Archive for December 2011

The Last Day of 2011

At the end of the year, the Gospel proclaims, “In the beginning …”  “It is the last hour,” but because “the Word became flesh” and dwells among us, every moment offers us a new beginning.  We announce the Lord’s salvation “day after day” because his presence changes the meaning of time. – From December’s Magnificat... Read more »

Pope Benedict XVI and Blessed John Paul II Speak About the Holy Family

“The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love … The family is an intermediate institution between individuals and society, and nothing can completely take its place … The Family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society and a great and lifelong treasure for couples.... Read more »

An Open Letter to Maria Shriver from a Concerned Catholic

Dear Maria, I have to preface this letter with the statement that I could care less (translation:  I don’t give a rat’s a$$) about celebrities, but I’ve been reading online that you are having second thoughts about divorcing your husband because of your religious beliefs.  As a Catholic, concerned about another Catholic, let me offer you... Read more »

Herod and the Holy Innocents: A Metaphor for Today

Today, on the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents we recall Herod’s jealousy and rage as he sends out his thugs to rid the world of the baby Jesus.  Unfortunately not much has changed.  Here in Chicago, the killing of a child happens on almost a daily basis. Now add to that the number of abortions... Read more »

It's Still Christmas, Isn't It?

Christmas technically isn’t over until January 8, the Epiphany, but even today, I’m asking myself, “Where did the time go?” Christmas is one of those holidays that has been stretched out for months.  The retail world, hungry for sales in a sluggish economy, has hammered Christmas shopping into our psyches since September. Then the day... Read more »

Let's Talk About Marriage Being Hard

One of my colleagues here at ChicagoNow wrote an article about the lack of articles on marriage being a little tough.  I think I can address that. I’ve been married 29 years.  I have a wonderful husband.  He introduced me to the Catholic faith.  He has always worked to support our family which allowed me to... Read more »

God's Sign

“God’s sign is the baby in need of help and in poverty.  Exactly the same sign has been given to us … God’s sign is simplicity … God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us.  This is how he reigns.  He does not come with power and outward splendor.  He comes  as a... Read more »

What's in a Name?

Apparently, in today’s Gospel, Elizabeth wasn’t going to have a little Zechariah running around.  She was firm in her reply to her neighbors and relatives, “No.  He will be called John.” By this time, Zechariah had been struck dumb, but on agreeing with his wife on the name of his son, his tongue was freed.... Read more »

Graces of the Magnificat

As long as I can remember, I have struggled with my mother, my feelings about her and myself. The other day I remembered when I realized I didn’t love her.  I was a kid (11, 12 or 13?).  She and my dad had gone to the “corner tavern” for drinks and she came home drunk.... Read more »

Believing the Lord's Words with Mary

It seems to me more important than ever in our days to underscore the importance of constancy and patience, virtues that belonged to the generation of our fathers but which are less popular today in a world that instead exalts change and the capacity always to adapt to new situations.  Advent calls us to strengthen... Read more »