Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble As people around the world make resolutions for the future and for new beginnings on this New Year’s Day, which is also the octave day of Christmas, it is fitting that the Church lifts up for us the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of […] [Read more]

The Holy Family of Nazareth is the Model for Families of Today

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Tweet Share Pin4 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Usually we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family the Sunday after Christmas. This year, however, because the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which takes precedence, the Church is observing this day dedicated to the […] [Read more]

A New Beginning as the Promise of the Ages is Fulfilled

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Tweet Share Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble When a baby is born and his parents look upon him and hold him for the first time, it is a time of wonder and awe at so precious a gift. When Jesus was born that Christmas morning and Mary held him in her arms […] [Read more]

Meditations on the Vigil of Christmas

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Today you could make the 70-80 mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem in about an hour or two. For Joseph and Mary, however, it would have taken several days – on foot, over difficult terrain. We can suppose though that for Mary, nine months pregnant, […] [Read more]

The Light of the World

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share1 Share Yum Stumble Inevitably at some point in the busyness of planning for Christmas, we should find ourselves asking “What does Christmas really mean?” We know it is more than exchanging gifts and getting lost in the beauty of a winter night brightened by Christmas lights and decorations. […] [Read more]

The Gift and Power of Love

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble “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, […] [Read more]

The Holy Family and Families Today

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Tweet Share68 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Tweet Share1K Pin1 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Merry Christmas! On this day, heaven and earth sing in exultation. A great Light has come into the world to scatter the darkness, a new day has dawned for all mankind – Christ our Savior is born in Bethlehem. Pope Francis during the Canonization Mass […] [Read more]

Epiphany: The Public Revelation of the Savior of the World

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Tweet Share182 Pin4 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleBefore the invention of satellites or digital compasses and the Global Positioning System, travelers, navigators and mariners looked to the stars for guidance. The Gospel of Matthew tells us about one particular star, the Star of Bethlehem, which pointed to the Lord Jesus and guided the […] [Read more]

The Rich Vocabulary of the Feasts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Tweet Share89 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Today we celebrate the sixth day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord during the season of Christmas. Yesterday was the memorial of Saint Thomas Becket. Tomorrow evening, more than reveling in New Year’s Eve, we celebrate the vigil of the Solemnity of […] [Read more]