Archive for December, 2012

“Soul Searching”

Friday, December 28th, 2012

“Soul searching” is a phrase that has received great attention in recent days in blogs, radio talk shows, media commentaries and political discourse.  This introspection grows out of the killing of 20 first-grade children as they attended school in Newtown, Connecticut.  With them were their principal and five staff members of the school, some of […] [Read more]

I Proclaim to You Glad Tidings of Great Joy: Today in the City of David a Savior has been Born for You!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas!  Jesus has the perfect gift for all of us – Himself. Will you accept it? It is a common problem: you want to give something special, something just right, but what do you give to the person who already seems to have everything? Eventually though, the answer presents itself to believers and nonbelievers […] [Read more]

Reconciliation is the Sacrament of the Year of Faith

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

On the Second Sunday of Advent, we heard John the Baptist imploring, Repent! Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths! If we are to be successful in preparing other people for the Lord during the Year of Faith, we must first straighten our own path.  Before we can effectively re-propose the Good […] [Read more]

Building a Civilization of Love

Friday, December 14th, 2012

  News from Connecticut today of yet another school shooting has shocked us all. It has stopped people in their tracks and has brought a tear to the eyes of many around the world. We grieve for those killed and join with people of all faiths in praying for them, for the wounded in the […] [Read more]

At Home with Our Lady of Guadalupe

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

When Blessed John Paul II made his first papal pilgrimage to Mexico in 1979, he stood below the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at her basilica in Mexico City and said simply, “Hail Mary.” Twenty years later, John Paul II made a homecoming to that shrine in Mexico, and again stood near the image […] [Read more]

En casa con Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

En su primera visita papal a México en 1979, el beato Juan Pablo II, a los pies de la imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe en su basílica de la Ciudad de México simplemente exclamó “Ave María”. Veinte años más tarde al visitar nuevamente la basílica y al detenerse cerca del cuadro de la Virgen […] [Read more]

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, assumed into heaven.  Each of the four Marian doctrines complements and informs our understanding of the others, such that we might see in this Year of Faith that the entire life of Mary is not only a model, but […] [Read more]

A Season of Giving

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Advent season offers a special time of giving, when we are invited to support the work of the many Catholic ministries that serve the needy in our community. For instance, showing Christ’s love and hope to others is what Catholic Charities does.  As the largest nongovernmental social service provider in the Washington area, this […] [Read more]

Clearing a Space for Christ during Advent

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

What is on your list?  It is a familiar question at this time of year.  Parents ask it of children, spouses ask it of one another, colleagues bring it up over coffee at the office.  Some of us make lists of gifts we need to purchase, Christmas cards we want to send, groceries we need […] [Read more]