preparation

The Preparation of Simeon

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which recalls the first time the Messiah entered the Temple. In Luke 2:22-40, we hear of the Holy Family traveling to Jerusalem for Mary’s purification (see Leviticus 12:2-8). Even though Mary, free from sin, did not require purification, she submitted to the Law, just as the Son of God […]

Daily Reflection — God’s Promise

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

“He promised us eternal salvation and an unending life of blessedness with the angels, and an imperishable inheritance, the joy of seeing his face, a dwelling-place with him in heaven, and the fear of death removed from us through the resurrection. This is, if you like, his ultimate promise. We look forward to it, and when we reach it, we […]

Daily Reflection — The Harvest is Plentiful

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the […]

Daily Reflection — The Lord Stands at the Door

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

  The Lord wants to enter into your heart and be with you… yes, YOU! He stands at the door and knocks. Will you open up and let Him in? Jesus wants to be in relation with you more than you can ever want to be in relation with Him. So, when I think of all those times that I […]

A Practical Plan for Advent

The Annunciation (detail) by Caravaggio

“But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his […]

Daily Reflection—There Is No Fear In Love

So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in […]

Daily Reflection—The Lord Stands at the Door and Knocks

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

  Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20). The Lord wants to enter into your heart and be with you… yes, YOU! He stands at the door and knocks. Will you open up […]

Daily Reflection — Blessed of My Father

“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed […]

Daily Reflection — These Great Blessings

"Immaculate Conception" (detail) by Murillo

Today we recall the Immaculate Conception of Mary in her mother’s womb and ponder the grace that has become available to us all. From the first moment of her existence, God filled the Blessed Virgin Mary with His grace so as to prepare her for the life as our Savior’s mother. The gift of grace from God is an act of […]

Practical Ideas for a Better Advent

We are well into the Second Week of Advent. Already! Don’t worry, if you have not begun your watchful preparation, it is not too late… One of my strongest, most enduring memories from my childhood is the time spent preparing for Christmas. We did not have any family traditions involving the Advent Wreath or the Jesse Tree. And most certainly, like all the other […]