September 19, 2021
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As Christmas Draws Near

There is a story of General Stonewall Jackson and his sister crossing a treacherous torrent just below the mighty Niagara Falls. It is said that when the violent current began to rock their boat, his sister became terrified, at which point the...

The Lord Has a Plan for Each of Us

A priest wrote an amusing description about a case of mistaken identity he experienced one Halloween. He said, “When I was in fourth grade I was enthralled with [the fictional hero] Zorro and was excited to wear my costume and parade around the...

Our Rejoicing

There is one among you whom you do not recognize. I do not know about you, but I find troubling this sentence of John the Baptist. There is One among us whom we do not recognize. On this day, Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday, the priest wears pink vestments...

Christianity is a Religion of Hope

Once there was an Indian tribe whose camp was at the base of a great mountain. The land was rugged and life was hard, but the Native Americans persevered. Their chief had led them with wisdom and fairness for many years, but now death was...

The Mouth of the Lord

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated… I do not necessarily know what is afflicting you; and you do not know what is afflicting me...

Advent: A Time of Awareness

Our Gospel passage (Mark 13:33-37) for this First Sunday of Advent reminds me of my dad and his job as cabinetmaker. In his capacity as senior cabinetmaker, once a month or so, he would travel to a faraway lumberyard where he would select boards of...

God is With Us

Whenever our life is altered by the presence of an important person, a significant event, or something of considerable value, every aspect of our day is also affected. Although I am not young anymore, I still remember how, when I was just six or...

You Will See My Glory

Our opening prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent provides us with insight that something big is coming: “O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so...