The Epiphany of the Lord

Today we celebrate the great Feast of Epiphany – the revelation, the manifestation, of God’s love for his people, in the birth of Jesus Christ, who is Emmanuel, God With Us. For centuries the prophets had proclaimed God’s love for his people, and now that love has...

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

In the world, today is known as New Year’s Day, but in the Church, we are also celebrating the much more profound Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We could call this the “Mother’s Day” of the Church. Now that the noise and empty celebration of last night is past, let...

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

We rejoice within this Octave of Christmas and celebrate exultantly the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, has entered into our time, history, lives and families and assumed them to transform them and to give them meaning. It is most fitting that the Feast of the Holy...

The Nativity of the Lord

We have spent the whole season of Advent preparing for this holy and joyful day, the Birthday of the Savior of the world. And yet, now that he has arrived, we are still overwhelmed by the mystery we ponder. For on Christmas Day we suddenly come face-to-face with God –...

Seasonal Introduction to Christmas

The Christmas Season takes its direction from the splendor of the light of Christ, which breaks into our Advent darkness with the three liturgical celebrations on Christmas Day. We then proceed into the Octave, which contains numerous feasts. There is an intensity of...