Celebrating like a Catholic

Our Catholic life is full of celebration. Solemnities, feasts, first sacraments and birthdays are all cause for celebrations, and we plan our lives around them. Celebrations are important, even integral to our happiness. To celebrate means, in part, to solemnly observe and commemorate with festivities. A priest celebrates the Mass. And for Catholics, our personal celebrations are enhanced by a deep connection to the holy Eucharist.

Vivid en la luz de Cristo

Yo apreciaba muy poco los solsticios de verano e invierno hasta que viví en Alaska. Como todos sabemos, la Tierra gira alrededor del sol cada 365 días. Debido a la inclinación de la Tierra sobre su propio eje, el hemisferio norte está más cerca del sol en verano y más lejos de él en invierno. El solsticio de invierno marca el día más corto del año y la noche más larga. Marca la transición a los días más largos y las noches más cortas.

Live in the light of Christ

I had very little appreciation for the summer and winter solstices until I lived in Alaska. As we all know, the earth makes one revolution around the sun every 365 days. Due to the tilt of the earth on its axis, the northern hemisphere is closest to the sun during the summer, and furthest during the winter. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It marks the transition to lengthening days and shorter nights.

Archbishop Sartain releases Christmas video greetings

SEATTLE – Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has released two Christmas video greetings, in English and Spanish. “Christmas reminds us that God himself has come to earth,” the archbishop says in the videos. “May you have the joy of knowing that the Savior has been born for you.”

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The double message of Christmas

I’ve never been happy with some of my activist friends who send out Christmas cards with messages like: May the Peace of Christ Disturb You! Can’t we have one day a year to be happy and celebrate without having our already unhappy selves shaken with more guilt? Isn’t Christmas a time when we can enjoy being children again? Moreover, as Karl Rahner once said, isn’t Christmas a time when God gives us permission to be happy? So why not?

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