CHRISTMAS

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What is Christmas and why should you care?

What is the meaning of Christmas and why should you care? The answer might surprise you. John Barnabas asked me that question on his radio program Happiness, Opportunity & Technology or HOT. John’s Phoenix program airs Tuesdays at Noon on KFNN Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM. Please click here for his Christmas special with […]

Noon Mass: The Ultimate Power Lunch

On the first Sunday of Advent, one of my parish priests encouraged everyone to go to daily Mass and he said he hopes it will become a habit for us. Attending noon Mass should be fairly easy for Catholics who work in major U.S. cities. For example, there was a church with noon Mass everywhere […]

The miraculous photo of Father Lange’s house

Father Robert Lange was pastor of my parish. He was a great, gentle, profound and loving priest. I cried when he left our parish and now I cry because he died. LORD God Almighty, please rest your humble servant. The photo of Father comes from The Arlington Catholic Herald Born: June 13, 1944 Died: May […]

The Wexford Carol performed by Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma

Here’s the beautiful 12th century Irish Christmas carol beautifully sung by Alison Krauss. I just wish Mary’s “guide,” Saint Joseph, was named. At Wiki, someone has written the song’s history, the lyrics in English and Gaelic, and numerous recording artists. “With Mary holy, we should pray “To God with love, this Christmas Day…” You may get […]

Joy to the world!

Many people become depressed during the holidays. I hope you’re not one of them, but if you are, maybe this will help you or maybe it will help someone you know. LORD knows that in the past I’ve had my own bouts of depression at Christmastime. Years ago, I was invited to hear Randall Wallace […]

For Hanukkah and Christmas: Gifts NOT made in China

As you shop for Hanukkah or Christmas gifts, please boycott products made in China and other countries who enslave men, women and children to make their products. I’ve been boycotting products from China and other communist countries for most of my life. Given that Christmas is the birthday of Christ, given that He’s the Creator […]

Christmas for cat lovers

Obviously, Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega, our Creator and Redeemer. Look at the photo of Benny, my beautiful Maine Coon, and celebrate the fact that Christ is also the generous Creator of cats. Except for a baby’s giggle, can you think of a more delightful sound than a […]

IN DULCI JUBILO

Beautiful! IN DULCI JUBILO is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Merry Christmas to you! The original German/Latin song was written by Dominican monk Henry Suso, circa 1320. The English version by Robert Pearsall (1834) follows the original Catholic German “macaronic” style of mixing Latin with the vernacular language. Pearsall was an English composer living […]

‘I am the light of the world’

John 9 was today’s Gospel at the Roman Catholic Masses. Every single time I hear it or read it, I become a weepy mess. I weep because the young man cured of blindness fearlessly proclaims the truth. I weep because he’s humble and the model for critical thinkers. But I also weep because I think […]

New film puts Christ back into Christmas

My latest @ Crisis Magazine… Above all, Christmas is about celebrating the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While many Christians try to faithfully rejoice, the holidays can be tinged with sorrow for any number of reasons, especially loneliness. Today, however, a sweet uplifting movie premiers. “The Christmas Candle” opens November 22 in […]

Steve Martin: ‘Atheists Don’t Have No Songs’

Ain’t it the truth? Enjoy … and click here to get the song.

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Little Story That Did

Great story by radio host Patrick Coffin… December 24, 2012 4:00 A.M. It’s a Wonderful Life: The Little Story That Did Part Dante, part film noir, part Bible story, Capra’s classic survives its unhappy debut. By Patrick Coffin While shaving on the morning of February 28, 1938, a man named Philip got an idea for a […]

Kitty Cats’ Christmas by Leon Redbone

Can’t help it. As a lifelong lover of cats, current owner of 2 boys and feeder of 2 more feral girls, this is one of my favorite Christmas songs because it’s so true! No need to buy gifts for your kitties – they delight in crunchy paper bags, batting toilet paper rolls and sleeping in […]

Mixed emotions on the movie ‘Les Misérables’

Published and argued at CatholicLane Thanks to a friend and diehard “Les Miserables” fan, I saw the movie musical but have mixed emotions about it. Hugh Jackman is a fine Jean Valjean, but the Victor Hugo story is highly misleading on the French Revolutionaries; the musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, with lyrics by […]

Ring Christmas bells, Jesus is King

Ring Christmas bells Merrily ring Tell all the world Jesus is King… Joy to the world! Glorious classics by the Ray Conniff Singers – music videos pre-dating MTV. Click here to get this beautiful Christmas carol or browse more selections in My Amazon store

What child is this? Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige

“The King of kings, salvation brings “Let loving hearts enthrone Him” “What Child Is This?” is deeply moving and one of my favorite Christmas carols. William Chatterton Dix wrote the lyrics in 1865, while recovering from a severe illness. He was an insurance company manager. That’s right. He was an insurance agent and he wasn’t […]

Pope Benedict’s childhood Christmas letter to Baby Jesus

Merry Christmas! Something sweet: At the age of 7, in 1934, Pope Benedict wrote the following letter to Baby Jesus: Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy. I would like a Volks-Schott, green clothing for Mass and a heart of Jesus. I will always […]

Tribute to Coal Miners Wins Top Mom’s Choice Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Parents warn their children not to be naughty or Santa would put lumps of coal in their stockings. But Thursday, on the feast of St. Nicholas no less, Stacie Vaughn Hutton, author of Shovelful of Sunshine, the only pro-miner, pro-coal mining children’s book, got notice she’s the winner of a Gold Mom’s […]

Collin Raye: This is who I am

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH Top country singer: This is who I am ‘My fans have responded with great support’ Posted: December 29, 2011 12:20 am Eastern By Anita Crane © 2011 WND Country music star Collin Raye doesn’t just sing his heart out, he also wears his heart on his sleeve. As spokesman for the Terri […]

God rest ye merry gentle friends

This is one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson plays “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” …Merry Christmas and God rest you merry gentle friends, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day to save us all from Satan’s power […]

Shocker: Salvation Army supports abortion

A few days ago WND published my story about the Salvation Army’s support for abortion. It has caused quite a stir with most commentators saying they’ll no longer donate and a few in denial, saying the story is false despite a direct link to the Salvation Army’s own website condoning the abortion of certain kinds […]

Gaudete! Rejoice!

Rejoice! I’m re-posting this amazing home recording by Claudia Schieve which I found last year… Claudia hails from Cleveland, Ohio. See more at https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaMusic Here’s “Gaudete” performed by Anuna

Come let us adore Him!

He’s not just away in a manger, He’s at your local Catholic church, maybe your local hospital or in a chapel at the airport you’re traveling through. Nothing gives me more peace than going directly to the Lord and adoring Him in person – not so much to talk, but to listen. You can go […]

Who is Saint Nicholas?

Happy feast of Saint Nicholas! Thanks to the St. Nicholas Center and the National Gallery in London, I show you this portrait from Fra Angelico’s “The Virgin Mary with the Apostles and Other Saints,” which is probably what Bishop Nicholas really looked like. See the following amazing pages from the St. Nicholas Center in Holland, […]

Have yourself a merry Christmas lights tour

When I was growing up, my dad drove the whole family around to see Christmas lights after Christmas Mass. I miss those those Christmas tours, but not all is lost. I came across this video and every year there are numerous websites for Christmas displays in the USA. This particular light show (and many more!) […]

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