"Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power." is the theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. For the past 100 years, the week of prayer has traditionally been celebrated January 18 – 25, between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Every year, ecumenical partners in a region of the world, are invited to produce a basic liturgical text on a biblical theme. Then, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches (WWC) review the text and jointly publish it after an editorial team of the WCC and Roman Catholic representatives has edited it.READ MORE
This Sunday marks the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and from January 7 to the 13, the U.S. Catholic Church celebrated National Migration Week. This year's theme "Many Journeys, One Family, draws attention to the fact that we are all migrants."
Each family in the United States has a migration story. Many of these stories are recent. However, most migrant stories in our country started in a very distant past. Some stories have even been forgotten. Nevertheless, regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family. All family stories are important. We are important.READ MORE
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of The Lord, and the arrival of the Magi to the place where Jesus Christ was born. The Gospel describes the Magi as being overjoyed at seeing the star that had led them to the new born child. When the Magi saw him with Mary his mother, they fell on their knees and worshipped him. Then, they offered him the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh --symbols of Christ's royalty, divinity and eventual suffering and death.
In giving these gifts, the Magi recognized that Jesus was born to be our Savior. May we too recognize Jesus as our Savior in all that we say and do.READ MORE
A 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows an association between loneliness and mortality, placing what used to be perceived as a relatively benign social problem on a par with smoking in its impact on lifespan, and even worse than obesity in this same regard.
The number of seniors living alone is estimated to be 11 million and growing. While living alone does not in and of itself guarantee social isolation and loneliness, it is most certainly a risk factor.READ MORE
As we start the New Year, may we follow the Holy Family’s example and welcome the Lord into our lives. May God guide every step of our journey.
This Sunday's Gospel, Luke 1:26-38 brings us the story of the Annunciation: the angel Gabriel announced to a virgin named Mary that she would bear a son, and she would name him Jesus. On that same day, the angel informed Mary that her cousin Elizabeth, who was called barren, had conceived a son in her old age. With this news, the angel emphasized that nothing was impossible for God.
Can you imagine what must have gone through Mary's mind? Listen carefully and notice Mary's confusion in the questions she asked the angel. Then listen to Mary's response once she had accepted all he had to say: "May it be done to me according to your word". Mary's unconditional faith in the Lord is the kind of faith all of God's people are called to cultivate throughout their life.READ MORE
The messages and images we placed around the Narthex and in the Worship areas these past three weeks, are intended to catch your attention during this busy season. I hope you have taken the time to be still and listen to the sounds of the season while you have been preparing to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Earlier this week, Pope Francis spoke of letting go of the bitterness and negativity that sometimes prevent people from experiencing the joy God intends all of us to feel in our hearts. The Holy Father said this as part of his homily on December 11, which he focused on Isaiah 35:1—10. A scripture that speaks to the glory of the Lord, who will come with vindication and divine recompense, to save us.READ MORE
People often ask priests about the real purpose of Advent. Perhaps, you too, have asked –What is Advent? The quick answer is: Advent is a time of preparation and joyful expectation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time to renew our hope as we wait for the second coming of our Lord.
Advent Traditions prepare us to celebrate the anniversary of our Lord's first coming into this world. I welcome you to put aside a few minutes of each day during the next three weeks to reflect on how the Son of God assumed our flesh and dwelt in our midst to save us.READ MORE
During the past four weeks, I shared some views on the different meanings of the word inspiration. One of the thoughts I shared with you was about the origin of inspiration which comes from two Latin words: "breath-in".
I also referenced the teachings of the Catholic Church about inspiration: God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit."
Additionally, I shared other meanings of the word inspiration in a social context, and I hope that I was able to motivate you to think about what inspires you.READ MORE
Advent is the time of year that we wait in contemplation for Christ’s coming and enjoy the Christmas Season and in that waiting, here is something else worth contemplating: Silence can be beneficial for our brains!
In 1859, the British nurse and social reformer Florence Nightingale wrote, “Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well.” Every careless clatter or banal bit of banter, Nightingale argued, can be a source of alarm, distress, and loss of sleep for recovering patients.READ MORE