St Lucy was a Roman martyr who is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass and whose name means "light". Learn about her life, why Scandinavian countries have a particular devotion to her and customs associated with St Lucy's Day in this blog.
Gaudete or "rejoicing" Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The third candle on the Advent Wreath is lit and the Church's liturgy becomes more focused on the coming of the Lord at Bethlehem. At this half-way point in Advent, it's time to consider how our Advent preparation has gone so far and how we, like John the Baptist, can "prepare the way of the Lord".
Reflect on the Five Joyful Mysteries with St Josemaria Escriva.
Examine your conscience before Confession with this helpful Examination of Conscience.
When you put up your Christmas tree this Advent, pray this blessing together as a family or household before turning on the lights, asking that it all who delight in it may come to knowledge and joy of salvation.
While the modern world denies that it is in need of salvation, Mary's sinlessness awakes us to the fact that perfection only comes from God. This Advent, as we await the coming of God who became man to destroy the power of sin, meditate on the final line of the Hail Mary, "Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death."