Songs for the Advent Season

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Dec 6, 2019 6:58:00 AM

On the feast of St. Nicholas, it’s customary among Christians to give gifts to loved ones, in anticipation of the greater gift-giving to come at Christmas, and to honor the Myran bishop and his unfailing generosity to those in need.

As our gift this year, I’d like to share a playlist I curated several Advents ago, featuring music to mark this beautiful season. 

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Topics: devotional music, liturgical music, music, Advent

Multicultural Posadas: Embracing a Culture of Encounter

Posted by Sadie Yates on Dec 5, 2019 7:11:00 AM

Pope Francis has spoken extensively of a “throwaway culture” in which items, creation, even human beings are deemed unnecessary or inconvenient, then tossed aside. The antidote? A “culture of encounter,” where we do not merely look at others, but we see them; we do not simply hear them, but we listen to them. Every member of the Church is called to minister to the Body of Christ in this way.

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Topics: Culture, multiculturalism, Advent, Las Posadas, multicultural ministry

A Catholic Approach to Gift-Giving

Posted by Katie Diltz on Dec 4, 2019 7:03:00 AM

Every year, I find myself struggling with Christmas gift shopping. I want to be generous, I like to give people gifts, but I don’t want to give in to the temptation of consumerism that plagues us during the holidays. 

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Topics: Laudato Si', holidays, gift giving, Christmas

The Christmas Crèche: Inculturation and the Incarnation, Part 1

Posted by Theresa Rice on Dec 3, 2019 6:48:00 AM

Editorial Note: This series features Nativity sets from Africa on display in the McGrath Institute for Church Life’s Sixth Annual International Crèche Exhibit at the University of Notre Dame.

Since the Middle Ages, recreating the story of Christ’s birth through a Nativity scene has been a beloved Christmas tradition around the world. These nativity scenes, or crèches, typically depict the Holy Family with the eclectic cast of characters found in the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke’s Gospels: shepherds, magi, angels, and animals crowd around the manger to welcome the newborn King. While many of these crèche displays are simply breathtaking works of art, their value goes far beyond their technical or visual appeal; the tactile and colorful materials inspire reflection on the entrance of God into the very tactile world in the Incarnation. This reminder of the humanity of Christ—from his humble bed in a manger to the loving attention of his mother and foster father—invites the viewers to enter deeply into the mystery of Christmas. 

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Topics: inculturation, visual arts, Advent, Christmas, crèche, Nativity scene

Thanksgiving Greetings

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Nov 28, 2019 7:03:00 AM
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Topics: gratitude, holidays, Thanksgiving

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