Homily for January 1, 2012: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

[Click here for readings] A lot of us had our travel interrupted over the holidays – flight delays, cancellations, weather problems.  But none, I think, can compare with the story of Msgr. Steve Rossetti. Msgr. Rossetti is a priest from the Diocese of Syracuse.  He teaches at Catholic University but every couple years, he goes [Read More…]

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It’s still Christmas, so let’s keep the carols going…

One of my favorites, from an old PBS special.  (The CD of this is a holiday perennial around our house.)  Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Staade and “Gesu Bambino,” conducted by Andre Previn. Has anyone ever done this better?  I don’t think so. [Read more…]

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“Christmas reveals God’s closeness, His intimacy…”

While we are still steeped in the Christmas season — before the tree has been dragged to the curb and the forgotten toys carted down to the basement — here are some heartening words from Archbishop Robert Carlson, speaking about the meaning of Christmas and the ongoing “Catholics Come Home” initiative in the Archdiocese of St. [Read More…]

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Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable Christmas message: “It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love…”

Check this out.  A message of great hope, and faith, and family: [Read more…]

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From my bench to yours…

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A Christmas flash mob featuring…Jesus Christ?

‘Tis the season, so why not? The spirit here — and the unabashed proclamation of faith in the public square — is just wonderful.  Stay with it to the end.  You won’t be disappointed.  (H/T to the Concord Pastor and that merry God Googler, Mike Hayes).   [Read more…]

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Churches closed for Christmas?

It would be unthinkable to Catholics, but some Protestant parishes are doing just that: Because Christmas falls on Sunday this year, some churches are opting to close that day so that families can spend the morning toegther at home. Life Research, based on Nashville, says its national survey of Protestant churches found that 91% would [Read More…]

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Three days and counting …

…so make Advent count.  There’s still time.  Below, the “Advent Conspiracy” video for this year. [Read more…]

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How to wrap a baby in swaddling clothes

Have a newborn, and a manger, and you don’t know what to do?  Problem solved. [Read more…]

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A toast to eggnog

Curious about where that peculiar holiday tonic originated?  Everything you need to know is here: Eggnog really makes you wonder: How did humans first think chugging a spiced and spiked egg-yolk-and-milk mixture was a good idea? It’s a bit like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast: “Now that I’m grown, I eat five dozen eggs, [Read More…]

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