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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 14th, 2018 Reflecting on today’s readings, especially the call of Samuel and of Andrew and his brother, I remembered something that the German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his prison in Nazi Germany, that “only by living unreservedly in this life’s duties, problems, successes and ...read more
Epiphany of our Lord – Sunday, January 7th, 2018 What “stirring” readings we hear in the Epiphany liturgy! Consider the scene from Isaiah’s prophecy (60:1-6). Gentiles come from distant places, attracted by the splendor of Jerusalem, bringing gifts and tenderly carrying the sons and daughters of the Holy City! Though darkness may have surrounded the ...read more
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Monday, January 1st, 2018 The Jewish New Year The Jewish Feast of Rosh Hashanah, meaning literally the “beginning of the year,” occurs on the first of the Hebrew month Tishre and inaugurates the solemn Jewish season which concludes with Yom Kippur. In the Bible, the Jewish New Year Festival is ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday, December 31st, 2017 In the afterglow of Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. This weekend we are invited to reflect on the gift and mystery of life and the blessing of family life in particular. In Luke’s Gospel scene of the Presentation of the ...read more
Christmas takes our breath away every year: we never tire of celebrating it! The music, the candles, our churches and places of worship bathed in light… Our  Scripture readings are filled with powerful symbols and images of something entirely new happening for the whole world. The wonderful Infancy narratives of the Gospels invite us to become ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The most significant preparations for Christmas that I experienced were my four years (1990-1994) of graduate studies in sacred scripture in Jerusalem. Living in a Christian minority taught me what expectation and longing for the Messiah was all about. For the first time in my life Christmas itself did not distract ...read more
Nativity of our Lord – Monday, December 25th, 2017 One of my personal Advent and Christmas traditions each year has been to attend (or at least listen to) Handel’s Messiah. My “Messiah night” took place this past week, not in a concert hall or church, but in my residence. The choral section from the Nativity ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 24th, 2017 “The Sound of Music” stage play and I are the same age — both from that vintage year of 1959 — and the film version was the first “motion picture” I saw as child in the mid 1960’s with my family. God alone knows how ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 17th, 2017 Advent is the season of the prophets and the Scripture readings of these weeks before Christmas help us to focus our vision and deepen our longing for the Messiah. In this year’s Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent, the figure of John the Baptist ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 10th, 2017 One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the details of John’s life and see how he is such a good model for us. John the ...read more