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Pivonka: “Waiting Well”

I am not Scrooge. I want to get that out there before I write anything else. I love Christmas. I don’t want to “Bah! Humbug!” twinkle lights. And I plan on giving every employee of Franciscan University of Steubenville a week off to celebrate.

But (you knew the “but” was coming), it’s not yet Christmas.

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Martin: “An Advent Paean to Christian Hope”

Among the many symptoms marking the crisis of faith and culture we are going through, here’s one that happens every year after Thanksgiving, falling like dead leaves during the days before Christmas, a feast for which there is simply no way to give adequate thanks.  And that is the season of Advent, which finds itself more and more shorn of its original and sacred meaning.

Traditional Treats

Which Traditional Treat Should You Make This Christmas?

Take the quiz and learn about Christmas traditions around the world! Which Traditional Treat Should You Eat This Christmas? Step 1 of 10 10% Which of the following activities would be adventurous for you?Bungee jumpingCampingPartyingGoing out to eat If Reindeer couldn’t pull Santa's sleigh, what animals could?HorsesDogsPolar BearsGoats What sort of flavor do you prefer?BitterSaltyTartSweet…

Hiking in the snow

To the Top

I stop to catch my breath. Breathing heavily at 7,000 feet, the water vapor condenses into a thousand tiny droplets of ice. My foggy breath lifts into the air and becomes a cloud. Winter has arrived.

Closeup of Wooden Jesus on the Cross

Finding Beauty in Holy Week

There’s a common phrase we hear when discussing our faith. Perhaps you’ve heard it in class. Possibly, you’ve read it in a blog post. Maybe, you heard your favorite Catholic speaker lay claim to it, nodding your head and thinking, “yeah man, that.”

Franciscan University Christ the King Chapel rooftop

Holy Week Schedule 2019

Palm Sunday, April 14 Mass in Christ the King Chapel: 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 15 Mass in Christ the King Chapel: 6:30 a.m. 12:05 p.m. Mass Canceled: 4:45 p.m. Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 Mass in Christ the King Chapel: 6:30 a.m.…