Archive for December, 2014

The Jewish Feasts in Light of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The story of salvation history is one of God preparing humanity by progressive steps for reconciliation and redemption in Jesus Christ. In the events of the Old Testament, including the holy days and other memorial feasts of ancient Israel, the Church has from the earliest days seen Christ prefigured. As the Second Vatican Council teaches, […] [Read more]

Picturing Mary

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas, venerating her as the mother of Jesus and our mother. Each year, millions of pilgrims from around the world travel to Mexico City to venerate the image of Our Lady displayed in her shrine there. Her image, which miraculously […] [Read more]

The Incomparable Importance of Immaculate Mary in Our Life of Faith

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a beautiful, beloved, essential and pervasive figure in the Church calendar. Today, we rejoice in her Immaculate Conception, celebrating her as God’s greatest creation – the vessel he fashioned to be his own mother, the woman who would bear him into the world. Pope Francis explains that, in view of […] [Read more]

In the Spirit of Saint Nicholas

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

In the midst of this very busy time of year – when images of snowy silent nights, warm cozy fires and people relaxing with a hot cup of cocoa seem at odds with the length of our “to-do” lists, the number of school and family activities, and all the other Christmas chores – how do […] [Read more]

The Year of Consecrated Life

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of Consecrated Life, which began this past Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. Some might wonder why the Holy Father is calling the Church to observe this year in conjunction with the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Perhaps Pope Francis wants us to meditate more deeply on the […] [Read more]