Archive for December, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The Holy Family and Families Today

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

On the Church’s liturgical calendar, the first Sunday after Christmas is dedicated to the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  As we celebrate this day, we also reflect on how the family of our Lord reveals God’s plan for all families. “To understand the family today,” said Pope Francis on the eve of the […] [Read more]

The Nativity of Our Lord

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Today, a Savior is born to us.  We celebrate Jesus’ birthday in history not as a past event, but something that is on-going.  The nativity of our Lord goes beyond the limits of time and space.  It endures as a present reality in the world and in human hearts. The Gospels speak with profound simplicity […] [Read more]

Christmas Invitations and Gifts

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

“Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy,” exclaimed the angel to the shepherds in the field. “Today in the city of David, a Savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord”  (Luke 2:10-11). At the heart of Christmas is this invitation to rejoice in the Good News, an invitation […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Jesus is Emmanuel, God With Us

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

What is it like to see the face of God?  At the beginning, Adam and Eve had walked with him in the Garden, but they rejected his gifts and without a pure heart, they could no longer see God.  With humanity thereafter affected by sin, Abraham never saw the Lord’s face in all his glory […] [Read more]

Intensifying our Preparation for Christmas with the Antiphons of Advent

Monday, December 18th, 2017

One of the more striking hymns that everyone associates with Advent is O Come, O Come Emmanuel, which captures so beautifully the longing for the Messiah. It is one of the songs called the “O Antiphons,” each of which reveals some part of what God’s people have yearned for in their Savior.  The antiphons are […] [Read more]

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]