On the Annunciation
You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. Continue »
Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker.
A friend was struggling. You could see it in his eyes and in his growing estrangement from his family and from church. I prayed for him, sensing he was headed for deep trouble. And since the need was so great and the crisis so near, I entrusted my friend to the care of St. Nicholas of Myra. Continue »
An Examination of Conscience for Advent
Have you ever noticed how good we can be at noticing other people’s weaknesses, while still having a blind spot for our own? Fortunately, God is familiar with this tendency. Continue »
Jesus wants to be with you!
Ah, Christmas—that joyous, exciting, most wonderful time of the year! It seems that everyone, even the most secular among us, gets swept up in the magic of the season—buying gifts, hosting parties, and decorating their homes. We just can’t wait for Christmas to come! Continue »
Proclaiming the Salvation of Christ today
One Christmas I was assisting at the midnight Mass presided over by the pope in St. Peter’s. It was time to intone the Roman Martyrology for the day of Christmas: Continue »
I Found My Home In The Church
Advent is all about welcome—about preparing a way for the Lord and being received as members of Jesus’ family gathered at the manger. It’s about recognizing Christ in the people around us and welcoming them as openly as he would. It’s about removing every barrier and obstacle to the Spirit’s work. Continue »
Set some goals for Advent.
Every parent knows this scenario: you go into your child’s bedroom and say, “Rise and shine! Time to get up for school.” Continue »
Special Intentions for December
Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »
These practical, realistic suggestions will show you how.
“Family” and “prayer” belong together. After all, as the Second Vatican Council taught, our families are the “domestic church.” Continue »
You will be persecuted, Jesus warns, but “it will lead to your giving testimony” (Luke 21:13).
There is absolutely no reason to be fearful and no need to rehearse what you might say. Jesus promises: “I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute” (21:15). Continue »
Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro
In February 1927, with one stroke of the pen, Mexican President General Plutarco Elias Calles turned every priest in his country into an outlaw. He ordered them to leave their posts, wherever they were, and to report immediately to Mexico City. Continue »
St. Martin of Tours shows us how
Here’s a paradox that is central to Christianity: We lose what we keep, and we gain what we give away! “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it,” Jesus told his disciples (Luke 17:33). Continue »
A heavenly perspective can change your earthly life.
Have you ever noticed how much being in love can change someone? Think, for instance, of a man and woman engaged to be married. Their hearts are consumed with thoughts of one another. Continue »
A Forever Kind of Love
I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices. (Psalm 16:8, 9) Continue »
Prepare now—in trust and joy—and Jesus at your side.
All of us will face the cold reality of death one day. It makes no difference where we live, how wealthy we are, or how much influence we have. Continue »