Homily for the Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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Homily   Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21   It is fitting to begin by wishing everyone here a Merry Christmas, and if my saying that seems strange to you, I sincerely pray that most people in their catechesis learned that the Christmas season traditionally lasts 12 days (ending on the Feast of the Epiphany, for which the traditional date …

A Reflection On the Annunciation

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As I said in a previous post on Ash Wednesday, the lives of both my wife and myself were, from the beginning of this Lent and before, destined for change and radical reform because our new daughter would be coming into the world before the end of Lent. Riley Amelia has arrived, and even now, it is clear that our …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

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Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, popularly known as Christmas Eve. Tonight when those of us who do so celebrate Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Church says that the solemnity of Christmas officially begins. Advent comes to an end as we enter into our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Some parishes will celebrate Masses …

Pray the Rosary Every Day

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Today is October 1st, and traditionally October is the month of the Holy Rosary. At least part of the reason for this is that October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto), the commemoration of a day on which a great many of the faithful praying the rosary is believed, …

Assumed Into Heaven

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August 15th is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates a dogma of the faith, something that a person must assent to in order to rightly call themselves a Catholic. Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into Heaven, that is to say that she was taken up into Heaven body and soul by …

A Nativity Reflection

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Advent comes to an end this afternoon, and the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord begins with the First Vespers of Christmas tonight. Parishes in some places will even have the first Masses of Christmas as early as the liturgical laws of the Church will allow, some at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, because in many places the …

Our Lady of the Rosary

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Today, October 7th, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On this day in 1571, a small and heavily-outnumbered allied Catholic naval force under the command of Don John of Austria defeated a Turk Muhammedian fleet of over 300 ships. This naval battle kept the Western Mediterranean from falling into Muslim hands and preserved the place of Christianity …

Queen of Peace, Pray for Us

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If my memory serves me correctly, it was Father Meinrad Brune, OSB, who is the Oblate Director at St. Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology, who once shared with me and other oblates during a meeting many years ago a story that when he was a boy growing up in Indiana during the Second World War, he would often see …

Thoughts on Our Lady for the Feast of the Visitation

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Today is the last day of May, which is a month traditionally devoted in a special way to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholic circles. Fittingly, the last day of the month is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which commemorates Mary’s visit to her sister Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) after learning that both of …