Tag: Magnificat

The Feast of the Holy Innocents: Remembering Newtown, Connecticut

“The peace of Bethlehem was shattered by the cries of the slaughtered children and the weeping of their mothers.  The peace of the world was shattered by the single cry from the cross.  Yet through that death and mourning, peace was reborn, indestructible now, in the Resurrection of the slain Christ.” – from today’s Magnificat magazine... Read more »

What Do You Buy a Catholic for Christmas?

What do you buy a Catholic for Christmas?   And if you, as the gift-giver, are not Catholic, where do you even begin? Probably the most amazing gift I ever received, was an elegant Waterford Crystal rosary that my BFF (of more than forty years) gave me a few years ago.  She is not Catholic... Read more »

The Alpha and the Omega

In this month’s Magnificat, there’s an article entitled, “The Alpha and the Omega,” by Anthony Esolen.  This is the first paragraph: When St. Francis, the little poor man of God, thought of the birth of Jesus, he pictured the humble appearance of the Savior of the world in the cattle stall, with the lowly oxen... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

I know that Thanksgiving is over, but after reading Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, I really felt that there’s a need to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving going.  I found this copy in the Magnificat: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these... Read more »

The Grace of Zacchaeus

Sometimes a writer will get in my head and articulate something that I never could.  But their words, will be my words and their feelings will be my feelings.  Heather King did that this morning in today’s reflection on the tax collector, Zacchaeus. And while following the rules isn’t in and of itself the answer, once... Read more »

All Saints Day

“To become saints means to fulfill completely what we already are, raised to the dignity of God’s adopted children in Christ Jesus … The saints bring to light in creative fashion quite new human potentialities … The saints are themselves the living spaces into which one can turn … There is no isolation in heaven.... Read more »

Childlike Greatness by Saint Therese of Lisieux

O my Jesus!  what is your answer to all my follies?  Is there a soul more little, more powerless than mine?  Nevertheless even because of my weakness, it has pleased you, O Lord, to grant my little childish desires and you desire, today, to grant other desires that are greater than the universe … O... Read more »

I Don't Want to Work, I Just Want to Pray and Blog All Day

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I only work part time, but there are days when I’m headed out to my job that this song becomes my anthem. I know that I should feel blessed to have a job, but I feel more blessed that my husband has one and has been at the same job for close to forty years!... Read more »

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

The task set before the Baptist as he lay in prison was to become blessed by this unquestioning acceptance of God’s obscure will; to reach the point of asking no further for external, visible, unequivocal clarity, but, instead, of discovering God precisely in the darkness of this world and of his own life, and thus... Read more »

Graces of the Transfiguration

As yet the soul remains cold and hard, for although the sun grows warmer, it is yet far from summer’s clear and genial light.  But soon all is changed.  The divine sun begins to do its heavenly work in the well-prepared garden of the soul. When, therefore, the genial sun of God’s grace begins to... Read more »