Tagged: Jesus

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16 – 17 On January 8, the Church celebrates the...

The Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Devotion to the Holy Name is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles.  Saint Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians  (Philippians 2: 9) that Jesus’ name is above every other name. It is the name by which we are all saved.  The Holy...

Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

Happy New Year to all and a blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God! On this first day of the new year, eight days after the birth of Christ, we remember the Blessed Virgin Mary by celebrating her divine motherhood. We call Mary Theotokus, or “God-Bearer” because she is the Mother of God. When Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Incarnate, we...

Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace

In her book Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace,  Marge Steinhage Fenelon provides us with a powerful testimony for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is not only the Mother of God, but our Mother, as well. As our Mother, Mary is our advocate in difficult situations. Marge discovered this as a young child, when she was abused by her biological...

Eleven Easy Ways to Evangelize This Christmas

Christmas is the origin of Christian evangelization in the world because the primary Eucharistic event of our faith is the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Living Word made flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is He offers Himself to us Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the...

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Herald of Hope for Our Nation

Image: The Virgin of Guadalupe On December 12, we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe — one of my favorites Marian feast days. Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, brings hope into our lives. She covers us in the folds of her heavenly mantle and cradles us in her arms. Mary is the Mother who tenderly consoles us and protects us from evil. She...

Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

On December 6, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Nicholas, the real Santa Claus. He was a priest and bishop acclaimed for his charity and his love of children and the poor. Saint Nicholas was born during the fourth century in Patra, a village on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an...

Five Favorite Advent Hymns to Celebrate the Season

While the world around us celebrates Christmas, as faithful Catholics, we live out the Advent season in our lives. We put up the Advent wreath, pray more fervently, and perform extra acts of  spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This year, I want to focus on the beauty of the Advent season and prepare for the coming on Christ at Christmas. One way to do...

Twelve Tips for a Holier Advent Season

The liturgical season of Advent begins on the first Sunday in Advent, opening a new year in our Church’s Calendar. Advent is from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called...

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, Martyrs

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and companions. This group of 117 Vietnamese martyrs were canonized on June 19, 1988 by Pope John Paul II. St. Andrew Dung-Lac, whose name was originally Dung An Trân,was born about 1795 in a poor and pagan family in Bac-Ninh in North Vietnam. When he was twelve the family moved to Hà-Nôi...