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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
“A love that bears, believes, hopes and endures” Cardinals are chosen by the Holy Father to serve as his principal assistants and advisers in the central administration of church affairs. Collectively, they form the College of Cardinals.  Some believe that the College of Cardinals is nothing more than an intention of a papacy of the ...read more
Msgr. Ken Velo’s homily at Cardinal Bernadin’s funeral mass April 2, 1928 – November 14, 1996 Funeral Mass on November 21, 1996 Monday marks the 20th anniversary of death of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the son of Italian immigrants who rose to become the senior Catholic Church leader in the United States. Joseph Bernardin died on ...read more
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. It is known as “Mother and head of all churches on earth” because it was the original residence of the Pope. There is a formidable and significant stone ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 13th, 2016 As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year, our Sunday Scripture readings are filled with apocalyptic images that may well terrify us with their intensity, honesty, realism, and practicality. Apocalyptic writing was popular in Christian circles for a millennium. Major historical ...read more
A Reflection on the US Election Having grown up in the USA, I cannot recall a presidential election campaign that has been so divisive, bitter, toxic, embarrassing and polarizing. This ugly campaign has left people in the USA and outside America repulsed and despairing rather than excited and hopeful. Televised debates were reality shows that ...read more
Why do Catholic Christians commemorate the dead during the month of November? Abbot Odilo of the great French Abbey of Cluny introduced the festival of All Souls in 998 for members of his own religious order. Later, in the 14th Century, All Souls was adopted by Rome for the entire church. It is dedicated to ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 6th, 2016 Christian faith in the resurrection has met with incomprehension and opposition from the very beginning. On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body.  The question of the resurrection is vital not only to the Christian ...read more