Archive for December, 2016

The Gift and Power of Love

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

“What do you want for Christmas?” It is estimated that this year several billion dollars will be spent in this country on Christmas gifts – from toys for kids to clothing to the latest electronic devices, jewelry and more to put under the tree. Clearly, the exchange of tangible gifts is a significant part of […] [Read more]

Walking and Praying with Mary

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

This is a special time to venerate, imitate and walk with our Blessed Mother. Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which commemorates the Virgin Mary’s sinlessness from the moment she was conceived in the womb. At noon, I will celebrate a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception […] [Read more]

Reflections from the John Carroll Society Annual Board of Governors Mass

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Yesterday, I had the joy of celebrating Mass with the Board of Governors of the John Carroll Society. With me was their chaplain, Monsignor Peter Vaghi. This is long standing tradition – the Advent Mass preceding the evening meeting. For those who may not be familiar with the John Carroll Society, it is an organization […] [Read more]

Repent and Prepare the Way of the Lord

Monday, December 5th, 2016

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1). In these weeks of Advent looking forward to Christmas, this voice of John the Baptist crying out in the desert rings afresh in our ears today. The Precursor of Jesus urges us to contritely admit our wrongs and failings before God and seek his […] [Read more]

Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ Through Christmas Carols

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

It has become one of the most popular genres of music.  Major artists from a diversity of backgrounds record special albums of these songs and some radio stations and shopping malls play this music exclusively during the present season.  Meanwhile, every day people everywhere find themselves humming and singing along.  Christmas carols – these beautiful […] [Read more]