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To help us each prepare our hearts for Christmas, we’ve compiled a brief “Advent Pilgrimage” through the Joyful Mysteries. 

You can meditate on each prompt as you pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, or you can incorporate these meditations into prayers before or after Mass.

Bonus: You can bring these meditations with you to Eucharistic Adoration, as well. 

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Hygge -

How to Have a Hygge Advent  Hygge (hoo-ga) is often thought of as merely an interior design trend. There are plenty of websites and Instagram accounts devoted to showing off perfectly cozy scenes in a backyard or breakfast nook.  But as we’ve written before, hygge is much more than that, especially for a Catholic. Hygge is a concept and lifestyle that can be an inspiration to holiness in our own lives as Catholics. It is, essentially, living in a way that relishes simplicity and creates an atmosphere of comfort and intentionality.  And it is an almost perfect vehicle for inspiring...

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Inspire -

Time spent in nature helps us take a welcome respite from the daily grind. But it also has spiritual benefits, and they truly are not optional -- they’re essential. 

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Saints, Wellbeing -

As the global pandemic progress, we face more uncertainties and anxieties: parents wondering how to go to work and educate their children virtually, having to stay at home for long periods of time, and the ever-present concern of actually contracting the virus. 

Contemplating St. Dymphna’s life and asking for her intercession can help us surrender ourselves to God and find the courage to forge ahead, even in the midst of anxiety and depression.

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Embracing Adversity -

How to Embrace Adversity with Courage Life is full of ups and downs… from small things in our day to day lives that pose moments of inconvenience or concern, to bigger moments (ahem...pandemics) that turn our lives upside down, change everything, and make suffering a very real and tangible thing. For many, perhaps the most human response to adversity is to try to avoid it -- to try to maintain the status quo as far as possible, and to shield ourselves from suffering. But as Catholics, we are called to not only turn to Jesus Christ in our suffering and...

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