In honor of the Immaculate Conception
For today’s solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I decided to issue a challenge. Two challenges, actually. The first challenge is…
Can you identify which one of these depictions of the Immaculate Conception was painted by Murillo? More…
I must decrease
Who are you in today’s Gospel?
Three types of person appear on the scene in the Gospel reading for today (Matthew 3:1-12): The one who fearlessly proclaims Christ as Lord; the crowds who go out to see to see this man; the Pharisees and Sadducees who also go out to see him.
John is a strong and charismatic character, who draws a lot of attention to himself, although he’s fully aware that his mission is to do just the opposite.
He does not desire the attention he gets for himself (as Pharisees and Sadducees do). He identifies with his mission, which is to point us toward someone else far greater than himself.
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There are days when a blogger gets a block and can’t come up with much to say. Then there are days when the blogger has so many ideas that he can’t think of how to put it all into one post. Happens to be the latter for me today. Of course, I don’t have to say it all. But, then again….
Good things always come in 3s, right? So here’s how I’m going to do it. More…
Great crowds came to him… They all ate and were satisfied
The Gospel reading in today’s Mass illustrates why we have Advent: Christ comes to us, because we need Him. He comes to us in mysterious ways in which we are spiritually healed, nourished, and restored to new life in Him.
From today’s Gospel: More…
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see”
My Advent song pick for today is Veni, Veni Emmanuel (Version by Mannheim Steamroller)
“A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom” — Isaiah 11:1
There’s nothing like Christmas music to set the tone and stir up our hearts for Christmas.
Nothing except Advent music, of course, because Advent hymns are designed specifically for the Season before Christmas that we’re in now.
I have many Advent tunes I like a lot. This one, however, has always been my favorite. More…
From the Preface of the Mass
For he assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh,
and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago,
and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,
that, when he comes again in glory and majesty
and all is at last made manifest,
we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise
in which now we dare to hope.
One of my favorite Christmas songs begins: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks… More…