The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today’s readings Today, on the octave day of Christmas, which we still celebrate as Christmas Day, we are blessed to remember the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God. We do this because we all know that Mary’s faith made possible our own lives of faith and even more wonderfully made possible the salvation… Continue reading The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

The Nativity of the Lord: At the Vigil Mass

Today’s readings Children/Family Mass In a town called Nazareth in Galilee, a long time ago, Mary lived with her parents, Joachim and Ann.  Mary was only a young girl, maybe 14 years old.  She came from a quiet little area of the world, and just looking at them, you’d have to say nothing about her… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: At the Vigil Mass

The Nativity of the Lord (Vigil Mass): Joseph’s Story

Today’s readings Once, a very long time ago, there was a man named Joseph.  He was a well-respected and hard-working man, from the family of the great king David.  But since Israel hadn’t been a great nation in a long time, he wasn’t respected for being a great king himself.  Instead, people respected him for… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord (Vigil Mass): Joseph’s Story

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, remembering that the birth of Jesus was foretold to Mary through the messenger of God, the archangel Gabriel. We celebrate it deliberately on this day, the 25th of March, exactly nine months before the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord on… Continue reading Solemnity of the Annunciation

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Those words, spoken by St. Elizabeth to Mary, summarize what is so important about celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s faith, to me, is remarkable. She could never have known where doing the… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Annunciation of the Lord

Today's readings [display_podcast] Fear keeps us from doing all sorts of things the Lord wants for us. If we would truly let go of our fear and cling to our God, just imagine what he could do in us and through us. Ahaz was King of Israel, a mighty commander, but yet was so afraid… Continue reading The Annunciation of the Lord