Christmas

True. Good. Beautiful.

True. Good. Beautiful.

As Christmas comes to a close, I shut my eyes for just a moment and linger a little longer in the sounds and smells of Christmas. I’ve got a gingerbread cake in the oven, a surprise for my kids after quiet time, and I’m simply […]

16th Day of Christmas: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord, bringing to close the season of Christmas.   “The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ, might have the power […]

15th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Epiphany is celebrated either on January 6 or, according to the decision of the episcopal conference, on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. For Christians, the Epiphany commemorates the coming of the Magi to the child Jesus, the manifestation of […]

14th Day of Christmas: Memorial of St. Raymond de Penafort

A most fascinating miracle is said to have occurred when St. Raymond de Penafort went to the went the Island of Majorca with King James to preach about Jesus: “King James was a man of great qualities, but he let himself be ruled by passions. There on the Island, too, he was […]

13th Day of Christmas: Three Kings Day

13th Day of Christmas: Three Kings Day

“When you say the Our Father, God’s ear is next to your lips”[St. Andre Bessette] Today is Three Kings Day, or the Epiphany of Our Lord (Traditional)…the solemnity of which will be celebrated on Sunday. It is also the optional Memorial of St. Andre Bessette, […]

12th Day of Christmas: Memorial of St. John Neumann

John Neumann was born in Bohemia (in what is now the Czech Republic). He came to New York at age 25 and was ordained a priest. At age 29, he joined the Redemptorists and became its first member to profess vows in the United States. His […]

11th Day of Christmas: Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

  “Faith lifts the soul, Hope supports it, Experience says it must and Love says … let it be!” -St. Elizabeth Ann Seton     Image source: Nheyob

9th Day of Christmas: Feast of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

As friends, bishops, and fellow saints, Saint Basil and Gregory Nazianzen are just two of 35 doctors recognized by the Catholic Church, “from whose writings the whole Church is held to have derived great advantage, and to whom “eminent learning” (eminens doctrina) and “great sanctity” (insignis vitae sanctitas) are attributed” […]

8th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Happy New Year 2017 On this day in our liturgical year, we celebrate Mary as the Mother of God – she who not only gave Jesus life, but who continues to breathe life in our hearts and minds as as Children of God. “To celebrate […]