Incarnation

"The Annunciation" (detail) by Van der Weyden

The Annunciation—The Moment When All Creation Held its Breath

The Moment There is a moment in time which defines all history; a moment to which all that came before, all that has come after and all that is yet to come, points as supremely significant.  On March 25th of each Liturgical Year (April 9 this year due to March 25 observing Palm Sunday), we remember the event that took place then—the moment when the […]

The realness of Christ

“From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom…” began the first reading at Mass one day this week. Years ago, perhaps I would have pictured a brightly-colored cartoon derived from a picture Bible of my youth, or maybe an aging Charlton Heston would walk across my mental image […]

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

The Epiphany and God’s Search for You

Our Search for God It is likely that each of us here actively seek the Lord. Jesus, Himself, instructs us to seek Him, saying, “Seek and you will find.” Man and woman’s search for God is a recurring story through the ages as we try to discover the meaning of our lives. While meditating on the Fifth Joyful Mystery of […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Magi and their Gifts

This commentary on the Feast of the Epiphany uncovers the meaning of the term epiphany and explains why the Magi — Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior, the three kings of Orient riding camels and carrying gold, frankincense, and myrrh — are found, complete with crowns and camels, in every nativity scene. Reflection on the Mass readings for Christmastide: The Epiphany of the […]

Daily Reflection—Born of God

“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous. He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

God Chose Mary to be His Mother

The teaching that Mary is God’s mother was proclaimed to teach us that Jesus is true man AND true God. Each January 1 (the Octave of Christmas), the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  I receive more comments and questions from non-Catholics, and even some Catholics, about the Church’s Marian practices and teachings than just about any other topic. […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Holy Family—Piety in the Twenty-First Century?

The Feast of the Holy Family challenges us to grow in the virtues of piety, honor, patience, and forbearance.   And to learn to laugh together. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Feast of the Holy Family (Year B) — Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40. The Passion of […]

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Daily Catholic Quote — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“The mark of the Christian is the willingness to look for the Divine in the flesh of a babe in a crib, the continuing Christ under the appearance of bread on an altar, and a meditation and a prayer on a string of beads.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love) Please share on social media. Print this entry

"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) […]