The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings I am so glad that Pope Francis declared this the year of Saint Joseph, because I think we, as a Church, as the people of God, have been needing to be stronger in our devotion to Saint Joseph for a long time now.  Saint Joseph is the intercessor and the model for all of… Continue reading The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

Today’s readings Sometimes we get an awful lot of information to process.  On this, the last evening of the auspicious year of 2020, there’s a lot I could say about all that we’ve been through, more or less together (although certainly socially distanced) this year.  So much of our attention has been, deservedly, focused on the COVID-19… Continue reading The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prevenient Grace

Today’s readings I love that the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated during the season of Advent.  Advent is a season of anticipation: God’s promises echo through the Old Testament, and in these Advent days, we see those promises coming to fruition in exciting and world-changing ways.  Today’s feast is a glorious glimpse of… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prevenient Grace

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readingsSchool Mass I think we’re so blessed that we get to come to church and celebrate so many of Mary’s feasts.  Today is a very special feast because Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States of America, and also the patroness of our parish, and so she is… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Matthew’s account of the genealogy of the Lord is unusual for many reasons, but most notable among those reasons, and the reason it was chosen for Mass today is because it contained the name of five women. This might not seem all that amazing to us today, but back in Matthew’s day, genealogies… Continue reading The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Solemnity in the Church because, in a real sense, it is a matter of life and death.  Death is a reality in this world, and we see it all the time.  But, because Our Lord assumed his Holy Mother into heaven, we can see that death… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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Today’s readings And Mary kept all these things,reflecting on them in her heart. This is definitely the kind of reflection a mom would do. Saint Luke notes all throughout Jesus’ young life that Mary kept the events of Jesus’ life and reflected on them in her heart. At the visit of the shepherds, and again… Continue reading Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Our Lady of Guadalupe

It’s so important to our spiritual lives that we be willing to be interrupted by the holy.  If we just keep doing what we’re doing, and never take notice of what God is doing, we miss out on some pretty wonderful experiences.  The apparitions of our Blessed Mother are holy interruptions, experiences that call our… Continue reading Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Advent is a season of anticipation: God’s promises echo through the Old Testament, and in these Advent days, we see those promises coming to fruition in exciting and world-changing ways.  Today’s feast is a glorious glimpse of that reality. We are honored today to celebrate the patronal feast day of our parish and… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel can be a confusing one, perhaps even a little difficult to hear.  It’s very disconcerting to see Jesus as being callous to his mother and not receiving her when she came to visit.  But our gut – or rather our faith – tells us that Jesus and Mary had a relationship… Continue reading The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary