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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
First Sunday of Advent, Year A – November 27th, 2016 The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king. The time is chiefly a celebration of “the coming of God” in ultimate triumph. Our three Scripture readings for the First ...read more
According to the tradition in the Eastern Church, when Mary was three years of age, Joachim and Anne took her to the Temple so that she might be consecrated to the service of the Lord. The legend says that they invited the young girls of the town to walk before her with lighted torches. As ...read more
Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C – Sunday, November 20th, 2016 Today’s solemn feast of Christ the King, the grand finale to liturgical year, gives us an opportunity to lay aside a lot of cultural baggage about kings and kingdoms, and discover how Jesus Christ can be a true ...read more