Saints Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Our Lord

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the memory of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and thus, grandparents of Our Lord.  I always like to say that today is the real grandparents day, not that “Hallmark holiday” that comes up sometime in the fall.  Today we pray for grandparents and give thanks… Continue reading Saints Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Our Lord

Saint Thomas, Apostle

Today’s readings You know, sometimes I think we don’t know what we believe until we’re called upon to explain it.  Especially for those of us who are “cradle Catholics” – the ones who were baptized Catholic and have grown up in the faith all our lives.  We often just accept the things the Church teaches, and never… Continue reading Saint Thomas, Apostle

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast of great importance to our Church.  Saint Peter, the apostle to the Jews, and St. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, come together to show how the Church is truly universal, that is, truly catholic.  There are similarities between the two men.  Simon’s name is changed to Peter after he professes… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  When we celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But today we celebrate the birth of a saint, Saint John the Baptist, and the fact that we’re celebrating his birth points… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Saint Joseph the Worker

Today’s readings (I chose option 2 of the first readings.) In his encyclical, Laborem Exercens, Pope Saint John Paul II said, echoing the sentiments of the Second Vatican Council, “The word of God’s revelation is profoundly marked by the fundamental truth that humankind, created in the image of God, shares by their work in the activity… Continue reading Saint Joseph the Worker

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

Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

We have been hearing from the martyrs a lot recently.  On Wednesday, we remembered Saint Blaise, a bishop and martyr who is the patron saint of those with illnesses, specifically of the throat.  Yesterday, we remembered Saint Agatha, a virgin and martyr who was put to death in the third century.  Today we remember Saint… Continue reading Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

Portrait of St. Thomas Becket, reassembled from fragments by Samuel Caldwell Jr in 1919. Becket Window 1 (n. VII) in the north aisle of the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.

Today’s readings The birth of Christ in our world ought to mean something to us: the birth of Christ ought to mean a change in our attitudes and our behaviors and even in the course of our lives. Today is a commemoration of Saint Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury who ultimately lost his life… Continue reading The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Today’s readingsMass for the school children. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, who was called “Mother Cabrini” during her life, was a humble woman of great faith and fortitude.  Because of poor health, she was refused entrance to the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, the religious community that had educated her.  But in 1880, along with seven other young… Continue reading Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings I think we all bristle, unfortunately, at the idea of being a saint.  Saints are those super-holy folks who are depicted in artwork and glorified in amazing stories.  We are just ordinary people who struggle with our holiness, at best.  But today, the Church is asking us to think about saints in a broader way.  Yes, we… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints