Guest Bloggers

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Steubenville Group Sends 50 Missionaries Worldwide

Ad Gentes Mission (www.adgentesmission.org) was established in 2017 to assist independent lay missionaries with planning and executing missions throughout the world. Founded by Franciscan University of Steubenville graduate Heather Perry and...

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St. Nicholas Speaks, Love's Pure Light, Shepherds’ Carol

I'd like to present my semi-historical poem about St. Nicholas (2012), another one of mine from 2001, that’s almost like a mini-catechism, and Shepherds’ Carol (2010).    St. Nicholas Speaks My name is St. Nicholas; and from the 4th century I...

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How to Reclaim Advent from the Tinsel of the Season

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… except we’re supposed to spend this time looking a lot like the Holy Family, seeking to break into the world with joy and light by being fully present. So how do we reclaim this holy time of...

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Telling the Story of the Shroud of Turin

Lee Sweeney is director of the Shroud Center of Southern California (https://www.shroudcenter.com/ or https://santiagoretreatcenter.org/shroud-center/). The Center was founded in 1996 by Dr. August Accetta to tell the story of the Shroud of...

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O Little Town and Bethlehem: Keeping Christmas Local

One of the most discouraging things about small town America is the way that corporate gigantism has ripped its heart out. This is made all too painfully evident when I drive on the back roads to Charlotte from my home in South Carolina, which is...

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Christmas Poems: Jesus’ Carol/Carol of the Angels

I really enjoy writing Christmas poems, and have composed fourteen since 1996. It's a very different form of writing for an apologist like myself, whose subject matter is almost exclusively non-fiction, so it's a fun challenge every time I set...

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An Unknown Patroness: The Immaculate Conception

Every year for the past eight years or so, our family has had the tradition of taking annual patron saints. This has been the source of some specific blessings, even beyond that gift of coming to know and have the patronage of a heavenly friend...

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What Jesus Wants of Us

In the Gospel of Saint Luke, we get the story of Jesus coming home to Nazareth and teaching in the synagogue. The people come to bask in the glow of his celebrity. They took pleasure in proximity, in being able to say they “knew” Jesus. They knew...

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Kids in Alabama and Alaska Connect to Pray the Rosary

Heidi Doudna is a facilitator of the Children’s Rosary group for homeschoolers at Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks, Alaska. Children’s Rosary was launched by Blythe Kaufman of West Hartford, Connecticut, in 2011 in an effort begun by her...

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The Secret Society of St. Nicholas

We were on our way to Confirmation prep class and our eldest boy, who was 13 at the time, was talking about Christmas and Santa Claus. After a bit, I asked him, “Do you still believe in Santa Claus?” “Yes.” He replied confidently. “Lots of my...