LOOKING BACK: Eight Really Big Stories from “Seasons of Grace”

What do readers want in a good Catholic blog? As the year draws to a close, I've taken a few minutes this week to look back at what on this blog, exactly, elicited the most interest from my readers.Can you equate pageviews with quality? I don't think so.Is the most popular article also the most important? Not necessarily.But looking back at the top stories of the last year (or the last five years) can be a great parlor game, a fun-packed trip down Memory Lane. It's with that carefree … [Read more...]

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He’s Coming! The Great O Antiphons

He’s coming!  And as the Church anticipates the coming of the Messiah at Christmas, we sing the joyful O Antiphons at Vespers during this last week of Advent.Each of the O Antiphons reminds us of a different title for Christ, highlighting one of his attributes; and each refers to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. *     *     *     *     * The O Antiphons are:December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse … [Read more...]

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I LOVE THE ROSE CANDLE! The Significance of Gaudete Sunday

How often a good idea finds expression in the rich liturgy and tradition of the Church!GAUDETE SUNDAY is a case in point.  The word gaudete (pronounced gow dĕ’ tā)—Latin for “rejoice”—is actually the first word of the Introit (Entrance antiphon) of the Mass for that day.  And rejoice, we do!But first, about ADVENT:  The word means “coming” or “arrival”; and during the four weeks of Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.  The air is rife with expecta … [Read more...]

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