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God is With Us: Christmas and the Greatest Miracle

The advent of Christmas is one of the busiest and noisiest times of year—a season of getting and spending in which we lay waste our credit cards. It should be a holy time, but it has become an orgy of consumerism in the temples of commerce. It is not peaceful, and it is certainly not silent. It is a sign...

Jesus Christ: Divine King

Modern Man’s Aversion to Kings and Kingdoms The word “monarchy” comes from the Latin, monarchia, meaning, “absolute rule, the ruling of one.”  Monarchies, a form of human government, are ruled by a king (or queen) and have been around since early human history.  Much of Western civilization has its roots in monarchies.  Today, while about 20% of countries in the world...

On the Feast of the Assumption: Have Hope, Have Confidence

Throughout the course of our lives, we each encounter difficulties, sufferings, and trials. "Great is the anxiety all men are doomed to, heavy the yoke each son of Adam must bear, from the day when he leaves his mother’s womb to the day when he is buried in the earth, that is mother of all" (Sirach 40:1). Perhaps you are struggling...

The Sacred Heart and the Three Loves of Jesus

In his encyclical, Haurietis Aquas, issued in 1956 on the centenary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Pius XII offers us several metaphors for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s the “mystical ladder” which we climb to “embrace God Our Savior.” It’s also a “most precious shrine” which contains the “unlimited treasures of His merits.” The encyclical itself takes its...

May is Mary’s Month: 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Spiritual Mom

October is the month of the most Holy Rosary; November, the month to pray for the faithful departed; June we immerse ourselves in the ocean of mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; July we praise and worship the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our salvation. May is the month of Mary. Mary is the Daughter of God...

Alive With Him: Living the Reality of the Resurrection

Yesterday, Christians around the world joyfully celebrated Easter--- the highest and holiest feast of the liturgical year. We celebrated Christ's triumph over death, sin, and hell through his glorious resurrection. It was a happy day, indeed! But Easter isn't just an important liturgical feast, it is a reality to be lived. Today, I want to examine how living in the light of the...

Why is Lent 40 Days?

In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.” The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring. But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of...

Preparing for a Good Lent: Almsgiving

"We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God." - Saint Vincent de Paul Believe it or not, tomorrow is already Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Today, we finish our series on preparing...

Preparing for a Good Lent: Penance

"How beautiful, how necessary is penance." - St. Francis of Assisi Penance is an unpopular topic these days. Perhaps it is because we have become soft, even wimpy, valuing comfort over anything else. Maybe it's due to a misguided attempt to seem less rigid and legalistic. Then again, maybe it's really because we don't think we have any sins over which to be penitent. Whatever...

Preparing for a Good Lent

It's 20 days into Lent. Your firm resolve to give up dessert and be kind to your annoying neighbor is wearing thin. You've missed your prayers three days in a row, even though you firmly committed to pray for at least 30 minutes each day. You're invited to a dinner party where steak is served--- but it's on a Friday. As you walk...