Advent

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Keeping Watch All Through the Year

It seems like Advent began only yesterday, but we have already passed through Christmas and are already focused on school or work.  If you are like me, I promised at the start of Advent that I would keep Advent alive all year.  After all, Advent and Christmas time are important to every one of us. Pope Saint Leo the Great […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Discovering God’s Magnificent Plan Just for You

When God has a Different Plan I think most of us can remember an occasion when we had something all planned out. It might have been something relatively minor or it might have concerned something of greater significance to our lives. And then, everything changed and the plans we had made had to be set aside for a while or […]

"The Annunciation" (detail by Murillo

The Mystery of Advent—Annunciation & Incarnation

The biblical term “mystery” refers to a long thread running through history, hidden under ordinary faces and events.  It comes to a climax in an Angel’s annunciation to a Virgin that puts together many biblical concepts—king, messiah, emmanuel, son of God—pondered on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B) […]

The Annunciation of the Angel to Saint Zechariah (detail of fresco) by Domenico Ghirlandalo

Daily Reflection — It is never too late for God’s Love

“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, […]

Arise in Faith

“Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word.” (A homily in Praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Saint Bernard, abbot; from the Second Reading for Matins on December 20). At times, this life that we directly experience and live […]

Daily Catholic Quote — 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) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Photography Courtesy of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

December by Candlelight

Every day we look forward to the gift of another dawn as the sun begins to peek through the curtain of the night to bring the vibrancy of color back to us yet again. It is a ritual of sorts, isn’t it? When the first blush of the dawn greets the dark cloak of the night sky and slowly but […]