December, 2015

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

Photograph © by Andy Coan

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 […]

Encountering the Word — Hebrews 11:1

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear. ” […]

Discover the Deeper Meaning of Christmas

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

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 […]

Encountering the Word — Isaiah 61:1-2

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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 […]

Peter, do you love me?

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

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 […]

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:39-40

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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

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 […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as ‘infant martyr flowers’; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace) August 28 is the Memorial of St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354 – […]

Encountering the Word — Acts 7:55-60

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “But he [Stephen], filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ But they cried out in […]