Christmas movie tells story of orphans helped by guardian angels

[ad_1] SAN DIEGO (CNS) — When it debuted in late 2018, “Buttons: A Christmas Tale” boasted an impressive number of famous names and familiar faces, and it was shown in select theaters only Dec. 8, 2018. Fortunately for the many who missed their one chance to see it last year, the film is being released on DVD Dec. 3, just in time for the holidays. It was released on digital… Read More »Christmas movie tells story of orphans helped by guardian angels

Mary Calls Us to Embrace the Waiting of Advent

[ad_1] Every year, I reflect on my Advent failures. Lately, I’ve even gotten so that I am thinking about failing before I even begin. While I’m sure there’s a bit of memento mori in all of this, I’m not sure it’s the right approach. It started off well and good: I was reflecting and trying to improve. And then it went sideways, and I almost started to plan to fail.… Read More »Mary Calls Us to Embrace the Waiting of Advent

Advent Reflection—Rejoice in the Holy Spirit with the Lord — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] Detail of Chair of St. Peter Dnalor 01, Rom, Vatikan, Petersdom, Cathedra Petri (Bernini) 4, Detail, CC BY-SA 3.0 An Advent Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such… Read More »Advent Reflection—Rejoice in the Holy Spirit with the Lord — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 337: Helping the Anxiety of Others

[ad_1] In our lives it is almost certain that we will encounter people from time to time who are agitated, upset or worried.  They may obsess about this or that and their thinking may even be somewhat irrational.  What a graced opportunity this is for Mercy.  Anxiety and worry will happen in life and we should not let it draw us in.  We must keep our peace, make the situation… Read More »Reflection 337: Helping the Anxiety of Others

Sharing the Word for December 3, 2019

[ad_1] December 3, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Luke 10:21-24 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/SW_120109_II.mp3   In today’s Gospel from Luke 10 Jesus tells His disciples that the eyes that see what they see are blessed.   And what is it they see? In Jesus the disciples see the fulfillment of God’s plan of creation. They see eternal salvation and happiness. Everything God has promised to His people is present in Jesus. Our… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 3, 2019

Monday of the First Week of Advent

[ad_1] Faith is the center and source of all religious life. We respond with faith to the plan of God that He initiates, unfolds and works out in time. He will bring to perfection all the events of our history. Our faith should be unwavering, founded in a security and confidence that guarantees that God will provide. The father of our faith is Abraham and rightly so, because Abraham believed… Read More »Monday of the First Week of Advent

Advent Reflection—Lord, I am not worthy… — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “Jesus Heals the Centurion’s Servant” (detail) by Paolo Veronese [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons An Advent Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “But the centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.’” (Matthew 8:8) Another Advent Season has begun and we must be sure we know who and where we… Read More »Advent Reflection—Lord, I am not worthy… — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 332: Never Grow Weary of the Cross

[ad_1] The Lord speaks much about sufferings to Saint Faustina.  She suffered much through humiliations and through physical illness.  And Jesus never tired of reminding her that her sufferings take on great power when united to His Cross.  This message must never be forgotten.  Though suffering may not be a “happy” topic, it is a joyous one when properly understood.  When you realize that your sufferings can act as an… Read More »Reflection 332: Never Grow Weary of the Cross

Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs. “Wherever it is, and whatever form it takes, the Christmas creche speaks to us of the love of God, the God… Read More »Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

Part 60 Mini-Course On Prayer

[ad_1] Editor’s note:  This post concludes David Torkington’s series on prayer.  We are grateful for his contributions and invite you to see his note at the end of the post. When I was fifteen I fell in love for the first time. When I heard those magic words ‘I love you,’ I simply wanted to spend the rest of my life returning her love. It is the same when we… Read More »Part 60 Mini-Course On Prayer