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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
This year on December 25, most Christians throughout the world will celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and on Christmas eve, Jews begin their eight-day celebration of Hanukkah at sundown. These two holidays that celebrate light occur during the darkest time of the calendar year. The last time that this Christmas-Hanukkah convergence occurred ...read more
Nativity of our Lord, Year A – Sunday, December 25th, 2016  The message of Christmas takes our breath away every year and continues to stagger the imagination: the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the only begotten Son of the Father, the eternal Word, our Creator wills to clothe himself in our nature, and to ...read more
  Christmas Reflection on the readings for Midnight Mass Video of America Magazine and American Bible Society Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB Each year on Christmas Eve, the Church presents us with beautiful Scriptural readings for the traditional Christmas Midnight Liturgy. The familiar text of Isaiah 9:1-7, Psalm 96, the selection from Paul’s letter to Titus ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 18th, 2016 On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph, and the promise of the eternal God who takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin. The birth of Jesus into human history was ...read more
“Am I not here, who am your Mother?” Reflection on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated each year on December 12. This feast commemorates the great events that took place from December 9-12, 1531, when Juan Diego, a 55 year-old native ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 11th, 2016 In his moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke these words: The pastor must be inspired by Christ’s holy zeal: for him it is not a matter of indifference that ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 4th, 2016 In today’s Scripture readings, two of the three outstanding Advent guides (Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Mary) show us the proper attitude to assume as we prepare to welcome the Saviour of the world. First of all, Isaiah: the prophet of consolation and singer of ...read more