It’s Bambinelli Sunday! A Timeless Tradition Prepares Our Hearts for Christ

Bambinelli Sunday

In the 1200s, St. Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas Creche, which helped to make the local townspeople aware of the Christmas story.  St. Bonaventure, bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 1274, told the story in his biography of Francis: It happened in the third year before his death, that in order to excite the inhabitants of Grecio to commemorate the nativity of the Infant Jesus with great devotion, [St. Francis] determined to keep it with all possible solemnity; and lest … [Read more...]

Holy Mass – LIVE From the Milk Grotto

Have you ever heard of the Milk Grotto? Well, I sure hadn’t, until last year.  The Milk Grotto (officially Magharet Sitti Mariam, “Grotto of the Lady Mary”) is a peaceful grotto located just a few minutes away from Bethlehem’s Manger Square.According to tradition, the Holy Family took refuge in the Milk Grotto during Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt.  There in the grotto, Mary nursed the newborn Jesus; and while she was nursing, a drop of milk fell to the gr … [Read more...]

The Holy Right: Unpacking the Mystery of Relics

Yesterday I talked about St. Stephen of Hungary—but how did I forget to tell you THIS part of the story?!During his lifetime, good King Stephen, first Christian king of the Hungarians, had offered the Hungarian people to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  As he lie on his deathbed—his right hand holding high the Holy Crown—Stephen prayed, asking Our Lady to be the Queen of the Hungarians. As part of the investigation leading up to the canonization of St. Stephen, first Christian king of Hungary, … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X