The gift of ourselves

The gift of ourselves

John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, … he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”Luke 3:16 The Baptism of the Lord. The Catholic Catechism states that “Jesus’ immersion in the water is a...
Look at the stars

Look at the stars

They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Matthew 2:11 The Epiphany of the Lord. What gifts do you give to the Lord?  Pope St. Gregory said that these three gifts represent...
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

A holy day has dawned upon us.Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.For today a great light has come upon the earth. Merry Christmas! Today let us be surprised by joy, the joy of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our hope, love, joy and peace! In the 12th century, a...
Surprised by joy

Surprised by joy

For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.Luke 1:44 Fourth Sunday in Advent. When you hear the scripture readings and Gospel reading at Mass, do you “leap for joy?”  If not, don’t blame the lecturer or priest,...
Rejoice in the Lord always

Rejoice in the Lord always

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.Philippians 4:6 Third Sunday of Advent. St. Paul reminds us that God is an abundant God – He is the ultimate giver of gifts.  He promises to give...
All you need is love

All you need is love

And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value.Philippians 1:9-10 2nd Sunday of Advent. During the Christmas shopping season it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of...
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