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

Let Your Life Sing: Saint Cecilia

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Happy Feast Day to all musicians! Today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, celebrated every year since the fourth century on November 22nd. Saint Cecilia is distinguished as one of seven women, virgins and martyrs, celebrated in the canon of the Mass. The name Cecilia can be etymologically traced to mean lily of heaven or sight to the blind (which is why she is also patroness of the blind). Saint Cecilia’s patronage of music comes from the legend that she heard heavenly Continue reading Let Your Life Sing: Saint Cecilia

Saint Bonaventure and Women

July 15th was the feast day of Saint Bonaventure. A supreme intellect, Saint Bonaventure is known for his leading the Franciscan order of minors and helping to fostering the marriage of faith and reason through his teachings and works. He took the name Bonaventure to celebrate and honor his ‘Good fortune’ of being a Franciscan. “I confess before God that what made me love Saint Francis’ way of life so much was that it is exactly like the origin and the Continue reading Saint Bonaventure and Women

Blessed Junipero Serra

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Father Junipero (1713-1783), also known as the Apostle of California, was a Franciscan monk and Spanish Missionary, instrumental in the founding of the first nine missions of California. From San Diego to San Francisco, the first nine of the eventual 21 missions were established. His feast day is celebrated on July 1st, the day he first entered Alta California. Born in Spain, he quickly became known for his eloquent preaching and his unrivaled intellect. He was quite eccentric in his Continue reading Blessed Junipero Serra

Feast of the Holy Family

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Today, the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. Strictly speaking, the feast celebrates the familial tie between Jesus, his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph. While all members of the Holy Family have their own feast day (and frequently, more than one day, celebrating different aspects of each), today is set aside to recognize and commemorate them as a family unit. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are held up as a Continue reading Feast of the Holy Family

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

Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

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Today, December 27th, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint John, the apostle. Of all the disciples (Peter being the exception), John seems to be held in the highest esteem, both by later Christians and by Christ himself. While Peter’s fame seems to derive from his prominent place in the Gospels as well as his leadership role among the apostles, John is known for both Christ’s affection for him, and for his sheer longevity. Although early Church Fathers considered the Continue reading Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

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. Lucy and What the Fox Said

Today we celebrate the feast of virgin and martyr, St. Lucy, patron saint of the blind. She is often represented in art as holding two eyeballs on a dish, an unconfirmed symbol of the legend of the torture she endured under the reign of Diocletian in which there was heavy persecution of those practicing Christianity. St. Lucy was betrothed to a pagan, but refused; protecting the flower of her virginity in Christ’s name. Meanwhile her mother was miraculously cured of Continue reading St. Lucy and What the Fox Said