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"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

This beloved Christmas song has Mary all wrong

I love Christmas music so much, it’s hard to force myself to wait to listen to it. I make myself wait until at least halfway through Advent, but after that you’ll find me listening to it into January. Of course, there are several Christmas songs that I could do without, and a few that make me want to turn the […]

"The Maccabees" by Wojciech Stattler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Capitulation, Complacency, and the Courage of the Maccabees

This week in the first readings at Mass, we have been hearing the story of the Maccabean revolt against Antiochus Epiphanes. If you haven’t had the chance to hear the readings at Mass, it is worth reading them for a good overview of this important event in the history of the Jewish people. The first and second books of Maccabees […]

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Augustine of Hippo

“He came as Savior. He died, but he vanquished death. In himself he put an end to what we feared; he took it upon himself and he vanquished it—as a mighty hunter he captured and slew the lion.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Homily 233.3) The Memorial of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace (A.D. 354 – 430) is August […]

Confessionals

The Fight against Concupiscence

In the first reading today at daily Mass, Paul reminds us of that pesky thing we call concupiscence.  While baptism both forgives original sin and personal sins and removes the eternal consequences for those sins, we are left with certain temporal consequences of sin.  These include suffering and death, along with “frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Romans 5:12,15,17

“Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned… But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man […]

Why Do We Follow a Secular Compass?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely get through the day without feeling beaten up a little by the demands and pervasive negative influence of the world. It is difficult to find peace and block out the noise. I am challenged to avoid committing the same venial sins over and over each day. In my weakness, I tend to […]

"Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard" (detail) by Rembrandt

Who We Are Matters, not What We Have

I believe that one of the great challenges of our time derives from the loss of knowledge of who we are and what we are made for. Actually, we may know these eternal truths, but we tend to suppress them in our consciousness. In this age of consumerism, we tend to define ourselves, not by who we are and for […]

St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Catherine of Siena

“We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with one hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.” (St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor) The Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (1347 – 1380) is April 29. Please share on social media. Print this entry

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Acts 2:37-39

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For […]