Too often, we view the Nativity in a sentimental way. Teresa Kidron reminds us of the earthliness that characterized the stable at Bethlehem and the significance of the humble, meager conditions amidst which Christ was born.
Silence: An Underrated Theme of Christmas
There’s a unique quality about Christmas, one often described as the “Christmas spirit” that seems to unite people from all walks of life together in a profound way, regardless of whether they are Christian or not. What is this special something that bonds people together? Vir Christi suggests that it is silence.
An Advent Meditation on the Angelus
Vir Christi reflects upon the verses of the Angelus and the variety and abundance of spiritual fruits to be reaped by praying this simple Catholic prayer.
The Joyful Mysteries: A Meditation on Maintaining Presence of God
Recently, I’ve been focusing on the theme of the Presence of God while praying the Joyful Mysteries. Maintaining a sense of God’s Presence is, I think, the key to attaining holiness in ordinary life. What is holiness but allowing God to form Himself in our lives so that all we do is truly His?
Preparing for Christmas by Embracing the Ordinary
I was recently reflecting on the Presentation and Simeon’s surprising enthusiasm at meeting Jesus. He’d waited so long and patiently for the Messiah, and what did he see?
Celebrating Advent at St. Joseph’s Shelf
November’s at an end, and it seems we barely scratched the surface with the topic of “Suffering with Christ”. Don’t worry, we’ve got it noted down as something to cover more of in the future.
To decorate for the season of Advent, starting December 1st, we’ll have an Advent wreath….