Blog Posts for "Christmas"

The Christmas Spirit

Feast of the Holy Innocents Matthew 2:13-18   If you’ve had to do any kind of shopping or have listened to any radio station over the past couple of days, it’s pretty evident that many folks have “moved on” from Christmas.  Stores have deeply discounted their holiday merchandise.  Christmas candy (now on sale!) has been replaced by the various heart-shaped treats for Valentine’s Day.  Yesterday I even saw a rack of swimming trunks! In some ways, it can also seem as if the Church almost as quickly “moves...

“How can this be?”

Advent Weekday Luke 1:26-38 We can only imagine the flood of thoughts and emotions that were going through the mind of a young woman when she was visited by an angel and told that the Lord had chosen her of all those in history to be the mother of his Son.  Luke’s account of the Annunciation suggests at least two:  fear and confusion.  She was “deeply troubled” at what Gabriel told her and had trouble understanding what being “full of grace” and having the Lord with her really meant.  Further,...

St. Nicholas’ Greatest Gift to Us

St. Nicholas How does one become the patron saint of children, bankers, pawn brokers, sailors, perfumers, brides, unmarried women, sailors, dock workers, travelers, brewers, poets and prisoners?  It doesn’t hurt to be the subject of many legends, as St. Nicholas surely was.  In one such story, he upheld the human dignity of three young women and saved them from a life of prostitution when, on successive nights, he dropped a bag of gold on the window sill of their home so that their father would be able to provide a dowry for each...

Ramadan, Rama-Don’t!

July 9, 2014 For the past several weeks, I have been blessed with the opportunity to minister at one of our Capuchin parishes in the General Custody of Arabia, which covers the Gulf States of the Middle East. (For security reasons, I won’t identify the country.) The parishes minister to the many expatriates (“ex-pats”) who work here and come from a broad array of countries, including India, the Philippines, Ireland, Nigeria, and the USA. One of the blessings of any visit to a mission is the opportunity to learn more about the culture(s) of the country or region in which...

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