Wear the Veil Day: Catholic Young Women Veil in Devotion to the Real Presence

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, many young Catholic women across America will be wearing a veil to Mass. I grew up in the pre-Vatican II days when chapel veils or mantillas were de rigueur. All women wore hats or veils to Mass as a sign of reverence. In grade school I wore a round white chapel veil, pinned to my pony tail with a hairpin. Later, Jackie Kennedy popularized the Spanish mantilla; and older girls favored the elegant lace headcovering that dropped to the sh … [Read more...]

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The Christmas Plains: A Sentimental Classic from Joseph Bottum

Joseph Bottum is the kind of storyteller who captures your attention with a straightforward phrase, a wordsmith who tickles the imagination with his own brand of plainspeak, elucidating what you knew all the time but couldn't quite put your finger on. He writes as Everyman describing the human condition, and as a prophet with an eye toward eternity.That the Black Hills of South Dakota should have won him back, home from a successful career in Washington DC and New York, is a major coup for th … [Read more...]

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Under the Christmas Tree: Books for Children of All Ages

Each year during Advent, I've tried to  offer a list of great books for children: silly stories to make kids laugh, picture books that will fill them with wide-eyed wonder, fact books to help them learn, all kinds of titles to tuck under the Christmas tree. This year my mailbox has filled with colorful new story books that are sure to become favorites. I thought I'd share some of them with you--and busy parents can click on the links and have them delivered direct to your mailbox. BOOKS FOR C … [Read more...]

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