The Christmas Tree

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before Christmas and may remain in place […]

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The Nativity Scene

“In its present form the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or manger for Christmas Eve of 1223. The blessing of the Christmas manger or nativity scene may take place on the Vigil of Christmas or at another […]

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The Advent Wreath

“The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent. When the blessing of the Advent Wreath […]

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The Praise of Men: Part 1

The Saints are men and women whom the Church sets as standards for living holy lives as children of God. Today is the memorial or feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), a renowned Anglican convert and Catholic priest who stands out for his intellectual accomplishments lived with humility and charity. In “The Praise […]

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PODCAST | St. Josemaria, Opus Dei, and the Sanctification of Work

Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. In this meditation for October 2, a special anniversary in the life of St Josemaria, Fr Javier del Castillo explains how God showed St Josemaria his vocation to be the founder of Opus Dei and the prayers and circumstances that led up to that moment. Inspired by this anniversary, […]

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PODCAST | Feast of the Holy Archangels

Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. Today on the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast we bring you a meditation by Fr. Javier del Castillo on the Holy Archangels—St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. On September 29 and October 2, the Church celebrates the feasts of the Archangels and the Guardian Angels respectively. This meditation will […]

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