9 Days for LifeJanuary 18th, 2014
To get involved: Download the 9 Days app available from iTunes and Google Play store. Text 9Days to 99000 to receive text message updates. Go to the 9 Days resource page to sign up by e-mail. Follow on Facebook. Fast approaching is that busiest of days in the United States Pro-Life movement. Last year, an estimated 650,000 people from every state in the nation descended upon Washington for the March For Life. As both protesters and pilgrims, these individuals affirm the dignity of every human person created in the image and likeness of God. They …Read More.
Say Something… please!January 15th, 2014
Apparently the first Monday following New Year’s Day is “Blue Monday,” the most depressing day of the year. Hmm… I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, particularly as at the moment it was -10 degrees outside at noon, and I was rather exhausted from dealing with the aftermath of snow and ice and biting winds and frozen pipes and layering up to go anywhere… you know it all already! I also suspect that many of us (especially young parents) are probably suffering from cabin fever brought on by WAY too many days stuck indoors with each other. As …Read More.
Christ at the Center: Home EditionJanuary 11th, 2014
January 12, 2014: The Baptism of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending …Read More.
Could you be the “Epiphany” to the lonely near or far?January 8th, 2014
Let us act so that our brothers and sisters never feel alone! Our presence in solidarity is expressed not only through our words but also through the eloquence of our deeds that God is close to everyone.” This is part of the challenging Christmas message from Pope Francis, who still expresses his faith by bringing God’s “Good News” to the prisoners and lonely in the slums of Rome and Rio as he formally did in Argentina. It’s clear that the Holy Father is constantly empowered by Jesus’ words from Jesus’ “Last Judgment” in Matthew 25:31-46, …Read More.
Snow DayJanuary 6th, 2014
The January I was in 4th grade at St Bart’s school in Cincinnati, we got hit with the biggest blizzard in the city’s history, followed by ridiculously cold temperatures. Like sub-zero with wind chills that made it feel like 50 below. It was so cold that the Ohio River actually froze over. We missed school for 2 straight weeks, as much because of the cold as the snow. I still remember the snowdrifts that blocked our back door, and using a pick axe to break through the ice so we could clear our driveway. After …Read More.
Christ at the Center: Home EditionJanuary 4th, 2014
January 5, 2014: Epiphany of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, …Read More.
Placing Ourselves in the Nativity SceneJanuary 4th, 2014
One of the cherished Christmas gifts from my childhood is a simple, plastic nativity set. My grandparents gave it to me when I was eight or nine. It has traveled from my room when I was growing up to my college dorm and to now my office at the seminary. Each year I enjoy getting it out in Advent and arranging the figures. And each year I am confronted with two questions: Do I put the baby Jesus out before Christmas? And, do I put the three wise men out before the Epiphany? Recently, I …Read More.
Christ at the Center: Home EditionDecember 28th, 2013
December 29, 2014: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15; 19-23 When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the …Read More.
Magi or Shepherd?December 26th, 2013
If you were given your choice as to which part you would play in the pageantry of the Christmas story, would you rather be a magi (king, wise man) or a shepherd? Before you read on, answer that question for yourself and ponder why you chose what you chose. The magi and the shepherds have some things in common. Both came to believe that Jesus was the Savior. Both found him in the manger. How they got there – how they came to that conclusion and how they came to that place – was quite …Read More.
A joyous and blessed Christmas to you and yours! “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest …Read More.