Holy Family

The Holy Family

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Passion of the Christ was the most intense movie I’ve ever seen. But there was a moment of comic relief, a flashback to a young Jesus in the back yard, building a new invention. It was the kind of table that is now a commonplace. But in a society where people reclined to dine, this table would have put […]

Mary as a Model for Married Couples

Mary and Joseph’s marriage didn’t exactly get off to an easy start.  They were engaged and Joseph had promised not to “defile” Mary, because she was a consecrated virgin.  He was really only marrying her because, in that day and age, there was no security in being a single woman. And then she turned up pregnant.  This was the girl […]

The Most Amazing Christmas Present Ever!

Merry Christmas! I love holidays. I love family. The two just seem to go together. Some holidays are joyful gatherings, some less so. We are all too human, as the saying goes. But I say give me holidays and family any day; warts and all! Especially give me Christmas, one of the two greatest of all holiday celebrations, if you […]

Is there room in your heart?

Another Advent Season is nearly concluded. Catholics and other Christians around the word have been waiting and watching for Christ to come. Indeed, not only waiting, but also preparing our hearts and homes for his arrival. In the gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A), we hear the angel of the Lord tell Joseph to not be afraid […]

Our Debt to the Family

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Feast of the Holy Family – Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40. The Passion of the Christ was the most intense movie I’ve ever seen.  But there was a moment of comic relief, a flashback to a young Jesus in […]

All I Want for Christmas is More Media Awareness and Activism

One prayer or Christmas wish that has been on my heart this season is for Catholics and other Christians to realize the importance of using their voices to challenge the agenda of the MSM or mainstream media.  I am not just referring to the news media, but the mass media in general including the TV networks, advertising industry, the music […]