Call to Holiness

"Christ and the Rich Young Ruler" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann / Public domain

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me

“In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.” Two days ago we remembered the victims of September 11, 2001 in our prayers as we marked the nineteenth anniversary of that tragic day. That is a day that I pray we never forget. However, our present year, 2020, is one of the darkest in recent memory. In the midst of a […]

"The Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino [Public domain]

Holy as God

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A).. Leviticus 19:1–2, 17–18Psalm 103:1–4, 8, 10, 12–131 Corinthians 3:16–23Matthew 5:38–48 We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in […]

Holy-Family"The Holy Family with dog" (detail) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lessons from the Holy Family

The Holy Family The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. By celebrating this feast during the Christmas season, the Church wants us to see the important link between the birth of our Savior and the family. Pope Francis has said of the Feast of the Holy […]

Good King Wenceslaus and Christmas’ Call to Holiness

Most Christmas carols are about that first Christmas night or the celebration of Christmas today.  But one stands out as something different. In a way, the carol “Good King Wenceslaus” isn’t as much about Christmas as it is about what Christmas requires of us. “Good King Wenceslaus” always gets stuck in my head on two days: September 28 and December […]

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

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

“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, […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Advent Reflection — Wonderfully Made

“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” (Psalm 139:13-14) We are not accidents of nature. Every single one of us is made intentionally by God because He loves us. No exceptions! Imago Dei—in His image He made us. […]

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

Our Future Feast Day

“The question about being a saint really starts with: Do you want to be happy?” Today is a day of great hope. Today is a reminder that heaven is worth all of this. No matter what life has handed you today—good things or bad things, tragedies, suffering, injustice, or great joy—today is a reminder that heaven is worth it all. […]

"The Calling of Matthew" (detail) - Caravaggio

Our Call in the Calling of Saint Matthew

“Who am I in the painting? How will I respond?” In today’s Gospel, we have a short account of Jesus’ call of Matthew by the man himself. He only spends a few verses on what was the pivotal moment of his life. He mentions simply that he was a tax collector, and that Jesus called him out of his daily […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

High Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity

Discipleship is about a call to embark upon an epic adventure, not about preserving the safe, comfortable and predictable mediocrity of business as usual.  The disciples left behind everything to follow Jesus, embarking upon a road that would lead them through danger to glory. The Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8; Psalms […]

Your Conversion Story

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. St. Paul is one of the few saints that has more than one feast on the liturgical calendar. We will celebrate his life again on June 29, a day he shares with St. Peter. The story of St. Paul’s conversion, recounted three times in the Book of Acts, is […]