Tag: Pope Benedict XVI

The Tradition of the Christmas Crib

The tradition of the Christmas Crib dates back all the way to the thirteenth century when the first one was celebrated.  It was the idea of St. Francis of Assisi and brought to life by his friend Messier Giovanni Velitta. Growing up, my family didn’t have a Christmas Crib and the birth of Christ was never... Read more »

Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Resignation

Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are... Read more »

The Pope is on Twitter!

The Pope is on Twitter and a lot of people are wondering why that is important.  I think it’s important that the Pope use all social media to not only reach Catholics, but everyone.  And in the picture here, it looks likes he’s having a good time! Here are Pope Benedict’s first three tweets in... Read more »

The Christmas Crib

When I was pregnant with our first child, we prepared the nursery.  My sister-in-law still had a crib and a huge old-fashioned buggy that we borrowed. When a new baby is on it’s way, it’s only natural that one of the first things new parents set up is a crib.  It is the sign of... Read more »

All Saints Day

“To become saints means to fulfill completely what we already are, raised to the dignity of God’s adopted children in Christ Jesus … The saints bring to light in creative fashion quite new human potentialities … The saints are themselves the living spaces into which one can turn … There is no isolation in heaven.... Read more »

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

The task set before the Baptist as he lay in prison was to become blessed by this unquestioning acceptance of God’s obscure will; to reach the point of asking no further for external, visible, unequivocal clarity, but, instead, of discovering God precisely in the darkness of this world and of his own life, and thus... Read more »

Rule of St. Benedict

          Image from EWTN The Rule of Benedict I was going to write gloriously about The Rule of Benedict until I saw the volumes!  I had no idea! So on his feast day, I’ll let you read them at your leisure.        

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

“The very core of Christianity is expressed in the heart of Jesus; in Christ the revolutionary “newness” of the Gospel is completely revealed and given to us:  the Love that saves us and now make us live in the eternity of God.  As the Evangelist John writes:  “God so loved the world  that he gave... Read more »

Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan by Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI wrote this prayer in 2008 and asked that Christians throughout the world recite it on May 24. Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title “Help of Christians,” the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.  We... Read more »

Silence and Word

          From PromoteCatholicism.NewEvangelizers.com: On Wednesday, May 23, we’re asking you to take a one-day break from posting on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, etc. … and use that day to reflect on the Pope’s words about the role of silence in communication and evangelization. Then, on Thursday, May 24, please... Read more »