Should I make an adjustment and pray instead to designated saints according to their “specialties”?
If we’re considering deepening our spiritual life during 2017, we start with the wonderful feeling of invitation, not obligation.
Q: This morning I went to weekday Mass, as is my custom. Due to a heavy snowstorm in the area, I was the only person there, so the priest decided not to celebrate Mass. I asked whether I could receive Communion, and the priest said that he was unable to do that since Communion can […]
Solemnity of Mary — First reading: Numbers 6:22-27; Second reading: Galatians 4:4-7; Gospel: Luke 2:16-21
Jesus Christ’s example of friendship with his apostles is the model for “the start of ministry to young adults in the 21st century,” a bishop told 1,000 members of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry gathered in San Jose Dec. 2.
c. 1390-1473 FEAST: December 23 Greatly revered in his native Poland, this saint, also known as John Cantius, spent most of his life teaching at the University of Krakow, where he was a noted professor of sacred Scripture. He also spent an interval as a parish priest, reputedly forced on him because of academic jealousy. […]
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?