Keys to Intense Rest This Christmastide, Why I’m Not Eastern Orthodox, and More Great Links!

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3 Keys to Intense Rest this Christmastide – John Cuddeback at LifeCraft +1

Why I’m Not Eastern Orthodox – Allan Ruhl at One Peter 5 +1

Tolkien’s Love of Christmas – Joseph Tuttle at Voyage Comics

The Truth About “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” - Melissa Guerrero at epicPew

Christmas Meditation on the Sacred Infancy of Jesus – Father Frederick Faber at Tan Direction Blog

15 Traditional Christmas Songs to Gloriously Lift Your Heart to Jesus – Jacqueline Burkepile at ChurchPOP

Run Faster – John Kubasak at Catholic Stand

A Singular Favorite: Christmas Songs – David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts

Catholic Ethics – Father Christopher Pietraszko at Ignitum Today

Whatever Happened to Saint Nicholas? – Father Dwight Longenecker

Forgiveness and Faith – Steve Greco at Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Shows Little Signs of Slowing in 2022 – Russell Shaw at Our Sunday Visitor

The Suspicion Theory – Jacqueline St. Clare at Catholic Stand

The Bishop of Rome, what is Your Approach to Theological Questions? – Andrea Gagliarducci at Monday Vatican

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Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)