Advent & Christmas

A collection of content centered on the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

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  • Yes, You Can Have a Restful Advent

    As mothers, the craziness of life can get in the way of moments of rest and renewal. In this video, Lindsay Schlegel offers three pieces of advice to incorporate moments of rest into the busyness of motherhood in any season, but especially in Advent.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe | Sacred Art

    Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down with different pieces of Sacred Art to discuss their theological meanings and how they can speak to us today.

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  • Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe

    In 1531 Juan Diego found himself between two world, that of the Spanish conquerors and that of his own Aztec heritage. Because of his love for his people and his strong faith, Juan Diego turned to Jesus and His Mother, Mary for help in uniting his people. The answer to Juan Diego's prayers has be...

  • Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message

    The most important event in the evangelization of the New World occurred in December, 1531. Over the course of four days, the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result of this encounter, and the image miraculously imprin...

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Juan Diego

    Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Dr. James Prothro to discuss Mary's apparition to Saint Juan Diego on Tepeyac hill under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This important apparition played a historical role in the conversion of the Mexico to the Christian faith and the miraculous tilma worn by the ...

  • Advent: Rethinking the Season by Dr. Tim Gray

    Advent is an odd season. Unlike most other seasons, it’s a season that isn’t about itself, but is instead about preparing for Christmas. But that reality often gets lost in the shuffle and stress of trying to find all the right gifts, decorations, and dinner ingredients. In this Lighthouse Talk a...

  • Journey Through Advent: Cycle B by Bishop Robert Barron

    *NOTE: This talk follows Liturgical Cycle B but is still beneficial to listen to during Advent at anytime*

    Get the most out of Advent and Christmas by following along with Bishop Robert Barron's homilies as he unpacks the profound Scripture readings for Liturgical Cycle B.

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  • Prepare the Way of the King by Dr. Scott Hahn

    Dr. Scott Hahn, one of the most eminent Catholic theologians in our country today, reveals what scholars now know about the shepherds, the mysterious Magi, and King Herod. Your Advent journey will take on new meaning as you prepare your heart for the birth of our Lord. This illuminating presentat...

  • Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting by Mary Francis

    These Advent reflections by the abbess of a Poor Clare monastery, an accomplished spiritual writer, focus our attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives. There is a double movement to this coming: both our active preparation to be ready for him and our patient waiting for the Lord to arrive ...

  • God Made Man by Fr. Shannon Collins

    In this Christmas-themed presentation, Fr. Shannon Collins sheds new light on the Biblical narratives of the birth of Jesus Christ, as well as the beautiful Christmas traditions of the Church. Fr. Collins serves as a preacher of parish missions and retreat master. He has appeared on EWTN and has ...

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego

    Follow the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her interactions with recently canonized St. Juan Diego. Juan was a simple peasant widower, completing his daily routines, when Our Lady, heavy with child, appeared over Tepeyac Hill in Mexico, and announced other plans for him. Listen to the story of...

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe by Luis Soto

    Many people have heard of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but few people know her story. In this talk, speaker and catechist Luis Soto (who himself was born and raised in Mexico) shares the little-known history and life-changing importance of Mary's appearance to a peasant man named Juan Diego, and the mi...

  • The Mystery of Christmas by Fr. Larry Richards

    In this inspiring talk, renowned preacher and retreat master Fr. Larry Richards illuminates how the true joy of Christmas is found in the greatest gift ever given—the gift of Jesus Christ to the whole world. With humor, compassion, and clarity, Fr. Larry gets to the heart of the true meaning of C...

  • The Christmas Pageant that Almost Wasn't

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  • The True Meaning of Christmas | Lukas Storyteller

    Christmas is coming and our friends Peter, Agnes, Paul and Anna expect to receive many gifts. but when they caught in one of their antics. Lukas and Noah will help them understand the true story of Christmas and how the birth of the Son of God should change our hearts.

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  • True Meaning of Christmas | The Augustine Institute Show

    What does the Bible really say about the birth of Jesus? How did the celebration of Christmas become associated with things like Santa Claus and decorated trees? Dr. Tim Gray welcomes Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute, to discuss his new book that...

  • Christmas | Sacred Art

    Join Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp as they look at the painting Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord. This famous painting reveals the Christ Child as the light that has come into the world and also depicts the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and th...

  • Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa

    Nicholas was still a young child when he discovered a very special secret that changed his life forever. It was the gift of giving, by which he brought happiness to many people. Nevertheless, in sharing this gift, Nicholas had to face many dangers.

    Here is the fascinating story of the boy whose...

  • O Holy Night, The King is Born: What Christmas Is About

    Celebrate the wonder and joy of Christmas with Brother Francis in this heartwarming presentation of the birth of God's Son! Witness the moving submission of Mary, Joseph, and others as they make way for our Savior.

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    "The Christmas Story"—an animated presentation of the...

  • O Holy Night - Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

    Experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the Annie Moses Band as the acclaimed classical crossover ensemble performs stunning arrangements of holiday favorites.

  • The Christmas Novena | Catholic All Year w/ Kendra Tierney

    Let's talk about the Christmas Novena! If you're feeling like a Jesse Tree dropout and a St. Andrew prayer failure, I have good news for you. There's a beautiful, traditional, Catholic way to prayerfully prepare for Christmas, and it only takes nine days! Featuring Kendra Tierney of the blog and ...

  • Epiphany Part 1: House Blessing | Catholic All Year w/ Kendra Tierney

    Let's talk about Epiphany, Part I: the Epiphany House Blessing! All you need are a door, some chalk, the prayers, and your people, and this ancient Epiphany tradition can be yours. Featuring Kendra Tierney of the blog and book Catholic All Year.

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  • Epiphany Part 2: An Easy DIY King Cake | Catholic All Year w/ Kendra Tierney

    Let's talk about Epiphany, Part II! See how to make an easy DIY King Cake with canned cinnamon roll dough, a bundt cake pan, and some sprinkles. Plus learn how we crown our family King and Queen of Epiphany. Featuring Kendra Tierney of the blog and book Catholic All Year.

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  • The Story of the Nativity: The Truth of Christmas

    The story of the birth of Jesus is often misunderstood. But this fast-paced, thought-provoking look at the true story of the Nativity clears away widespread misunderstandings of Jesus' origin. Join top scholars, inspirational speakers, and popular authors as they explain the story behind the stor...