Baby Jesus’ Wish List

Odds are you’ve got a Christmas list going by now — gift ideas for everyone from your nephew to your goddaughter to your mailman. But what about the birthday boy? What’s the gift Jesus gets from you this Christmas?

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When We Ask Why

Today is the feast that reminds us that God could use any mechanism in the whole world to communicate His message — but He chooses to do so, mainly, through the stories of family relationships. Families that fall apart and are put back together.

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Mary, Jesus Expert

If we long to uncover the path, learn the wisdom, and acquire the disposition of heart required to follow Jesus, we have but to look to one expert — Mary, his mother. By contemplating her principle virtues, actions, and devotion, we can reach unparalleled heights of faith.

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The Well That Never Dries Up

We never stop failing to do what we should, never stop failing to feel the joy and the compassion and the selflessness we are called to. We need a source of living water if we are going to ‘rejoice always.’ It’s time to head back to the well.

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5 Postcard Ideas to Inspire Your Faith Community

If you’re only sending out year-end statement letters, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to reach out and engage your parishioners. Here are five postcard ideas you can use to inspire your faith community.

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God’s Personal Assistants

God is the guest of honor in our life, the keynote speaker, the main event. We need to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight His paths. We need to make everything ready so that when He shows up, everything is ready for Him to do His job.

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Rejoice in the Presence of God!

“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel!” “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” These words from the Prophet Zephaniah and the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians frame the festive call of Gaudete Sunday.

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QR Code Best Practices

If you haven’t realized it yet, the QR code is making a major comeback. Here are some basic tips on how to create one, and some unique ways parishes are using them to help guide parishioners during Mass.

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Preparing the Manger

Every good Catholic knows that Lent is a penitential season. It’s harder for us to remember that with Advent, but Advent is just as much of an opportunity for penance, preparation, and reconciliation to God — and just as much reason, too.

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Hear the Voice of the Lord

Hearing the voice of the Lord in the distance demands action, but this isn’t only an invitation to turn away from personal choices and sins that may limit or even prevent God’s coming among us. And this turning — conversion — isn’t only about what we give up, it is really about accepting the gift that we are being offered.

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The Best Devotional Apps You NEED on Your Phone

For those searching for a more structured prayer guide and the accountability that comes with it, devotional apps are the way to go. Check out our favorite ones and consider downloading one or two to jumpstart your spiritual life this advent season.

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Long Live the King

We are all leaders of a sort. On the parish level, you have the obvious roles like serving on pastoral council. But you also have the quiet ones who lead from the wings, like the janitor who can always be relied upon to do his or her job.

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