August 9, 2022
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Blessed Are You

Blessed are you among women. Blessed is the fruit of your womb. Elizabeth said this to her young engaged but yet to be married cousin, Mary. She said it to a thirteen, fourteen-year-old girl, pregnant out of wedlock and with her fiancé Joseph not...

The Closer We Come to Jesus

A priest living in Washington D.C. went to the airport to pick up a visitor from Africa whom he had befriended while serving as a missionary there. It was a cold, winter day; there was no snow on the ground, but everything was gray and bare. When...

Capitalizing on the Holy Season of Advent

What St. Paul (Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11) encourages us to reflect upon could be a wonderful way of capitalizing on the holy season of Advent and it could be also a profitable program to carry out the rest of our life. I am confident of this, that the...

Forgiveness and Sacramental Life

Advent is a time when we may reflect upon that all of us are sinners and desperately need forgiveness.  It is one of the most important aspects of our lives; we need and must have supernatural grace and forgiveness.  We need the miracle of...

The End of Our Restlessness

Let me start by stating what is painfully obvious: we are living in a very difficult, trying, unsettling time. To the seasonal surges of the COVID-19 add the barbaric and violent behavior of different splinter groups of Islam jihadists especially in...

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...