The Baptism of our Lord; Cleaving the Darkness

For the early Christians, the thought that their Lord had Himself undergone baptism was disturbing, embarrassing and even scandalous.  Did the spotless Lamb, the Holy One of God, really acknowledge that He was truly united with sinful humanity by submitting to an act of ritual purification?   Why did the Son of God in human … [Read more…]

Epiphany: All Are Called To Him

At Midnight the song of the Angels is heard praising God and announcing peace. Above the sky heaven’s glory had come down to the darkness of earth’s night. In this heavenly light the angelic hosts the shepherds were told of a sign lying in a manger, and they went to see the Child and they … [Read more…]

New Year’s Day and Mary, Mother of God

Everyone knows what January 1st is, right? It’s New Year’s Day, of course – the day the new year begins, the day after the parties, dancing, drinking, and revelry took place signaling that new year. It’s the day to start our resolutions and ponder our dreams. For many, it’s a day of football games and … [Read more…]

Nine months before Christmas

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The Angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of … [Read more…]

Christmas Homily

The Sacrament of Christ’s Incarnation and Birth By St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450) A virgin conceived, bore a son, and yet remained a virgin. This is no natural occurrence, but a visible sacrament or sign of God’s divine power. It is a unique event, not like any other events. Christ’s birth was not a necessity, but … [Read more…]

4th Sunday of Advent: Saint Joseph, a man of Great Virtue

The Infancy Narratives in the Gospel of Luke present Joseph as the foster father of the Lord, but the main focus outside of Jesus is placed on Mary. It is today’s Gospel of Matthew that focuses on Joseph.  This makes a great deal of sense.  Matthew’s main audience was Jewish Christians.  Joseph was of the line of … [Read more…]

The Immaculate Conception of Mary

 (Please note that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2019 is transferred to Monday, December 9th, this year and is not a holy day of obligation.) A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the seventh century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In 1854, Pius IX … [Read more…]