Incarnation

The Epiphany and God’s Search for You

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

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 […]

The Magi and their Gifts

Photography © by Andy Coan

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 […]

Holy Family—Piety in the Twenty-First Century?

Photography © by Andy Coan

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 […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

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

Encountering the Word — John 1:14

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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14) Please share on social media. Print this entry

The Mystery of Advent—Annunciation & Incarnation

"The Annunciation" (detail by Murillo

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) […]

What we have seen with our own eyes

"Appearance of Christ on the Mountain in Galilee" (detail) by Duccio di Buoninsegna [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As we approach the mystery of Christmas, it is important to not become jaded to the shocking reality of what we profess.  During Advent, we have journeyed with the Blessed Mother, who kept the mystery of the Incarnation within her for nine months. As we now prepare to recount the story of that night in Bethlehem, we can’t allow ourselves […]

Encountering the Word — Colossians 1:15-20

Photography © by Andy Coan

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is […]

Why it Matters Who Jesus Is

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

I have been reading, with both profit and delight, Thomas Joseph White’s latest book, The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology. Fr. White, one of the brightest of a new generation of Thomas interpreters, explores a range of topics in this text—the relationship between Jesus’ human and divine natures, whether the Lord experienced the beatific vision, the theological significance of […]