Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, First Week of Advent

“At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.” (Matthew 15:29)   When was the last time you walked by the sea, went up on a mountain, or simply sat? All too frequently, our lives, particularly around the holidays, are spent running around in the concrete blocks that are the mall, spent under flourescent lights at the office, and stretching ourselves thin to visit with family and friends, because these are Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, First Week of Advent

Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

What Christmas Means to Me: O Holy Night

When I was young, Christmas was, without a doubt, my favorite day of the year. A sensitive child who was easily overwhelmed, I quite literally vomited from all the excitement every Christmas morning, without fail. The tradition was: I would wake up before anyone else and look at all the presents under the tree, run to the bathroom to throw up, and then would take my Santa-filled stocking into my bedroom to start eating candy and playing with the toys Continue reading What Christmas Means to Me: O Holy Night

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)

Gaudete Sunday

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Paul to the Philippians 4:4-7 The opening antiphon for the third Sunday of Advent begins with this exhortation Continue reading Gaudete Sunday

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

When the Saints Go Marching In: The Martyrs of El Salvador

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by John O’Boyle, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   There aren’t many North American saints. While there are numerous Irish saints, Italian saints, and saints from elsewhere, we Americans seem like the lost children of Israel. Growing up, I often wondered why. Looking back on my childhood, it seems as though I learned about the Catholic faith through the process of osmosis. Each Christmas Eve, when my father would come home from his mail route, he would take a few Continue reading When the Saints Go Marching In: The Martyrs of El Salvador

Syria: Prayers for Peace

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Open YouTube. Play John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Pray. Write…                  Unless you live in a cave, you know that the US congress is debating whether or not to intervene and use force in Syria. I make absolutely no claims to be an expert on Middle East affairs. Though I do keep myself reasonably abreast on current affairs, I have no expertise in foreign relations and would quickly refer you articles as this one in the Washington Post that answers very basic questions Continue reading Syria: Prayers for Peace

Our Lady of Zen: Interfaith Chant for Peace

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This past weekend, two colleagues and I were privileged to participate in the 24 Hour Interfaith Chant for Peace at the Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon, just south of Seattle. Each of the hours is led by a different spiritual tradition, and we were there to represent the Gregorian Chant tradition. Great Vow summarizes this annual event as follows: As the world continues to struggle with great changes to our society, environment, and economy, finding the place within Continue reading Our Lady of Zen: Interfaith Chant for Peace