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Nativity of our Lord, Year B – Thursday, December 25, 2014 One of my personal Advent and Christmas traditions each year has been to attend (or at least listen to) Handel’s Messiah. My “Messiah night” took place this past week, not in a concert hall or church, but in my residence. The choral section from ...read more
The seasons of Advent and Christmas seem to come so quickly and to be filled with many activities to say the least. In the everyday planning and preparations for family and community celebrations there are inevitably certain individuals who for whatever reason go unnoticed or unrecognized. They make important contributions. They are invaluable in their ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 21, 2014 “The Sound of Music” stage play and I are the same age — both from that vintage year of 1959 — and the film version was the first “motion picture” I saw as child in the mid 1960’s with my family. God alone knows how ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 14, 2014 Advent is the season of the prophets and the Scripture readings of these weeks before Christmas help us to focus our vision and deepen our longing for the Messiah. In this year’s Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent, the figure of John the Baptist ...read more
Video of America Magazine and American Bible Society Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB As we look back over the sweeping changes in the life of the Church following Vatican II, we can never underestimate the important relation that exists between liturgy and the interpretation of the Bible. This relation is directly linked to the Church fathers ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 7, 2014 One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the details of John’s life and see how he is such a good model for us. John the ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year B – Sunday, November 30, 2014 This weekend the Church enters into the liturgical season of Advent. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is “at hand.” Advent does not change God. Advent deepens our longing and anticipation that God will do what prophets and ...read more
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A – Sunday, November 23, 2014 During my graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in the late 1980s, I had the privilege of teaching Scripture on several occasions to the Missionaries of Charity at their formation house on the outskirts of ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – November 16, 2014 Today’s Gospel story presents us with the last of the three parables that form Jesus’ final discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. Each of the three parables relates a different kind of accountability required of Christians as they prepare for their glorious encounter with Christ. The ...read more
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 Why do Catholic Christians commemorate the dead during the month of November? The feast of All Souls and the month of November are sources of consolation for each of us. If our hearts are broken and suffering because of the loss of loved ones, ...read more