Although the fall colors have yet to truly settle in, shopping centers and store fronts across the city are decked out in holiday decorations reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner.
These signs of the coming Christmas holiday, often colorful lights, massive Christmas trees and larger-than-life twinkling gift boxes, are many times absent of the original Christmas story: the Nativity scene of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and the Christ Child swaddled and lying in a manger.
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of New Caney are a small community of contemplative women whose lives are dedicated to prayer for the Church and for all people. Originally located in Houston, the community moved in 1974 to New Caney, a wooded area at the northern section of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
At the fifth-annual Fall Speakers Series, presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health, the San José Clinic honored and raised awareness of four of its partnerships that not only support its efforts with funding and volunteers, but also shares its mission of providing quality healthcare and education to those with limited access in an environment which respects the dignity of each person.
When bishops from around the world convened in Rome in October for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the world’s secular press waited outside closed doors with anticipation reminiscent of a papal election. They were probably disappointed.
Madeline Johnson, producer of the Archdiocesan radio ministry, said she remembers meeting Benedictine Father Cyprian Davis multiple times during his life. Her favorite memory came in 1993 when he came to visit Houston. This was the Centennial Year for St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart (The Josephites), and Father Cyprian accepted the invitation to participate.
In recent months, Pope Francis has talked about the tragedy of human trafficking. According to the United Nations, there are 21 million victims worldwide, thousands of whom are in the U.S. Houston is a major hub for human trafficking in the U.S., with victims in both labor and sex trafficking.
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