The Nativity of the Lord — First reading: Isaiah 52:7-10; Second reading: Hebrews 1:1-6 Gospel: John 1:1-18 or John 1:1-5, 9-14
Sometimes I get stuck on how I think Christmas morning should be — namely, me well-rested and with a cup of coffee warming my hands as my children cheerfully take turns unwrapping beautifully wrapped presents from under the tree. In reality, I’m lucky if I can hurdle the wrapping paper and cardboard in my path […]
In his message for Christmas, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged Catholics to visit the manger this Christmas and reflect on how to give of themselves in the New Year.
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?
Fourth Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 Responsoral Psalm: 24:1-6 Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:18-24 By Sharon K. Perkins On more than one occasion, I’ve heard the Holy Spirit described as the “forgotten” member of the Trinity — and I can understand why. As a cradle Catholic, I think the only […]
First-place winners, one in each of four grade categories, were chosen from among 431 entries in The Visitor’s annual Christmas poster contest. Young artists were invited to complete and then illustrate the sentence: “I will bring joy to the world by …” Entries were judged on originality and artistic ability as well as how well […]
The following was first published in the Dec. 2 issue of The Record, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. It was written by Marnie McAllister, editor. Dachau, one of the Nazis’ notorious concentration camps, sits in the Bavarian countryside beside the town of Dachau. Less than an hour by car from Munich, Dachau’s […]
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 […]