This meditative film has a great deal to tell us about communication, language and the patience required to enter into the cultural environment of a higher intelligence.
It is not mysterious at all that the church lodges an annual day of joy in the heart of Advent. The tone of this December day, called Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits.
Third Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 Responsorial Psalm: 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 Second Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:2-11 By Jeff Hedglen While I was studying for my degree in theology, a professor told us: “The secret to joy is waiting.” I had never considered waiting as criteria for joy. I had […]
Nearly 500 years after Mexican peasant Juan Diego was greeted by Mary and urged to share a message of hope and comfort as promised by God’s compassion, Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to inspire new generations of faithful believers in their daily routines and struggles.
Second Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 Responsoral Psalm: 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Second Reading: Romans 15:4-9 Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1-12 By Jean Denton Going to church” in the Protestant American South holds a certain amusing lore through which I fondly recall the small Louisiana congregation of my girlhood, although at the time […]
16th century FEAST: December 12 Under this title, Our Lady is the patron of Mexico, the United States and all of the Americas, as well as the protector of unborn children. In 1531, she appeared in a vision to the peasant Juan Diego, on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City, and charged him with asking the […]
Q. Recently I attended a service for the sick. The priest read a passage from the Gospel and then he distributed holy Communion before anointing the sick. Since it was a Saturday afternoon, I stayed in church afterwards and attended the Sunday vigil Mass. I have two questions. First, would my presence at the service […]
The hair shirt worn by St. Thomas More as he contemplated a martyr’s death in the Tower of London has been enshrined for public veneration.
The following is an edited version of an interview with Adam English, author of the book, “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” The interview, conducted by editor Joe Towalski, first appeared in The Visitor in December 2012. The feast of St. Nicholas is Dec. 6. […]
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Although there are different versions of the story of St. Barbara, Christians in the Middle East and Central Europe still celebrate the early Christian martyr each Dec. 4. To celebrate St. Barbara’s Day, known as “Eid il-Burbara,” Christians in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon prepare and share a dessert made from boiled […]
First Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 Responsorial Psalm: 122:1-9 Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:37-44 By Deacon Mike Ellerbrock Noah’s neighbors were so engrossed in celebrating their good fortune that they were caught unprepared for the calamity of the Flood. Had they invited the less-fortunate villagers, perhaps the party may have […]
By Kelly Bothum In an age where we can get just about everything we desire in an instant, Advent is wonderfully old-school. It’s four weeks of pressing pause, which is not like hitting the snooze button. Instead, it’s a chance to re-engage with those we love and joyfully prepare for the Christmas season. It’s taking […]
Since its fourth-century origins in Western Europe, the season of Advent has undergone various configurations, purposes and focuses depending on who was celebrating it, where, how and why.
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: […]