Archive for December, 2013

The Love of the Holy Family

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

The joy of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – fills our hearts this Christmas season.  In them is the prototype and model for every family.  Just as Christ “the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself and brings […] [Read more]

Saint Stephen Martyr

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

When Pope Benedict XVI visited Washington in 2008, members of Saint Stephen Martyr Parish stood outside their church on Pennsylvania Avenue, nine blocks from the White House, and waved to the Holy Father as the “popemobile” passed by. How fitting it was that parishioners of Saint Stephen Martyr would be among those welcoming the vicar […] [Read more]

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

On this Christmas Day, we remember and celebrate the joyous story of Jesus’ birth and the beginning of our redemption.  May today and every day be a time of confident faith, spiritual joy and lasting peace for you and your families and a time when in our own lives earth truly does meet heaven. Proclamation […] [Read more]

“Merry Christmas and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The 1960s were a time of great promise and idealism in our country and throughout the world.  For example, in 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. electrified the nation with the soaring rhetoric of his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the climax of the March on Washington.  We celebrated […] [Read more]

Christmas Invitations

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Christmas is an invitation to rejoice in the Good News – our Savior is born.  Looking upon the infant Jesus lying in the manger, our hearts are touched with love and affection for the Lord who gave himself to us, sharing in our human lives so that we might share in his divine life. Babies […] [Read more]

The “O” Antiphons

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Throughout Advent, we are invited to rejoice in the goodness and glory of God.  “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:2).  In a particular way, the Church reflects upon the names for God that tell the story of our salvation through the gift of his Son to […] [Read more]

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

With all of the festivities and preparations associated with the weeks before Christmas, this can be a very hectic time.  Add shopping to the mix, and the long day at the mall jostling amid the crowds might tempt some to irritation.  Others may be distressed because they are out of work.  It is in this […] [Read more]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

One year ago today, Pope Benedict XVI launched the papal Twitter account, sending his first “tweet” to more than one million followers.  Fittingly, his effort to preach the Gospel in a new way to a worldwide audience on the “digital continent” came on December 12, 2012, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who played […] [Read more]

Reflections of Mary

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

This season before Christmas is a time for reflection.  We recall how, trusting in the promises of God, his people longed for the coming of the Messiah, a king from the house of David who would save his people (e.g., 2 Samuel 7:11 et seq., Jeremiah 23:5-8).  This year, the Second Sunday of Advent falls […] [Read more]

Saint Nicholas and Our Contemporary Christmas Culture

Friday, December 6th, 2013

With Thanksgiving over, the month-long pre-Christmas season begins in earnest.  The sales are also on – in fact, many stores have been decorated for the holidays since mid-October.  It is tempting to think the truth of the Christ Child is again being eclipsed by the secular voice of commercialism. But as Pope Francis says, “Do […] [Read more]