December 2016

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Christmas: The Call and Response of Love

Here is a link to the various readings for Christmas. Christmas carols help us to remember the most important thing about Christmas: God entered into human history to save us from sin. In almost every song, we are called to rejoice...

Mary, Star of the Sea

Here is a link to this week's readings. Advent is always a reminder of things past, present, and future. We look back to the promises God made to Israel, fulfilled so marvelously at the birth of Christ: "The virgin shall conceive,...

Fear Not! I Bring You Good News

Here is a link to today’s readings. Rejoice! It is the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday. The liturgical color switches from purple to rose, as we focus not on the pain of waiting but on the joy of expectation. We...

Tragedy and Advent Hope

Here is a link to today's readings. I can’t stop thinking about the news from November 28th that LaMia flight 2933 crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people and leaving only 6 survivors. The flight was transporting the Brazilian soccer team, Chapecoense,...

Beating Swords into Ploughshares

Here is a link to today's readings. “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there” are words from a song by Bob Dylan that capture the beginning of Advent.  As we enter into longer, dark nights in the northern hemisphere, Advent...

USCCB Video Reflections – November

On Saturday November 19, 2016, a video featuring Terry Hegarty, editor of Living Faith, was featured on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website. Entitled “To be Like an Angel,” Terry’s November reflection speaks about appreciating each day...

The Kingdom of Mercy

Here is a link to today's readings. The Solemnity of Christ the King also marks the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. So how did we do? Let’s take a look back at Pope Francis’ bull Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face...

Cozy Catholicism

Here is a link to today's readings. The election is finally over! So many people have echoed this sentiment of relief recently. It was a bitter election after all, a divisive and vitriolic campaign. Even the aftermath isn’t pretty. Some people...

Death and Taxes (or Elections)

Here is a link to today’s readings. The theme of this week’s readings is the resurrection of the dead. It is quite apropos for a Sunday that falls between All Souls Day and Election Day. We all know the terrible pain of...