The Simplicity and Silence of Bethlehem

“God’s sign is simplicity. God’s sign is the baby. God’s sign is that He makes Himself small for us. This is how He reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby – defenseless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with His . . . Read more

Merry Christmas from HLI!

Tomorrow we will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, a truly holy day that is certainly filled with much sentiment for children and adults of all ages, but whose meaning comes from a Child, a newborn Baby. With eagerness we wait for Christmas and ready ourselves with joyful anticipation, counting the hours and even the . . . Read more

Accomplishing Great Things: A Christmas Message

Saint Mother Teresa’s proclivity for evoking quotes of spiritual genius offers timeless inspiration. Such the humble icon was Mother Teresa that, in all the good she said and all the good she did, it was her faithful and trusting disposition that led her to accomplish great things for His glory: to serve the impoverished, the . . . Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Pro-Life Movement

The question is this: How am I doing this Advent? Am I using this season of preparation to clear out the materialist muck, the stress and distractions of my life? And if the honest answer is no, then the question becomes: What can I do now to get ready for Christmas? God has a marvelous . . . Read more

The Nativity Scene Opens Our Hearts to the Mystery of Life

Tradition teaches that Saint Francis of Assisi set up the first Nativity scene in order to inspire and encourage a greater appreciation of the wonders of the first Christmas. The year was 1223, and Francis created the scene in a cave outside Greccio, Italy featuring a wax figure of the infant Jesus and a man . . . Read more

Consumerism and the Dignity of Man

There has been lively debate in the media over whether it is a good idea for stores to start their Black Friday sales on Thursday evening — if the consumerism mentality tarnishes the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas Season. The question as to whether Black Friday tarnishes Thanksgiving and Christmas has become moot since it seems . . . Read more

Resolve to Spend More Time Spreading the Gospel of Life

In a few short days, we will celebrate the beginning of the New Year. For many this brings a sense of renewal, joy and anticipation. For others the New Year seems to only solidify the current problems and exasperate the struggles. For still others, it’s just another passing moment, another day and another year. As . . . Read more