The Holy Family Resemblance

The Feast of the Holy Family

The Sunday after Christmas is celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Family. When we contemplate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we may be tempted to think that this family is very different from our own. And in many ways the Holy Family is unique. But in very fundamental ways the Holy Family is just like ours, and in fact we are included in Jesus’ extended Holy Family. In the Incarnation, Jesus became part of our family. This is what we discuss in this week’s reflection. Enjoy and share!

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Emmanuel: God With Us

4th Sunday of Advent (A)

One of the most popular Advent hymns is O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Both the Old Testament and the Gospel readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent mention the name Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Why is this name so significant? That’s what we look at in this week’s video!

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Keeping Christmas

The Feast of the Holy Family

Everybody loves a good, heartwarming, somewhat schmaltzy Christmas special. I remember growing up, most of the ones I saw on TV ended with some imperative to “keep the Spirit of Christmas alive in your heart” all year long. Of course they were usually pretty vague as to just what the Spirit of Christmas was.

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When Does the Christmas Season Begin?

There is a debate that occurs every year around this time. When is the official start of the Christmas Season? Some argue that it begins the day after Thanksgiving. For others, it’s not until Dec. 1. Most of these hallmarks are purely secular, such as when Santa appears in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or when the TV networks begin their “25 Days of Christmas” count-down of holiday specials.

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