Compared to Christmas, Easter and Lent, Advent is the Maytag repairman of liturgical seasons. Hardly anybody calls on it. To many, Advent may seem like four weeks of the priest wearing purple vestments at Mass, while people are otherwise hurtling about trying to get ready for Christmas. The sentiment is understandable, since Walmart posted Christmas displays in stores even before Halloween was over, and some radio station in virtually every city of any size has been playing nothing but Christmas songs since before Veterans Day.Read More.
Before donning the habit of a Christian Brother in 1962, Brother James Miller wore the bib overalls of a Wisconsin farm boy. While in his green work clothes, repairing a wall outside of the Casa Indigena De La Salle — his religious community’s school for indigenous boys in Huehuetenango, Guatemala — Brother Miller, 37, was gunned down by three men Feb. 13, 1982. Nearly 37 years after his death, Brother Miller will be beatified during Mass Dec. 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Huehuetenango. He will be the first American-born Christian Brother declared blessed.Read More.
How does one go from being a widowed mother of five children to a best-selling suspense writer with a huge international following? If you happen to be Mary Higgins Clark, you would point to nothing more than persistence, taking advantage of opportunities and plain hard work. Author of 40 suspense novels, four short-story collections, two children’s books, a historical novel and an enduring memoir, Higgins Clark released her latest work, “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” in November.Read More.
At the Last Supper, Jesus told the apostles to take his body and his blood. But Christ knew that Judas was in a state of serious sin. So how could he have let him receive? (Alexandria, Louisiana)Read More.