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“To take Jesus in our hands and enfold him in our arms…” In 1997, St. John Paul II established the special Day of Consecrated Life to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem (February 2). The Pope gave three reasons for his selection of February 2 ...read more
As tens of thousands of people – many of them young men and women – descend upon Washington on Friday, January 27, 2017 for the annual “March for Life,” it is good for us to stop and reflect upon what we do as individuals and as a community to stand up for life. The theme ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 29th, 2017 As the Church continues her pilgrim journey throughout history, we need a vision to sustain us and give us hope in the midst of our shadows, ambiguities, and sins, our joys and hopes and victories. That biblical vision is found in the great Christian ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 22nd, 2017 Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah (8:23-9:3) and the Gospel passage (Matthew 4:12-23) keep alive the memory of Christmas for us. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 15th, 2017 In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent – to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some decisions about our ...read more
When someone who knows little or nothing about Jesus Christ comes to us, what do we say to them and where do we begin to tell the story of Jesus? I don’t think that there are many who would begin where Matthew did in his Gospel account, where the first line of the first page ...read more
Baptism of the Lord, Year A – Monday, January 9th, 2017 In 2009, Salt + Light Television produced a magnificent documentary, “Within Your Gates,” on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s historic pilgrimage to Jordan and Israel. Among the moving scenes in the film is the Holy Father’s visit, along with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife ...read more
Solemnity of the Epiphany, Year A – Sunday, January 8th, 2017 The word “epiphany” means, “to show forth.” Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events – yet events with great significance for the public. Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications. The words are never quite ...read more
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Year A – Sunday, January 1st, 2017 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, ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Friday, December 30th, 2016 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