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Christmas at the Monastery
Photos by James Behrens, OCSO

Here's a look at how the Trappist monks in Conyers, Georgia, celebrate the birth of Christ.

WEB+ Learn more about the monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
Wood Carvers of Bethlehem
Lori Erickson

Olive-wood carving has been an honored craft in Bethlehem for many centuries. These artisans continue the tradition.

WEB+ Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans (BFTA)
Flying Lessons
Barbara Mangione

The passengers faced a dilemma: help or ignore two strangers in need?

Grace in a Coffee Pot
Charity Vogel

Regular? Decaf? Doesn’t matter. Enjoying a pot of coffee with loved ones can be a holy moment.

St. Francis and the Incarnation
John Quigley, OFM

Jesus became one of us to help us share in divine life. Christmas celebrates that.

WEB+ The Incarnation of Jesus
How the Incarnation Changed Everything

I Was Homeless
Gail Busiek

Faith kept me safe on the streets of Boston.

WEB+ National Coalition for the Homeless
Advocacy Groups for the Homeless





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Anthony Zaccaria: At the same time that Martin Luther was attacking abuses in the Church, a reformation within the Church was already being attempted. Among the early movers of the Counter-Reformation was Anthony Zaccaria. His mother became a widow at 18 and devoted herself to the spiritual education of her son. He received a medical doctorate at 22 and, while working among the poor of his native Cremona in Italy, was attracted to the religious apostolate. He renounced his rights to any future inheritance, worked as a catechist and was ordained a priest at the age of 26. Called to Milan in a few years, he laid the foundations of three religious congregations, one for men and one for women, plus an association of married couples. Their aim was the reform of the decadent society of their day, beginning with the clergy, religious and lay people. 
<p>Greatly inspired by St. Paul (his congregation is named the Barnabites, after the companion of that saint), Anthony preached with great vigor in church and street, conducted popular missions and was not ashamed of doing public penance. </p><p>He encouraged such innovations as the collaboration of the laity in the apostolate, frequent Communion, the Forty Hours devotion and the ringing of church bells at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. </p><p>His holiness moved many to reform their lives but, as with all saints, it also moved many to oppose him. Twice his community had to undergo official religious investigation, and twice it was exonerated. </p><p>While on a mission of peace, he became seriously ill and was brought home for a visit to his mother. He died at Cremona at the age of 36.</p> American Catholic Blog Lord, help me make my life more about you and less about me. May others see you in me—your image and likeness. Teach me ways to increase my time with you, my service to others, and my love for my family, for strangers, and for the poor. You are the light in the darkness. With each new day, may we be light to one another.

Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Mary's Flower - Columbine
Mary, let us follow your footprints. Even better, teach us to walk in your shoes.

Independence Day
Happy Fourth of July from Catholic Greetings and AmericanCatholic.org!

Name Day
No e-card for their patron? Don't worry, a name day greeting fills the bill!

Vacation
Enter the holiday spirit by sending an e-card to schedule a summer cookout!

Blessed Junipero Serra
This Franciscan friar was instrumental in founding many of California’s mission churches.


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