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 Monday, First Week of Advent

by Gretchen Pacheco, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Monday, First Week of Advent

Unexpected Rest


Today, the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew gives us a passage of Christ speaking to his apostles in what has almost has become a greeting card found in the sympathy section: “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.” Two months ago, a friend overdosed on drugs and attempted to cut herself with the hopes of death. The only reason she lived, she tells me, was that the sleeping pills and Continue reading Unexpected Rest

Open to Letter to Musicians Before Holy Week

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Dearest Singers, Just a few thoughts about what’s about to happen.. We’re about to enter Holy Week starting on Palm Sunday. It’s an intense week that begins at Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and journeys through the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and his burial and his Rising. That which makes us Catholic is born of this week’s event, and on Easter Monday, you feel a describable fatigue from bathing in continual Grace. If there is ever a week to commit yourself Continue reading Open to Letter to Musicians Before Holy Week

The Holy Innocents and Rachel

Three days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Innocents. Innocent children under two years of age in the surrounding region of Bethlehem were murdered at the hands of Herod, king of the Jews. Afraid that a babe was born who would threaten his kingship, Herod ordered them slaughtered. Historically, the numbers are unknown, though for Matthew the evangelist, this fulfills two prophecies: One from Hosea and another from Jeremiah. (The gospel reading for this day is Matthew Continue reading The Holy Innocents and Rachel

Christmas Away From Family

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My family lives in St. Louis and I live in Arizona. Working as a Music Director, I never get a chance to go home for the actual day of Christmas, and so I spend Christmas away from family. Usually I take a trip during January, but by then the Christmas spirit has dissipated, and I can’t help but feel that I’m interrupting their January lives instead bringing my missing puzzle piece home so that we can look like the complete Continue reading Christmas Away From Family

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)

O Antiphons: O Adonai Antiphon (O Lord)

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During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of these seven names of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Adonai Antiphon (O Lord)

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the sixth and final article in a series focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the glorious mysteries are the conclusion of the cycle of prayers. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I Continue reading Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary