Gospel Reflection for Friday, First Week of Advent

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Friday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Thursday, First Week of Advent

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” –Matthew 7:21 Words are cheap. St. Francis knew this. He is attributed with the notion of ‘preaching the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, (using) words.’ The bucket of clichés that amounts to ‘actions speak louder than words’ are many, and probably because it contains more than Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Thursday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” –Luke 10:21-22 The first time someone told me that I should consider diversifying my assets, I became physically ill and wanted to check myself into the nearest Urgent Care. This bruising moment of adult realization caused intense mourning for days of sandboxes and dressing up as Robin for Halloween. When Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

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Happy Advent to all! from Catholic Majority!  Welcome to our preparation time before Christmas. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,whether in the evening, or at midnight,or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” – Matthew 13:36-37 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In this first week’s Gospel, Jesus asks us to watch and stay awake. Continue reading Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

5 Myths About Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

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by Rhonda Miska, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   The Central American children coming to the southern border of the United States have created a stir in the media. Much of what is said about these children and their experiences is oversimplified, misleading, or patently false. During my time as a legal assistant at Americans for Immigrant Justice – an organization which has provided pro bono legal representation to thousands of immigrants since its founding in 1996 – I have heard Continue reading 5 Myths About Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

Holy Thursday

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We begin the Triduum – three continuous days where we enter the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ – one continuous service that leads us from complete darkness into light starting on Thursday and culminating on Saturday. We start with Holy Thursday. Three things happen on Holy Thursday: Institution of the Priesthood; the Eucharist; and a Love stronger than death. 1) The word priest comes from Presbyter, etymologically from Greek meaning ‘elder’ or as one who leads. The priesthood was an Continue reading Holy Thursday

Saint Stephen (On the Feast of Stephen)

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It is interesting that the day after we celebrate the birth of Christ – Word made flesh dwelling among us, Love incarnate – that we commemorate the life of a young man stoned to death. New life stands directly next to death. Saint Stephen, first martyr of the Church, was stoned to death at the hands of Saul for preaching Christianity. He was the first of the seven deacons and is thus the patron saint of deacons (as well as stonemasons). Continue reading Saint Stephen (On the Feast of Stephen)

St. Ambrose, the Honey Tongued Doctor

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St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, became the Bishop of Milan when he was 33 in the year 374. At the time of his appointment, he was a civil leader and lawyer in Milan who happened to be charged with keeping order in the election of a new bishop between the Catholics and the Arians (who disputed the divinity of Christ). As fate would dictate, someone yelled ‘Ambrose for Bishop’ and both sides agreed on this seemingly neutral choice for Continue reading St. Ambrose, the Honey Tongued Doctor

Holy Old Saint Nicholas

We celebrate Christmas — the birth of Christ — each December 25th. On a more secular note, it is also the day during which Santa travels around the world delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But the basis for Santa is anything but secular, and each December 6th is a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves of Saint Nicholas, and the meaning of selflessness. 1,670 years ago, Santa Claus still walked amongst us. Prior to moving to the North Continue reading Holy Old Saint Nicholas