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St. Lucy’s Reminder in Advent

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5) There are ways to enter into this special time of year and celebrate Advent without jumping the gun and celebrating Christmas prematurely. Rather than celebrating Christmas, we should incorporate into our lives the feasts and rituals that the Church gives us, such as the Solemnity […]

Christmas is Worth Waiting For

“It’s a small reminder to us that the story of my life is much bigger than my pleasure here on earth.” One thing our world doesn’t do well is wait.  To be honest, I fall prey to it as much as the next person.  I lose my temper in traffic jams. Slowly loading websites make me agitated. I burn my mouth […]

Our Responsibility as the Flock

Detail of Chair of St. Peter Dnalor 01, Rom, Vatikan, Petersdom, Cathedra Petri (Bernini) 4, Detail, CC BY-SA 3.0

Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. The Gospel for the feast is Matthew’s account of the events at Caesarea Philippi, where Peter receives the mission from Jesus to lead His Church. This year, we happened to hear Mark’s account of the incident just yesterday, on the Thursday of the 6th Week of Ordinary Time. It […]

Our Family History

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

I love saint stories.   I know I’m not alone – even the saints loved saint stories.  St. Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion was spurred by reading the life of Christ and the lives of the saints.  Edith Stein stayed up all night reading the life of St. Teresa of Avila.  There is an attraction in the radical witness of holiness that […]

The Feast of Our Lady Which Our World Needs Most

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

Every year on September 15, the day following the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, when we call to mind the sufferings endured by Our Lady throughout her life, most importantly at the foot of the Cross. To someone unfamiliar with the feast, perhaps it seems like an odd one. […]

How — and why — do we celebrate Mary’s birthday?

Our Lady of the Southern Cross

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8) is one of the most tender and natural feasts on the Church calendar. And although we date the liturgical feast to at least the sixth century, we can actually trace the celebration much farther back.  After all, don’t you think Jesus celebrated Mary’s birthday? Join Him in the […]

Don’t Stop Celebrating

"The Resurrection of Christ" (detail) by Bloch

In a culture that moves quickly to the next thing, it is hard to celebrate Easter for fifty days. We are probably better at living the forty days of Lent than we are about living the fifty days of Easter. As soon as Easter Sunday comes and goes, it almost feels like it’s back to Ordinary Time. Even though the […]

The Vision and Miracle of the Feast of Corpus Christi

The Eucharist and Corporal of the Miracle of Corpus Christi are carried in procession in Orvieto.

Each year before returning to Sundays of Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates one final big Sunday feast day: the Feast of Corpus Christi.  But did you know this feast was instituted after a request from Our Lord Himself? The story of the feast begins with a young woman named Juliana, who lived in Liege during the beginning of the thirteenth century.  Juliana had a […]

Fast so as to Feast

Photography © by Andy Coan

“But the goal is to save our appetite so that we can feast on other things… the Word of God… the Eucharist.” Some think Lent is a time for fasting.  I see it as a time of feasting. I come to this conclusion based on the story of the fig tree in Luke 13.  Three years without bearing fruit.  What […]

I Will Wait

One thing our world doesn’t do well is wait.  I fall prey to it as much as the next person.  I lose my temper in traffic jams. I become agitated when websites load slowly.  I find ways to watch Downton Abbey before PBS gets around to showing in January.  I burn my mouth on cookies straight out of the oven.  […]