The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

My daughter, Mary has been with child throughout this Advent season and her pregnancy has added special meaning to this time of waiting as the Church prepares to celebrate the mystery of God entering human history.  This season of anticipation … Continue reading

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

In the first reading, St. John addresses the Family of God by praising them for their fidelity, while also cautioning them about concupiscence: lust, enticement of the eyes, and pretentiousness.  In the Gospel reading, Luke reminds us that as Head … Continue reading

The Fifth Day of the Octave of Christmas

Light!  Light!  Light!  It is a golden thread stitched through the Scripture readings for this holy season, as well as for this day; “. . . the true light is already shining . . .” “. . . whoever loves … Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Today we remember the deaths of the Holy Innocents.  I am prompted to ask why the Church asks us to remember such a horrible and bloody event in the midst of the Octave of Christmas.  After all, aren’t we supposed … Continue reading

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

We know St. John was the only apostle to remain with Jesus during the Crucifixion and the one Jesus asked to care for Mother Mary afterwards. St. John’s love for Jesus is also described in the Gospel story as the … Continue reading

Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr

On this feast day of the protomartyr, St. Stephen, the Good News is “that whoever endures to the end will be saved.” (Mt 10:22)    The theme of today’s readings is deliverance, which is also the message of Christmas.  We recall … Continue reading

The Nativity of the Lord

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14) You’ve probably noticed that, unlike the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, St. John’s Gospel does not contain an account of the birth of Jesus. In place of … Continue reading

Fourth Sunday of Advent

I remember when I came to one of my first missions and closed the door, feeling that I wasn’t alone. Two children, about six years old – a boy and a girl – had come into my place without knocking. … Continue reading

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

“Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me.” Malachy 3:1 Each of us has been called and sent as a missionary disciple. Pope Francis reminds us of this very thing in his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy … Continue reading

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Today in the Order we celebrate 801 years of our foundation as Preachers. In a sense the ‘Advent’ of the Order was a reclaiming of the Apostolic life by St. Dominic in proclaiming the Good News to all people. We … Continue reading

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

Singing Songs of Joy Can you imagine Advent without “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” or Christmas without “Silent Night?” Neither can I. How would we survive dark, cold winters, both the weather-kind as well as our personal and collective soul-kind, … Continue reading

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Between my seventh and ninth grade years, my parents used to drop me off on school afternoons at the local YMCA for swim practice. When they dropped me off for practice, they promised me they would return once practice was … Continue reading

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Angels are seen in so many places this time of the year. They top our trees; we sing of them in our carols. The two scripture passages tell us about angels that appeared to people. The message of the angels … Continue reading

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Trusting in his love for Mary and for God, Joseph chose non-violence, “… yet unwilling to expose her to shame …,” whereby he practiced a deeper righteousness than the Mosaic Law required. He chose to act with justice, a justice based … Continue reading