The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yesterday we honored the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a joyful celebration. Today we celebrate a “companion feast” – really a continuation of yesterday’s feast. We continue to love, honor, and praise the Heart of Jesus, but we do so with a greater awareness that we are...

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Joy is a Christian’s first language,” Pope Francis says in this week’s Spiritual Reflection, and his insight is confirmed in the readings for today’s celebration of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year it happens that, just as Pentecost was followed...

Mary Mother of the Church

Yesterday’s solemnity, Pentecost Sunday, is celebrated as the “birthday of the Church.” Where there is a birth, there must be a mother. Today’s memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church was officially added to the liturgical calendar in 2018, so that the day after the...

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Today the penitential, somber spirit of Lent gives way to the joyful celebration of the Annunciation. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus said, “when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” How can he be lifted up unless he first comes down? And how can...

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary

In the Jewish tradition, the joyful celebration of marriage lasted for one full week. This tradition is reflected in the one-week period which connects the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19) with the Solemnity of the Annunciation...