holiness

When You’re Too Busy for Advent

Last week, we looked at making a plan for Advent. So often our spiritual preparation gets lost in the midst of our preparation for the temporal demands of the season. Advent is now half-over, and you may be thinking it’s too late to make a spiritual plan. Quite possibly the demands on your time have ramped up as Christmas approaches, […]

Making a Plan for Advent

I heard someone point out once that most of us generally celebrate two seasons – Lent and not-Lent. When Lent rolls around, we have the sense that we need to make a plan. How often we hear the week before Lent from someone: “I need to decide what I’m going to do for Lent.” We decide to live the season […]

Is Holiness Weird?

The lives of the saints are beautiful testimonies to the Catholic Faith. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI said that along with evangelizing power of beauty, the lives of the saints are the “true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth.” Immersing ourselves in the stories of our predecessors should remind us that holiness is possible and […]

Who – or What – Rules Me?

Stained glass window at the Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale depicting Christ the King with the regalia of a Byzantine emperor. (January 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday falls the feast of Christ the King. It’s an interesting juxtaposition. I’m not going to condemn people for shopping on either day, because there are stores that need that boost and there are people who need those sales. A great savings can be a good act of stewardship. Rather, I would encourage people […]

Is it worth saying?

Over the last several weeks, as a result of a brief cold, I found myself with no voice. I damaged my vocal cords several years ago, so it doesn’t take much for me to lose my voice, but this time the loss was particularly long-lasting and frustrating. For someone who speaks for a living, it meant cancelling several talks and […]

Daily Reflection — The Kingdom of God is Among You

Carpathian mountain valley

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (Luke 17:20-21) […]

Daily Quote — St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin and Foundress

“I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him.” (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin and Foundress) The Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 – 1917) is November 13. Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Keeping the Great Commandment

Photography © by Andy Coan

Hear O Israel!  Most have heard of the Great Commandment – to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself.  But if God is just and salvation depends upon perfect obedience to this command, who can be saved? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalms 18:2-3, […]

Holiness and All Saints

Photography © by Andy Coan

All Saints Day, observed tomorrow—November 1, gives us the opportunity to honor the multitudes of Christians who are in heaven yet are not on either the canonized saint list or the liturgical calendar.  But it also provides us the chance to reflect on just what holiness is and who is called to sanctity. Reflection on the Mass readings for the […]