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The Sunday Gospel

The perfect example of a holy family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:22-40 A selection of readings is possible for this feast. These comments refer to one set of readings. The Book of Genesis provides the […]

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The weary soul rejoices: celebrating the Christmas season

“Have yourself a merry, little Christmas,” the classic secular song croons. Never before have these lyrics been so apropos. With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading and getting everyone vaccinated is […]

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For unto us a child is born

There is nothing like the birth of a child to make one appreciate Christmas. Four times, I have experienced such Christmases. Now I am experiencing my fifth. It was the […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The kingship of David is fulfilled in the Son of Mary

Fourth Sunday Of Advent Luke 1:26-38 The first reading for this weekend is from the Second Book of Samuel. Once, the two Books of Samuel were a single volume. Translations […]

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Jesus is coming

My younger sister and I used to fight over who would get to blow out the candles of the Advent wreath. We’d light the candles at dinner, and as soon […]

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The Human Condition

Needing and wanting

There are some things we want more than we need. And then there are things we need more than we want. Writing more than 1,600 years ago, St. Augustine observed […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

A Christmas letter to all the faithful

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the city of David a […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The One who is to come is far mightier than we are

Third Sunday Of Advent John 1:6-8, 19-28 This weekend, the Church celebrates “Gaudete Sunday,” the name coming from the opening word of the Entrance Antiphon. In Latin, “gaudete” means “to […]

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Of mice and men: a saint for our times

“Synchronicity.” That’s the word one journalist used in a Nov. 3 Instagram post to describe the fact that Election Day fell on the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, […]

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Mary of Guadalupe, symbol of hope and renewal

The most popular Marian devotion among U.S. Catholics presently is the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the most widely embraced Marian devotion in the entire American continent […]

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Doing some Advent spiritual work

We will never be adequately prepared for the coming of the Savior unless and until we feel in our bones that there is something we need to be saved from. […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Make clear the way of the Lord by dedicating ourselves to Him

Second Sunday of Advent Mark 1:1-8 The second part of the Book of Isaiah provides the first reading for this Second Sunday of Advent. When this book was written, God’s […]