Posts Tagged ‘Find the Perfect Gift’

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]

Throwback Thursday: Bringing the Light of Advent to a Black Friday Culture

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The use of the term, “Black Friday,” to identify the day after Thanksgiving has always struck me as appropriate given how swiftly our society turns its attention from thanking God for our many blessings to scrambling to the stores in the middle of the night to find a bargain on the “perfect gift” for Christmas.  […] [Read more]

There is a Place for You in the House of the Lord

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

As the family of God gathers today on this first Sunday of Advent, we joyfully proclaim again and again in the Responsorial Psalm: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122). This invitation to go together to God’s house is the heart of our annual archdiocesan “Find the Perfect Gift” evangelization […] [Read more]

Seeking the Gift of Christ’s Mercy this Advent

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Over the last several months, our newspapers, our TV screens, and social media feeds have been filled with images of so many people in such desperate situations. From the streets of Paris, to the borders of the countries of Eastern Europe to the war-torn towns of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, people are dying, wounded and […] [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]

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]

Preparing for the Coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

As November draws to a close and we begin a new liturgical year, we enter into the season of Advent. The name of this special time comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” The Church has celebrated this season since ancient times, although the number of days has varied over the centuries. In the […] [Read more]

Christmas Invitations

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Christmas is an invitation to rejoice in the Good News – our Savior is born.  Looking upon the infant Jesus lying in the manger, our hearts are touched with love and affection for the Lord who gave himself to us, sharing in our human lives so that we might share in his divine life. Babies […] [Read more]

Saint Nicholas and Our Contemporary Christmas Culture

Friday, December 6th, 2013

With Thanksgiving over, the month-long pre-Christmas season begins in earnest.  The sales are also on – in fact, many stores have been decorated for the holidays since mid-October.  It is tempting to think the truth of the Christ Child is again being eclipsed by the secular voice of commercialism. But as Pope Francis says, “Do […] [Read more]

“Find the Perfect Gift”

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Just as we begin more serious preparation for upcoming Christmas celebrations with family and friends, our Advent readings help us consider the spiritual significance of preparing.  It is the season of Advent that invites us to ready ourselves for the coming of Our Lord – not just the celebration of his birth at Christmas, but […] [Read more]