Daily Reflection

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Lessons from the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. Each year, this celebration occurs on the Sunday following Christmas Day, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, then it falls on the following Friday—which it does this year! The Church wants us to see the important link between […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Murillo

Merry Christmas from Integrated Catholic Life

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped […]

Daily Reflection — As We Approach the Crib

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah wanted an explanation from God and his disbelief had its consequences: […]

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

Daily Reflection — Justice, Mercy and Peace

“He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the […]

"Shrine of the Nativity in Bethlehem" by David Roberts

Daily Reflection — Inner Strength

“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 question […]

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, […]

Photography © by Randy Hain

Daily Reflection — How Long, O Lord?

“How long, Lord? Will you hide forever? Must your wrath smolder like fire? Remember how brief life is, how frail the sons of man you have created!” (Psalm 89:47-48). Oftentimes in this life of toil and suffering, we seem to be forever waiting.  Waiting for decisions by potential employers. Waiting for test results from medical exams. Waiting for a better […]

Daily Reflection — Light of Christ

“Hark! a herald voice is calling through the shadows of the night. Cast away the dreams of darkness, Christ descends with heavenly light.” (from a hymn for Lauds on December 17). This life that we directly experience and live through our five material senses can seem to be all that there is. But the reality is that we see only […]

"Childhood of Christ" (detail) by Gerrit van Honthorst

Daily Reflection — God’s Gift of Grace can Change Your Life

“May your grace, almighty God, always go before us and follow after, so that we, who await with heartfelt desire the coming of your Only Begotten Son, may receive your help both now and in the life to come.” (Collect at Mass for Friday of the Third Week of Advent in Year A). In Him all things are possible, nothing […]

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

Daily Reflection — Praise His Holy Name

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name” (Psalm 30:4). If you are a Christian, you must be a person of prayer. There is no way to have a relationship with Jesus Christ without talking and listening to Him—and that is the very definition of prayer. If I do not pray, then […]