Missing the Advent Beauty that Used to be Catholicism – UPDATED

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

Part of what makes Patheos so interesting is this: it's a place where you can find a progressive female Christian minister write so exquisitely about a Lutheran Advent Vespers as to make a Catholic's soul lurch in holy envy:In those soft evenings, the quiet of late December surrounded me – but my life itself was loud. I did not know how much I needed to settle for 45 minutes into song and silence and hear someone sing about the angel Gabriel and Mary. The first time I heard, "you have cast … [Read more...]

Raffling off Magnificat’s Advent App! TWO WINNERS!

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UPDATE: Magnificat was nice enough to send me a second gift app, so I was able to pull two winning names, and they are: (Ta-da!)Shauna Anderson and MMR. Brian Sullivan was the first pick, but I shouldn't have included him, because he has an android. Offered an Ave for you, Brian!I have emailed you both with your appropriate codes. Enjoy!Congrats, and thanks very much to everyone who donated. The sisters are very grateful, indeed!Some may have noticed me, in social media, … [Read more...]

Get Your Magnificat Year of Faith Companion!

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So in demand is this beautifully-wrought aid for the celebration of the Year of Faith that the thing is in its third printing and on back-order until October.But even if you will not get your copy until late October, after the year is officially "begun", I urge you to order this book. It's inexpensive ($6.95) and at 445 pages, it's absolutely loaded with fine material -- profiles of the holy men and women of the bible, devotions, poems, meditations, reflections on scripture, explanations re … [Read more...]

Holy Healing, Holy Art

Mary Magdalene by Antonio Veneziano graces the cover of this month's Magnificat Magazine, and once again I find myself as engaged with the wonderful artwork this publication routinely presents, as I am with all the wonderful prayers and readings within. It's a beautiful Icon, but the glossy Magnificat cover really brings it out in full force, rather like this snapshot, but even better.Here's what Pierre-Marie Dumont says about the work:Here we see "the sinner of love" represented not as a … [Read more...]


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