Five Inspiring Reads to Pour Your Soul Into for 2022

Krista Thomas

December 31, 2021

“A man’s character is shown by the books that he reads.” -Fr. Lasance (My Prayer Book) With the joy of Christmas continuing through the New Year, one important aspect on the minds of many is the making of resolutions. A rite of passage for many of us, we resolve to counter vices with temperance or…

The Special Privilege of Three Masses on Christmas

John Paul Sonnen

December 30, 2021

“The custom of saying three Masses on this day is also very ancient, and recalls to our minds the threefold birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity – His eternal birth from the Father before all ages, His temporal birth in Bethlehem, and His spiritual birth in the souls of men.” –The Catholic…

A Famous Christmas Carol Written by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Natalie Hudson

December 29, 2021

All Catholics should know of St. Alphonsus Liguori’s (1696-1787) famous Christmas hymn he penned as a young priest entitled, Tu Scendi dale Stelle. The song can be heard here, performed by Luciano Pavarotti in Vienna, Austria. St. Alphonsus was an Italian bishop from the Kingdom of Naples who was a prolific writer and thinker with…

The Poignant Grief of the Holy Innocents

John Paul Sonnen

December 28, 2021

“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, O God, thou perfected praise because of thine enemies.  O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” -Roman Missal, Introit for Dec. 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents In the midst of the joy of Christmas which fills both heaven and earth,…

Let Us Go to the Grotto of Bethlehem

Fr. Dana Ambrose Christensen

December 27, 2021

“For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of…

The Glow from the Midnight Cave: Memento Bethlehem

John Paul Sonnen

December 25, 2021

“And thou, Bethlehem Ephrata [fruitful, honored], art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the rule in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity.” -Mich. 5:2 Each year the Christmas story brings to the…

Christmas Midnight Mass Sermon by St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

December 24, 2021

Below is an inspiring sermon delivered by Saint Francis de Sales for Midnight Mass, December 25, 1622.   Highlights include: The great Christian feasts in the early Church and their observances The Incarnation as God’s end in creating the world The two births of the Word, eternal and temporal The two natures of the Word made…

Catholic Elements of Home Alone

Paul Kengor

December 23, 2021

Released in November 1990, in time for the Thanksgiving and holiday theater-rush, the film Home Alone became an instant Christmas classic. It was a box-office smash, grossing nearly a half-billion dollars in receipts worldwide. It received numerous accolades, with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Its main star, Macaulay Culkin, became a household name. The…

Mary as the Ark of the Covenant

Fr. Kevin Drew

December 22, 2021

The Ark of the Covenant was a wood box about four-feet long and two and a half-feet wide.  The word “ark” comes from the Hebrew word “aron” which means chest or coffer.  The Ark was no ordinary chest.  It was plated inside and out with gold.  And it had an ornate cover, called the mercy…

Christmas Meditation on the Sacred Infancy of Jesus

Fr. Frederick Faber

December 21, 2021

” Yet neither Nazareth nor Bethlehem were his beginnings.  He was eternal years old the moment he was born. “ -Fr. Frederick Faber Below is a unique Christmas meditation from the famous English convert to the Catholic Faith, Fr. Frederick Faber of London, England. Fr. Faber has long been revered for his thoroughly enjoyable and erudite…

Mystical Aspects of the Mystery of Christmas

St. Francis de Sales

December 20, 2021

Below is an excerpt from a brief, but interesting sermon that was delivered by Saint Francis de Sales to a convent of nuns on Christmas Eve in the year 1614.  These nuns were members of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Visitation; an order founded by him. The sermon addresses Christ the Savior as…

The Sacredness of the Priesthood and Religious Life

Conor Gallagher

December 17, 2021

The sacredness of the priesthood should be a penetrating reality for your child. Such unworthy men, stepping into the In Persona Christi, consecrating the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the sacramentally conferred power to forgive sins on behalf of Christ; it is beyond what the mind can fathom. And…

Welcoming Advent in the Home as a Pre-Christmas

Mary Harrell

December 16, 2021

Advent is here and soon enough Christmas will be upon us! It has always been the aim of the Church to cause her children to reflect and prepare in a special way during this holy season. Mothers can sympathize with the secular mythology surrounding Ol’ Saint Nick–that of a fairyland workshop bursting with harried elves…

Benedict XVI and the Call to Holiness

Joseph Pearce

December 15, 2021

When all is said and done, it’s all about good and evil. Those, like Nietzsche, who say otherwise are themselves evil. And, as Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the battle between good and evil takes place in each individual human heart. There is, therefore, no escaping this battle because it is being fought within our very core,…

Our Lady of Good Help: Antidote for a Church in Crisis

Theoni Bell

December 14, 2021

In 1871, on the same night as the Great Chicago Fire, America’s most destructive wildfire swept through Wisconsin. People searched for safety in wells and streams. Some covered themselves in mud. A throng of settlers descended on the river, splashing at the water to keep themselves from igniting in the heat. What isn’t as well-known…

Eternal Salvation: a Meditation

Bishop George Hay

December 13, 2021

Below is an excerpt from a new TAN classic, The Enemies of Salvation: the Flesh, the World, and the Devil by Bishop George Hay, a convert to the Faith and renowned English-language theologian who lived from 1729 to 1811.    This work is part of the TAN Books series which includes parts of old, timeless…

The Secrets of the Sacred Heart

Patrick O'Hearn

December 10, 2021

On the night before Our Lord suffered and died, He took comfort in the consolation offered by His beloved disciple, St. John the Evangelist, who reclined on His Sacred Heart. In less than twenty-four hours, the Heart that once beat in the womb of Our Lady in Bethlehem, would beat no more. Instead, the Sacred…

Holy Matrimony: Praying for a Future Spouse

Conor Gallagher

December 9, 2021

You pray for your child. You help him pray his innocent little prayers at bedtime. You wish for him to grow into a healthy, happy adult—fulfilled, dignified, respected, accomplished. And all this is beautiful. But how often we forget the other half of your child. What could I possibly mean? I mean your son’s future…

The Immaculate Conception According to Anne Catherine Emmerich

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

December 8, 2021

“In the moment when the newborn child [Mary] lay in the arms of her holy mother Anna, I saw that at the same time the child was presented in Heaven in the sight of the Most Holy Trinity, and greeted with unspeakable joy by all the heavenly host.” —Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich Anne Catherine Emmerich…

What Think You of Poetry?

John Paul Sonnen

December 7, 2021

“The influence of the classical tradition is even more clearly discernible in the rise of the new Christian poetry.” -Christopher Dawson The Catholic Church has long been the mother of poets no less of saints.  The Church through the centuries has taken great interest in poetry, reflected in her poetic rites and rituals, liturgical edifice,…