Homily for the Vigil of the Assumption

[From the vault: here's my 2010 homily for the vigil of tomorrow's feast.] Years ago, a friend gave me a holy card with an unusual depiction of the Blessed Mother. She is visibly pregnant, and reading from a book – praying from scripture. As my friend explained to me: it’s a great image for a [Read More...]

Happy Candlemas, Jesus!

Tomorrow is the big day, and lots of folks are getting ready… From the In My Backyard Desk…a colorful look at preparations underway in Brooklyn, courtesy the New York Times: Norma Castro laid the familiar figure on the counter before her, next to a basket of poblano peppers. Then, ignoring the twangy bachata music that [Read More...]


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