December, 2015

Photograph © by Andy Coan

On Honoring Christ in Our Hearts and Being Authentically Catholic in the New Year

One of the most famous Christmas quotes of all time is this one from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Reflecting on this quote has made me think about resolutions a little differently for 2016.  I would like you to join me in a different […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

Discover the Deeper Meaning of Christmas

In the days of Caesar Augustus, an era of peace was established in the Mediterranean world after centuries of strife.  But this peace was forged by the proud ambition of emperors and the edge of their armies’ swords. Upon this stage appears a baby acclaimed as king by eastern dignitaries.  Neither Caesar nor Herod will brook any rivals.  So brutal […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Gerard van Honthorst

Daily Reflection — Glad Tidings

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus, reading these words from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, […]

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Encountering the Word — Isaiah 61:1-2

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison[c] to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the […]

"The Denial of St. Peter" (detail) by Theodoor Rombouts

Peter, do you love me?

If we abandon ourselves to Christ who tells us “man does not live by bread alone from on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” then it is for us to believe the revealed word and the Holy Spirit will grant us the gifts of understanding and wisdom. Have you ever wished that you had been born in […]

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

Daily Reflection — Walk the way of the Lord

“And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who says ‘I know him’ but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who […]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 2:39-40

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:39-40) Print this entry

"The Flight to Egypt" (detail) by Carl Spitzweg

Daily Reflection — Why Did the Holy Innocents Have to Die?

On the fourth day of our Christmas celebration, the Church reminds us that not everyone is joyful; that there exist those who are not of goodwill who do not wish to receive the season’s glad tidings. Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents in which the Church recalls and honors those baby boys whose lives were taken in a […]

What I Learned from Failing at Advent (Again)

My standard response, whenever anyone asks how my Advent is going, is “Well, I’m failing.” I don’t say it as a matter of course or as a habit, but because it’s usually true. This year was no different. In fact, if anything, this year was the worst since I’ve been Catholic and trying to actually observe Advent. The weeks leading up […]