again for many to start thinking about their Christmas cards. My post last year about sending cards to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict was very popular. I again want to share their addresses, for those who … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards to the Pope and Pope Emeritus

Many people are working on their Christmas cards now that Thanksgiving has passed – I know I’m trying to get my address list finalized! If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and/or Pope Emeritus Benedict, these are … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Becket

With less than an hour to go until the day is over, I want to be sure to post something about St. Thomas Becket, whose feast day is today. A very important saint. And this feast day gives us a … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all readers of my blog! I will remember you in my prayers at my Masses tomorrow. Please pray for me also. Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see: Hail, th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased, as man, with … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Your Christmas Menu

During my three years in Italy I tried a number of delicious dishes, but there is one, which I had towards the end, that really stands out in my mind – for its wonderful flavor, and great simplicity. It is … Continue reading

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Another Priest Gift Idea

Is Father’s preaching a little bland? Want to do something about it in a kind way? Get him a great book that he will enjoy reading (or using for reference). I highly recommend this one, Dogma and Preaching: I only recently acquired … Continue reading

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It’s Continuing to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

…at least in the Vatican! Here is a shot I took in St. Peter’s Square this evening: And here is a shot of the Nativity that is inside the Basilica: Several of us from the university I attend had gone … Continue reading

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Magi from the East Visit the Child

The nativity scene in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, with the Three Kings or Magi now in the scene and approaching the Divine Child with their gifts: And the Bambinello – the Baby Jesus –, enshrined on the … Continue reading

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What Mysteries on Which Days?

One of the confusing things about praying the Rosary is deciding which set of “mysteries” to pray on a given day. For those who learned about it from a young age it’s not usually a problem. For those who are … Continue reading

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