Weekly TV Picks


Our Lady in Scripture and Tradition

EWTN, 10:30 a.m.

Roses in December? It really happened — and today, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we can find out how. Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Father Andrew Apostoli recounts the visits of the Queen of Heaven to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City, Dec. 9-12, 1531, and discusses the miraculous image she left on his tilma (cloak).


Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella”

PBS, 9 p.m.

It aired in color on CBS in 1957, but this musical exists now only in a black and white kinescope print that nevertheless sparkles with fun. Julie Andrews hosted and per formed, along with Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard, Ilka Chase, Jon Cypher, Alice Ghostley and many more stars. This 90-minute telecast features inter views with some of the per formers.


Prince of Peace

Familyland TV, 9:30 p.m.

Ever yone will enjoy this 3-D animated telling of the Christmas stor y. Re-airs Dec. 21 at 1 p.m., Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 27 at 8:30 a.m. and Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m.


I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!

ABC, 8 p.m.

In this “Peanuts” animated special, ReRun, feeling hectored by big sister Lucy, hopes for a pet dog for Christmas, so furr y pal Snoopy sends for his beagle brother, Spike.


Modern Marvels: Air Shows

Histor y Channels, 7 p.m.

The USA's 425 air shows attract 18 million visitors each year, making these dazzling events second only to baseball as Americans’ favorite family-friendly outings.


Find & Design Holiday Special

A&E, 8 p.m.

For Christmas, Find & Design hostess Jennifer Convy and her team renovate the house of Adan and Lorena Pulido, the parents of two, who welcomed four of their nephews into their home after their mom died. Advisor y: TV-PG.


At Home with the Brave for the Holidays

A & E, 9 p.m.

Three GIs whose families struggled while they were away in Iraq come home to a Christmas surprise: A renovation team has fixed up their houses. Advisor y: TV-PG.


12 Days of Cookies

Food Network, 5 p.m.

Christmas and cookies really go together, as this show proves conclusively. And if it should nudge any viewers of f their diets a little bit, well — you can guess what's coming next here — that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.