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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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  • At baptisms, pope urges prayers for moms who can't feed their kids

    As Pope Francis once again urged new moms not to be afraid to breast-feed in public, he reminded people to pray for the world's mothers whose poverty means they are unable to provide enough food for their children.

  • Five mysterious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
    I make up my own mysteries of the rosary. There, I said it. I am a rogue rosary prayer. Each day I pray the rosary when I exercise. However, when it’s a long workout and I forgot my audiobook, I continue saying the Rosary.  I have already said the mysteries of that day, so I think about other moments in the life of our Lady and blessed Lord. 

  • World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, pope says

    Mothers are indispensable to society and the Church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.

  • Mothers are indispensable to society and the Church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.  
  • At 75th anniversary dinner, Collins Funeral Home celebrates its legacy of faith and family
    Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. – a family owned and operated business that has served generations of Washington-area families – recently marked its 75th anniversary by paying tribute to its family legacy and by personally thanking its extended family of current and former employees and its business partners and community supporters.  
  • In the new year, 5 ways for your family to help humanity
    Pope Francis once said that the family is “necessary for the survival of humanity.” At each new year, we make resolutions for self-improvement.  Perhaps this year we should resolve not only to make ourselves healthier but also to make our whole family holier, healthier and happier. 
  • Resting on the Flight into Egypt
    Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Washington, a seated mother leans her head back and falls asleep, as she tenderly holds her infant son in her arms. This scene could unfold in any home with a mother and a newborn, but in this case, the tableau is featured in a bronze sculpture, “The Holy Family at Rest – the Flight into Egypt,” by artist Anna Hyatt Huntington that is displayed in the lower level of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 
  • Dec. 26, ‘Boxing Day,’ is the day when every toy gets played with, every box opened, and every treat tasted. Halfway through the day, the emptiness of stuff starts to sink in, even if you got something really cool. It doesn’t quite satisfy, because it can’t. As Catholics, we’re supposed to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, to feast on the joy of Christ’s birth from Dec. 25 through the feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6).  This tendency to look for the next thing, to try everything, trying to find pleasure as a substitute for joy is very common for everyone. So here are a few suggestions to make sure you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas even as you climb out from the mountains of boxes and ribbons the day after Christmas. 

  • There’s the baking, the tree trimming, the wrapping and suddenly it seems like Christmas all over. So much work and poof, it’s done. Christmas does not have to be anticlimactic. Follow these five ways to have the merriest Christmas and you will be fa-la-la-ing, ho-ho-ing,  and jing-jingling all through this joyous season.


  • The Drama of the Incarnation in Caravaggio’s Visual Homily
    As we prepare for the graces of Advent and Christmas we are invited into the drama of the Incarnation of God in human history. An exquisite painting by the Italian Baroque master painter, Caravaggio, entitled, "Rest on the Flight into Egypt," completed around 1597, offers a stirring visual homily for our contemplation during this sacred season.  
  • Review: ‘Donny & Marie’s Christmas at the National’ is a little bit country, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and a lot of fun

    Nostalgia can sometimes let you down, as Billy Joel noted when he sang, “The good old days weren’t always good.”

  • Five ways to get to Bethlehem
    Advent has a dual personality.  On one hand we meditate on the birth of Jesus, while on the other hand we get ready for His second coming.  If we can spiritually get to Bethlehem, we are actually getting ourselves closer to heaven.  A good Advent makes for a great Christmas.  So I offer you my five ways to get to Bethlehem. 
  • Find the Perfect Gift
    Are you looking for ways to make you and your family’s Christmas a little more spiritual? In the busyness of preparing for the celebration of Christmas, it is easy to lose the joy that makes the Advent and Christmas season so special.  The ultimate gift of Christmas is the gift of Jesus – God’s love made concrete in His Son, born to show us the way to eternal life.  
  • Evelyn Quander Rattley celebrates 90 years of life, faith and love

    Evelyn Quander Rattley jokes that her mailman refers to her neighborhood in Northeast Washington as “the Holy Land,” due to its proximity to the Franciscan Monastery, and also other Catholic landmarks like the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Rattley, who is 90, typically drives her 31-year-old, brownish-red Volvo for daily Mass.

  • 5 ways to put the thanks back in Thanksgiving
    I love Thanksgiving. It has the family, the food and the laughter without all the expectations and commercialism. Christmas can be hard because it has to compete in people’s minds against all the movie and Christmas versions. But, how many Thanksgiving movies are there? 

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