Eucharist

"The Prophet Isaiah" (detail) by Michelangelo

Daily Reflection — Let the clouds rain down the Just One

“Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior…” (cf. Isaiah 45:8) I am encouraged by the number of people who by their service to others demonstrate their faith this Advent season. Their spoken love of Jesus is backed up by their solidarity with those around them who are less fortunate and in need. […]

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" by Paolo Veronese

Daily Reflection — The Many Ways God Calls to Us

Be sure to watch the video at the end after you read this post… One morning, my wife and I ate breakfast at la Madeleine—Country French for me and scrambled with croissant for my wife. The day had begun a with a visit to the doctor, which carries its own concerns, and promised to become a busy day of work and chores. […]

St. Albert the Great

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Albert the Great

Writing on the Lord’s gift of the Eucharist… “He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this Sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this Sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it […]

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

The Gift I Want to Give Back

I’m a dry-eyed gal most of the time, and I have always prided myself on that trait. Then I started going to Mass. I certainly didn’t mean to turn into a blubbering mess.  At the time, I was a tough know-it-all college graduate, and I was only there because this good-looking Prince Charming of mine insisted that he had to […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Thankfulness—It is Right and Just

Leprosy is a dreadful thing anywhere, anytime.  But in the ancient Near East, it was a particularly heavy burden to bear since it meant complete social isolation.  You could, of course, hang out with other lepers.  But you were bound to stay far away from the healthy as possible lest they be contaminated with your disease.  To be a leper […]

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

“What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon) The Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1286) is October 4. Print this entry

My new favorite prayers

As Catholics, we are often criticized for our ritual worship and rote prayers.   While at times I do wish I was more poised when leading public impromptu prayers, I am grateful for the treasury of prayers at our fingertips.  Far from lifeless, these prayers come from our rich heritage—thousands of years of holy men and women, from the writings […]

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John Vianney

“When we leave the holy banquet, we are as happy as the Wise Men would have been, if they could have carried away the Infant Jesus.” (St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, Cure d’Ars) The Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney, Priest (1786 – 1859) is August 4. Print this entry

"Raising of Jairus' Daughter" (detail) by Ilya Repin

Are We too Enlightened to Believe?

In the days when states were still “the colonies” and men wore powdered wigs, a new way of thinking captured the intelligentsia of the western world. One might have believed: “The miracle stories in the Bible and the lives of the saints may be quaint, entertaining, and even have symbolic meaning.  But certainly we should not take them literally!  Oh, […]