Archive for December, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Rejoice in the Lord Always

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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.  Meanwhile, others may be distressed because they are out of work.  It is in […] [Read more]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Amidst all the preparations, decorating and shopping this Advent season, the voice of John the Baptist cries out to us, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!” (Mark 1:3) The way of the Lord is love and mercy, light and salvation which leads out of the spiritual desert to the spring of […] [Read more]

The Trinity Dome: The Crowning Jewel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 8th, 2017

The dedication today of the Trinity Dome mosaic, the crowning jewel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, marks the completion of a pilgrimage that began nearly a century ago, with the laying of the shrine’s foundation stone in 1920. The final touches on this sanctuary of prayer are thanks to […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Incomparable Importance of Immaculate Mary in Our Life of Faith

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a beautiful, beloved, essential and pervasive figure in the Church calendar.  Tomorrow, 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]

The Perfect Gift

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Today begins the liturgical season of Advent, during which the Church prepares to receive the fullness of God’s promise. We recall the centuries and millennia when the world awaited the arrival of our Lord and Savior. There is also an intensifying of the Church’s expectations for the future as we reflect on what it means […] [Read more]