BORE-DINARY TIME??

We have moved from the celebrational seasons of Advent and Christmas to “Ordinary Time.”  This is what the official description says about it:            Besides the times of the year that have their own...

THE 4 “J’s” OF THE BAPTISM

Today’s Feast is a joy-filled one, and a very gentle and peace-filled one (to those who don’t know “the rest of the story” at this point).  It’s especially beautiful when one learns that Epiphany once marked THREE events:  the Magi, the Baptism, and the...

OUR EPIPHANIES

The word “epiphany” is a virtual transliteration from the Greek word for “revelation” or “manifestation.”  It’s not an accident that our Liturgy celebrates 3 such events in succession (and once upon a time, all on the same day):  the visit of the Magi, the...

THEIR FAMILY AND OURS

The earliest images I have had of the Holy Family came from prayer cards that were (shall we say?) idealized:  Joseph gently rocking a plane over a board, Mary sitting and knitting, Jesus playing with the wood curls Joseph was creating.  One detail still...

4 DOWN, AND “O’s” TO GO

This marks the end of 4 Sundays of Advent—we end with the promise of a Savior announced by Archangel Gabriel to Mary, foreshadowed by Nathan’s word from God to David that his descendant would indeed build a “house.”  It is put into context by St Paul who begins...

FRANCIS & ME: LAST TIME, I PROMISE!

I’m offering some reflections again from Pope Francis, in part because they resonated with my homily of a couple of weeks ago, using Fr Joseph Tetlow, SJ, as my jumping off point.  The Pope’s comments come from his “Message for the International Day of Persons...