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Daily Reflection—A Light Has Shone in the Darkness

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” (Isaiah 9:2 RSVCE) When the time was full in Salvation History and Almighty God sent His Son among us as His Anointed One, the people of Israel had been living in a great, oppressive darkness. Into this seemingly […]

Daily Reflection—Wait Patiently for the Lord

“Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act And make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like noonday. Be still before the Lord; […]

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

When are We Who We Are Meant to Be

When I was seventeen-years-old, I wanted to be the next Jim Morrison. I was actively seeking to feed only my sensual delights through a hedonistic framework built in order to cope with insecurity and make my social experiences more comfortable for myself. To make matters worse, I was increasingly affirmed in my impression that I was truly myself (and at […]

Daily Reflection—Bringing Justice to the Nations

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; […]

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

Daily Reflection — God Speaks through His Son

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe […]

"The Flight to Egypt" (detail) by Carl Spitzweg

In Memory of the Holy Innocents

On the fourth day of our Christmas celebration, the Church reminds us that not everyone is joyful; that there exist those who are not of goodwill who do not wish to receive the season’s glad tidings. Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents in which the Church recalls and honors those baby boys whose lives were taken in a […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Gerard van Honthorst

Daily Reflection — Glad Tidings

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus, reading these words from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, […]

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

Daily Reflection — Walking the way of the Lord

“And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who says ‘I know him’ but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who […]

"The Stoning of St. Stephen" (detail) by Rembrandt

Laying Down Your Life

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:59). Just yesterday, we began our observance of Christmastide by celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord. And now today, we observe the Feast of Saint Stephen, the Church’s first martyr and one of the Church’s first seven deacons whose ordination by the Apostles we read about in Acts […]

Daily Reflection — As We Approach the Crib

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah wanted an explanation from God and his disbelief had its consequences: […]