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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CATHOLIC SHOES: Wear ‘Em With Pride

You can always recognize the Catholic women on Ash Wednesday, sure enough. They’re the ones going around with Big Black Smudges on their foreheads.But here’s a little tip to help you spot a Catholic in the crowd the rest of the year: Look at her shoes.I’m not much of a fashion plate. Oh, my closet is full, sure enough—but that’s because I HATE to shop and so I save EVERYTHING. That sweater from 10 years ago? Who knows when I’ll have a new suit, and I’ll need a turquoise shell again. The b … [Read more...]

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The Mall of America, the Ladybug, and the Queenship of Mary

I love the Mall of America!  Well, actually, I have two favorite spots there:  I love the restaurant at Nordstrom’s, where  they serve up a great salmon salad with a smile.  And down the aisle, I love to catch a good bargain at Nordstrom’s Rack, where designer-quality clothing and housewares can be found at discount-store prices.  And of course, the amusement park that fills the center court is a great spot for people-watching!I’ve just read, though, that the Mall of America now has one more … [Read more...]

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