The secret to an intentional Christmas

Kendra Tierney

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was surprised by the wide variety of reactions that bubbled within me when I read Kendra Tierney’s post about how she’s not giving her kids toys for Christmas. In about three seconds, I went from “THAT’S NUTS!” to “It sort of makes sense but I would never do that” to “Maybe I should do… [Continue Reading]

Why I’m going to keep letting Santa and the Tooth Fairy ruin my life

A rough trip down from the attic leaves us with a statue of Mary, Jesus, and St. John the Baptist.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My daughter told me that she has a loose tooth this morning, and her words struck dread into my heart. Right now, I just barely have some holiday cheer going on up in here. We’re actually having a nice Advent instead of having the weeks leading up to Christmas be the stress-fest that they… [Continue Reading]

An Advent song for you

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A huge thanks to the folks who found that song for me. If you didn’t catch my post asking about it, I was trying to find a choral piece I heard sung at an Advent Mass in 2010. I had no idea what it was called or even what any of the words were,… [Continue Reading]

Christmas, sorrow, and a song

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve been meaning to ask this for two years, but have never gotten around to it. Now seems to be as good of a time as any: Can anyone tell me what this song is? (If you can’t see the player, here is a link to the recording.) During Advent of 2010 I had… [Continue Reading]

Ordinary Time: A Revelation

Christmas Lights

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Was your Christmas less than picture perfect? Then you’re going to love this guest post by one of my favorite writers, Simcha Fisher. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time is the liturgical season outside of specific liturgical seasons like Lent, Advent, Christmas, etc. The Christmas season just ended,… [Continue Reading]

Willful awe


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve been reading books about mountain climbing lately. (As a lazy homebody, I’m fascinated by people who like to leave the house and be cold and climb things.) In a memoir about a Himalayan climb, one author wrote a stirring description of his trip into a Buddhist monastery at the base of a mountain…. [Continue Reading]

What child is this?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Every time I hear the song What Child is This?, I feel haunted. It started back in 2005, when I was still researching Christianity and not sure that I believed its claims. I’d be driving around, yapping into my cell phone, glaring at people who drove too slowly as I rushed to buy presents… [Continue Reading]

Saving Christmas

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail We went to Midnight Mass on Monday night, the first time I’d ever gone to church for Christmas. We walked into our beautiful church around 11:30pm and took a seat up front just in time for the caroling to start. I was fascinated as I looked around the building, to see so many people… [Continue Reading]