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“The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men” (Tit 2:11). The words of the Apostle Paul reveal the mystery of this holy night: the grace of God has appeared, his gift is free; in the Child given unto us the love of God is made visible. It is a night of ...read more
For the last two weeks (part 1 and part 2) I’ve been trying to imagine what our world would be like had Jesus never been born. It’s easy to say that The Church would not exist or that we would have no Pope. There would be no priests, deacons, religious sisters or brothers, nor there ...read more
Last week I was imagining a world without Christmas. That would mean no Christmas music and no Christmas movies. But a world without Jesus would mean much more to our popular culture. One of my favourite Broadway musicals is Les Miz. I never read the novel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and wasn’t crazy about ...read more
With the news of Fidel Castro’s death last week, I thought about all my Cuban friends, many of whom are still in Cuba. I particularly thought of a Cuban friend who grew up in Cuba with no Christmas. I remember her once telling me that she had never seen or heard of a Christmas tree ...read more
Christmas preparations are coming along at the Vatican. The Pope’s schedule for Advent and Christmas was just released, a Christmas tree was erected in Saint Peter’s Square, and a nativity scene will soon make its appearance. This year, the Vatican’s Christmas decorations are environmentally friendly, have been made with the help of children, and reflect ...read more
Baptism of our Lord, Year C – Sunday, January 10, 2016 The theme of Christ’s epiphany — of Jesus inaugurating his divine mission on earth — reaches its fulfillment in the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The feast seemingly brings an end to the Christmas season, but Christmas really ends with the feast ...read more