Bishops as modern magi: from Pope Benedict’s homily for Epiphany

From the Holy See’s website today: Following a tradition begun by Pope John Paul II, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord also as the day when episcopal ordination will be conferred on four priests who will now cooperate in different ways in the ministry of the Pope for the unity of [Read More...]

Behold: the three kings of Juana Diaz

A friend in Florida sent me the picture above just before Christmas, with this explanation: Juana Diaz is a little town on the south coast of the island of Puerto Rico, next to my home city of Ponce. In 1884 an Spanish priest started something like a Medieval Epiphany play. The entire town (literally) participated [Read More...]

One last Christmas blast

For the close of the Christmas season, Epiphany, enjoy a rollicking rendition of “We Three Kings” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” courtesy the Barenaked Ladies.   Merry Christmas! [Read more...]

A prayer for Epiphany

Let us pray… Father of light, unchanging God, today you reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ [Read More...]

Homily for January 2, 2011: Epiphany of the Lord

Several years ago, my wife’s sister came home one day to learn that her husband of 25 years no longer wanted to be married to her.  To say it was a shock would be an understatement.  It turned her world inside out.  She ended up, like so many people today, going through a difficult and [Read More...]


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