7 counter-cultural ways to win Advent

The first time I attempted to observe Advent, declaring at the start of the season that this December would be different, I flopped. Now I do 7 things that make all the difference.

5 family Advent traditions to comfort you in this season of ‘buy’

Advent is a joyful time of year that often gets overlooked in the rush to Christmas. Here are five beautiful ways to observe this most…

Welcoming Advent with simplicity & meaning

If you feel like your Advent is more about the coming of more stuff and more commitments instead of about the coming of Jesus, here are three easy ways to simplify and refocus your priorities.

7 Thanksgiving table peace-keeping tips—from a missionary

Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and former missionary in Kenya, the editor-at-large of 'America,' and the author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, gives his seven best tips for peace and diplomacy at Thanksgiving dinner.

6 ways to survive a spiritual crisis when your hectic life takes over

Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey share their tips for 'spiritual self care' when we feel we just don't have the time.

Choosing forgiveness, even when it comes to abortion

Although it pains me now when I look at my eight-year-old daughter, the truth is, abortion was one of the first things I considered when I found out I was pregnant with her.

10 life lessons I can rely on during these tumultuous times

#3: When it comes to lines in the sand, I want to draw mine on the side of generosity and grace.

6 notable black saints who can help us

In honor of Black Catholic History month, get to know these six inspiring saints.

5 things I want my kids to learn from the 2016 election

A mother's open letter to her two young sons about what she hopes they can learn from the current state of America.

Stephen Colbert assumes role of ‘national conscience’ to push for healing (VIDEO)

The video of the late-night comic and practicing Catholic's post-election comments to promote solidarity continues to go viral today, but…

Now we all need to elect to work toward real peace

The way we live our lives as individuals and with each other is more influential than any political slogan or election result.

3 modern Beatitudes (aka blessings) to make sense of our troubled times

Three of Pope Francis' 6 new Beatitudes helped me look at people different from me in a whole new way.

5 ways to practice ‘hygge’ & banish your winter blues, Danish-style

Daylight Savings Time is the perfect time to cheer yourself up with 'hygge,' a mindset that embraces a season of…

Rooting for Chicago Cub Ben Zobrist & his message of grace

Chicago Cubs second-baseman Ben Zobrist hopes to set a good example for his teammates and fans both on and off the field.

I love having the Pope in my Protestant life

My family and I will probably never officially convert to Catholicism, but thanks to Pope Francis, I continue to be drawn to its traditions and mystery.