September 15, 2020
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67 Days of Christmas

67 days? Yes, Hallmark brought us over 67 days of “Christmas” from October to early January. By any measure, it was an awful lot of canned cheer. On my satellite dish, it was more like 201 days of Christmas since we have three Hallmark channels...

Christmas with the Saints

In his apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis says: The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bonds of love and communion with us (no.4). As Christmas is practically on our doorstep...

The Mystery of Christmas

The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska is definitely a gold mine of teaching regarding the great mystery of Christmas. As a Franciscan Capuchin and also as a passionate follower of the spirituality of Divine Mercy, I cannot leave the approaching...

The Winter Solstice

It is at this time of the year many devout people question the real meaning of this, the most religiously festive of all seasons. Ok, for over 50 years, I confess to having enjoyed putting up the tree, seeing it glimmer with colorful lights and our...

Christmas: The Ultimate Gift

Every Christmas season, I look forward to the “Christmas Letters” section in the various publications that I receive. Many are reflections from readers that go way back, to times past. In reading them, however, what is most remarkable is that the...

Following the Star

The Star of Bethlehem: We can never know for certain what it was that the Magi saw and were following. But I did some research on Astronomical History and was fascinated by what I found. For example, astronomers over the years have identified the...

Making Room for Christ

If Christ is celebrated for being born of the Virgin Mary 2018 years ago, what good does that do me if Christ is not born in my heart?  The truth is that Christ came to this world to reclaim not only the world, but all that is in it, especially our...

Thoughts regarding “Turkey” and “Gift” Days

Do we really still want to call it Christmas?  Thanksgiving is now “Turkey Day” and has almost no relation anymore to the early pilgrims eating with the Indians. A recent proposal by the retail industry is that we move Thanksgiving back a day to...