For many people the holidays are a mixed blessing. Visiting family has its upside but can also be a source of grave tensions. This year may be particularly challenging with all of the emotions connected to the recent presidential election. No matter which candidate you supported and voted for, contemplating the Thanksgiving table may fill you with some trepidation.
Here are some tips that may help.
It's time for all of us to join forces and pray for our nation and pray grace into our new President!
The nation-wide prayer campaign - Novena for Our Nation - begins November 28th, the Feast of Saint Catherine Labouré (who received the apparition of the Miraculous Medal), and goes until January 20th, the Presidential Inauguration.
It seems everyone is angry about something these days. Perhaps you feel as if you’re constantly angry. The anger could be from some problem in our society, or a political result, or a personal situation or with a friend, family member or a co-worker.
Anger is seen by most people as something to avoid and as something dangerous and detrimental. As Catholics, we are taught that one of the seven deadly sins is anger.
Imagine if you slipped into a coma when you were 13 years old. When you’re 40 you wake up, defying all medical odds and explanations. A miracle, for sure! No one can deny that. And yet, instead of being happy, you start to fall into a depression. So much has changed. Your friends have grown up and had families of their own. Your parents have aged or passed onto eternity. And your siblings are frustrated with your ingratitude…
O Virgin of Guadalupe, we turn to you in this urgent hour of our great need.
Evil forces threaten our nation from without and from within.
Pray for us, dear Mother...
Show the mighty power God has entrusted to you to crush the head of the serpent.
In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
That’s an interesting question. The answer probably seems obvious. Virtue wins all the time, right? I would think that but clearly God doesn’t seem to think so.
Consider this. A man who lusted after a woman, finally has his way with her. She finds herself pregnant. Panicked, he makes a critical decision…he has her husband (a loyal friend of his) killed and the problem goes away.
I spent some time on the beach the other day, soaking in the last rays of summer. I noticed a plane soaring through the cloudless, azure sky. I watched as it got smaller and smaller before completely disappearing into the blue.
I thought about the fact that at that moment what I saw go by was probably around 200 people having drinks, eating snacks, having conversations, or napping.
We all know someone like this. No matter what they do or who they deal with they get the short end of it - or “screwed” to use a more popular phrase. I’m always amazed with certain people as it seems to be infallible for them. The mechanic, their boss, their coworkers, the doctor, the bank teller, the plumber, the contractor…you name it. They always seem to get screwed over despite the pains they take to protect themselves. Not trusting anyone, they go out of their way to prevent any possibility of being taken advantage of, and yet Boom!
I didn’t have much faith formation as a kid. Sure, I went to catechism like most everyone else in those days but I don’t remember learning too much. I was a very shy and sensitive child and for some reason my best friend, Annette, and I were put in different classes - hers marked “A” and mine “B.” I can still remember the first day of orientation in the school gym, sitting in the bleachers with my class, in which I didn’t know a soul.