Advent

Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Leads Us to Her Son

"The Visitation" (detail) by Albertinell

Christmas is just two days away. Hopefully, we have all completed our shopping and decorating. Our children have all mailed their letters to Santa! Many of us are completing preparations for our families to gather together to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. I just learned that the Saturday before Christmas is called Panic Saturday and nets retailers more […]

Daily Reflection — It is never too late for God’s Love

The Annunciation of the Angel to Saint Zechariah (detail of fresco) by Domenico Ghirlandalo

“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, […]

Daily Catholic Quote — O Rex Gentium

Image © by Christos Georghiou | Shutterstock

O Rex Gentium: “O King of the gentiles and their desired One,the cornerstone that makes both one:come, and save man, whom you formed out of the clay!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 22nd) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Discover God’s Plan Just for You

"King David in Prayer" (detail) Pieter de Grebber [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When God has a Different Plan I think most of us can remember an occasion when we had something all planned out. It might have been something relatively minor or it might have concerned something of greater significance to our lives. And then, everything changed and the plans we had made had to be set aside for a while or […]

December by Candlelight

Photography Courtesy of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Every day we look forward to the gift of another dawn as the sun begins to peek through the curtain of the night to bring the vibrancy of color back to us yet again. It is a ritual of sorts, isn’t it? When the first blush of the dawn greets the dark cloak of the night sky and slowly but […]

Dr. Scott Hahn Reflects on: One Who Is Coming

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Year B) Readings:Isaiah 61:1–2, 10–11Luke 1:46–50, 53–541 Thessalonians 5:16–24John 1:6–8, 19–28 The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t. He is not […]

Watching and Waiting During Advent in Carmel

Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. […]