You Won’t Believe These Nativity Sets — 2021!

Matt Vander Vennet Matt Vander Vennet currently resides somewhere in central Illinois. Matt is a doctoral candidate studying Church History at the Catholic University of America, is currently writing his dissertation, and is the advancement director for a local Catholic high school. Matt holds an M.A. from Holy Apostles College & Seminary and an M.Phil … Lire la suite

The Truth About “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

Unless you’ve been channeling Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants and have been living under a rock for your entire life, you’ve probably heard the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. If your Catholic, you might’ve also heard that the song was written in code for Catholics at a time when Oliver Cromwell was persecuting Catholics in … Lire la suite

Spending Advent with the Angels

{{PD-US}} Jacob Wresting with an Angel by Gustave Doré Angels are featured prominently throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Often referred to as “messengers,” these heavenly helpers have a huge task: glorifying God, carrying out his will, and helping us attain Heaven so we can glorify Him for all eternity too. Throughout salvation history … Lire la suite

7 Advent Traditions to Should Try

It’s no secret that our Church is home to a lot of beautiful traditions. Traditions are like spices: they add warmth and depth and flavor to the rhythmical cadence of the liturgical year. For most of the secular world, Advent gets lost against the backdrop of the Christmas season. For the Church, however, Advent is … Lire la suite

“Join Together”—the Message of Jolly Pope John XXIII

According to the Nicene Creed, the first of the distinguishing marks of the Catholic Church is unity. Without unity, things tend to fall apart: societies collapse, families fight, and friendships evaporate. Over the course of history the Church has undergone a multitude of developments and faced its share of difficulties threatening unity. Jesus Christ prayed … Lire la suite