When I was little, probably for a birthday, my grandmother gave me a fifty dollar savings bond. I remember my father asking me what I was going to do with it: would it go towards a car, college, house, or retirement? He said the last one with a chuckle. At the time, I had no […]
The first reading at Mass today is Ephesians 6:10-20. It reminds us that “our struggle is not with flesh and blood.” For this reason, we are exhorted to put on the “armor of God.” In our growth in holiness and struggle against sin few weapons are as powerful as the Holy Rosary. Pray it daily.
Today the Church celebrates the Nativity (birthday) of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pasted below is the collect (opening prayer) from Mass today: Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth […]
Saint Peter Damian opines that the Assumption of Our Lady was more glorious than the Ascension of Our Lord. His logic is simple: when Jesus entered the Kingdom he was greeted only by the angels, but when Mary entered the Kingdom she was greeted by Our Lord and all the angels and saints. This makes the prospect […]
Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany of Our Lord. If Christmas celebrates Our Lord’s incarnation, then the Epiphany celebrates His manifestation to the world. The Gospel account of the Epiphany provides much fodder for our meditation. Let me lift up one point we might overlook: “on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother” […]