Catholics in our country are barely aware that our coreligionists around the world are persecuted in dozens of countries.
As we prepare during this Advent season, the sweetest gifts we can give require a commodity more precious than treasure: time.
Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others and make space for Jesus who is coming Pope Francis said Dec. 10, the second Sunday of Advent.
Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world.
The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new church year, and for some Catholic families, the liturgical “New Year” is tied to special traditions at home.
As we begin the season of Advent, we should think about the ways in which we can welcome Jesus Christ into our heart.