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The Feast of the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family
My daughter startled me with this question the other day:  ”Do you think our family is different because of our faith?” I was startled because I wasn’t expecting it and also because I knew exactly what she meant.  She knows a lot of young people who don’t get along with their parents and their family... Read more »

The Visitation

The Visitation
In today’s Gospel, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth who is pregnant with John the Baptist.  Moved by the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth blurts out: “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For... Read more »

The Third Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent
Today we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, also known as “Gaudete” Sunday, which means “Rejoice!” In today’s Gospel, the crowds ask John the Baptist, “What should we do?”  His answer is quite simple: “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax... Read more »
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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent
The readings for this first Sunday of Advent are filled with promises and dier warnings.  But it is the Psalm that brings the most hope: “To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.” – Psalm 25 The next four weeks are going to be very busy.  Lift your soul by reading scripture, or better yet,... Read more »

The Benefits of Blindness

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent,... Read more »

Hope in Tribulation

Hope in Tribulation
Hope is something that everyone can relate to whether you’re Christian or not.  Most people believe in hope unless you’re a total pessimist. Before I was Catholic I had hope in many things.  I always hoped my mother would change and I continued that hope after my conversion.  It never happened, but I clung to... Read more »
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The Faith of Two Widows and My Daughter

The Faith of Two Widows and My Daughter
Elijah asks the widow to make him a cake knowing she has very little for herself and her son and the widow in today’s gospel gives her last mite.  Who does that? My daughter apparently. My daughter was on a CTA platform when she heard a man crying.  No one was paying attention to him.... Read more »

All Soul's Day

The commemoration of All Souls is rooted in the Church’s strong conviction that we, the living, have a serious responsibility in love to accompany with prayer those who have died but who must yet complete the purificatory preparation every human being needs to be able to dwell in the all-encompassing love of God. – Today’s... Read more »

Thirty Years Ago Today

Thirty Years Ago Today
From today’s first reading: Brothers and sisters: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the Church, he himself the savior of the Body. As the Church is... Read more »
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The Blindness of Bartimaeus

The Blindness of Bartimaeus
Long before I became Catholic, the hymn, Amazing Grace, stirred my longing for something bigger than myself.  The lyrics, “I was blind, but now I see,” seemed just out of range for me. Today’s Gospel speaks of Bartimaeus, a blind man, who “sees” Jesus and calls out to him for physical healing. Once, I was... Read more »