The solemnity of the Annunciation is really a good Lenten feast. It helps us to observe Lent by placing before us the sacred name of the Son announced to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel.
Q: Every year as Lent approaches I think about what I should be doing during this holy season, maybe something new. Do you have any suggestions? A: How about serving as an ambassador for Christ? The Eucharist of Ash Wednesday reminds us of our call to serve as ambassadors as we hear St. Paul telling […]
I’ve read that the Alleluia verses before the Gospel reading at Mass during the week before Christmas are based on some ancient liturgical texts called the “O antiphons.” Can you please say something about them?
Q: In preparing to read the Scripture readings at the coming Sunday Masses, I noticed that the readings for the last Sundays of Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Advent all highlight the final, glorious coming of Christ. Why is that? Also, why is Advent the beginning of the liturgical year? Thank you. A: […]
If law and medicine can authorize the killing of the unborn child, then what logic can forbid law or medicine from destroying life at any other point in its development?
Q: I think more people would celebrate the feast of St. Cloud, our diocesan patron, on Sept. 7, if they knew more about him. Can you please give us something about his life? A: To celebrate St. Cloud is to celebrate the meaning of “vocation.” What makes a vocation to consecrated life or ordained ministry […]
Q. I have been an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for many years. Sometimes I find my ministry becoming just one more thing to do, and I wish I could prepare better for my ministry. Any thoughts? A. I was seated comfortably in the celebrant’s chair as the elderly sister at the convent infirmary eucharistic […]
Some years ago you wrote about the desirability of making the Eucharist part of our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. I think the same is true for Independence Day, July 4.
Q. I enjoy taking part in the novena of Masses on Thursday evenings at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, which is one of the designated pilgrimage sites in our diocese for the Holy Year of Mercy. Some years ago you celebrated the Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary there. Can you please write […]
Q. In the “Salve Regina,” the “Hail, Holy Queen,” that concludes the church’s night prayer, we address the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Mother of Mercy.” Please comment on this title of hers. A. Pope Francis concludes his promulgation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by turning to the Mother of Mercy: “Mary attests that the […]
I didn’t receive any questions for this month’s column, so I offer you one of my Easter time homilies: Two weeks ago we rejoiced in the day, Easter day, that God made to celebrate the rising to glory of the beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Last Sunday, we rejoiced to take our places with Thomas the […]
Q: Some people think that celebrating saints’ days during Lent draws our attention away from the Great Forty Days of preparation for Easter. Do you think that the feast of St. Joseph should be moved out of Lent? A: No. It is true that where the solemnity of St. Joseph “is not observed as a […]
Wisely, the Jewish tradition of prayer holds it unthinkable to ask anything of God without first offering praise and thanks Q: In my family, as I grew up, we prayed before and after meals. Before eating, without fail, we prayed, “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive […]