January 19, 2020
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He Pitched His Tent Among Us

Amid astonishing revelations, all laden with theological significance, the prologue of the Gospel of John, states also something very remarkable but that might slip below our “spiritual radar:” And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among...

Focusing on the Big Picture

The New York Times newspaper has an outdoors column called “Wood, Fish, and Stream,” and on one occasion the author of the column received a letter which said, “Would you tell where I could find a place to fish that is not more than five or six...

Emulating the Holy Family

On the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth, it is opportune for us to become aware of a prevailing feeling that we ourselves might harbor within. We might feel that, if we are loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church, i.e. of Christ himself...

Regarding Holiness and Families

Blessed Cardinal John Newman once said this about holiness: “To obtain the gift of holiness is the work of a life.” (Miscellanies, 313) In pondering the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph there is a tendency to view holiness as something that...

Fight for the Future of the Church and World

After reading the Gospel of Luke (2:22-40), we should close our eyes and imagine how gently, how tenderly Mary and Joseph took turns holding Baby Jesus in their arms on the way to the Temple for the prescribed rituals of the Law. Then, once more, we...

God’s Mysterious Design

In his 1981 Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio, St. John Paul II had this to say about the Holy Family: “Through God’s mysterious design, it was in that family that the Son of God spent long years of a hidden life…Its life...

Family Life Should Bring Us Closer To God

On one occasion during the U.S. Civil War, Union soldiers from the North and Confederate troops from the South were camped for the night a short distance from each other. A major battle was expected the following day, so each army’s band played...

The Family Altar

Today we continue our Christmas celebration with a consideration of the Holy Family. This feast has the same first two readings every year but one of three different Gospels. The first reading is always the reading from Sirach (3:2-6, 12-14) about...

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