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 […]

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

A Christmas Rebellion?

I have been pleasantly surprised this Advent season.  I was prepared to receive a tidal wave of Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings cards with no mention of Christmas in them.  I have been listening for the growing trend towards the frustrating “Happy Holidays” from employees of retail and grocery stores.  I assumed people would feel reluctant to give their time, […]


Daily Reflection — The Higher Qualities

  “Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations. Before the mountains were born, the earth and the world brought forth, from eternity to eternity you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2). From eternity to eternity… Christmas Day fast approaches in just a few days. Still for many people there are many things left undone that shout for our attention. The […]

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

The Holy Family: Salvation and Love

As Christians, we are very familiar with Advent as a season of waiting, but really, our whole life is, essentially, a long season of waiting. Particularly, we wait for the last Advent—the last coming of Christ at the end of time. Every Advent gives us the opportunity to pause, and very intentionally focus on what we should be doing every […]


Daily Reflection — Never too late to love Jesus!

“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, […]

"The Visitation" (detail) by Albertinell"The Visitation" (detail) by Albertinell

Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Leads Us to Her Son

We have arrived at the final Sunday of Advent. Christmas is just five days away. Hopefully, we have all completed our shopping and decorating. Our children have all mailed their letters to Santa! Many of us are completing preparations for our families to gather together to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. So, hopefully, we have also been attentive […]


Catholic Quote of the Day — O Antiphons: O Clavis David

O Clavis David: “O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man closes, who closes and no man opens: come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison!” (Vespers for December 20th; antiphon recited with the Magnificat) Print this entry