Are We Facebook Friends with God?


Dominican priest Fr. Ambrose Little reflects on the Gospel reading for this Thursday in a way that might resonate with a lot of us who are on Facebook or other social media: My brother once told me about how he knew his list of friends on Facebook was getting out of control. He noticed a [Read More...]

Jesus Comes to Strengthen & Renew Creation


Dec. 4 is the feast of St. John Damascene, a Syrian who lived from around 676 until 749. In his writings, this Doctor of the Church explains that a fallen humanity needed God’s tremendous gift of Himself: It was necessary for nature to be strengthened and renewed, and for the path of virtue to be [Read More...]

O God, We Love Thee


The hymn O Deus Ego Amo Te (“O God, I Love Thee”) is attributed to St. Francis Xavier, the Spanish Jesuit missionary and student of Jesuit founder Ignatius Loyola, whose feast we celebrate each year on Dec. 3. Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., is among those who have provided English translations: I love thee, God, [Read More...]

Breath of Life


My friend Fr. Steve Grunow gives a breathtakingly beautiful answer to a question Thomas L. McDonald posed to him about the Rosary. Asked: What is your relationship with the Rosary? Answered: The repetition of prayers in the Rosary is for me the surrendering of my own breath to the breath of the Holy Spirit. Well [Read More...]

Why Advent?


Saint Charles Borromeo explains (hat tip, as we say, to Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced at last to see. [Read More...]

Getting into the Advent Spirit


Fr. Robert Barron popped into my inbox this morning (I subscribed to this daily Advent reflections! you can, too) with more to say about longing: I’ve always sensed that the Advent attitudes of waiting, expecting, hoping, and anticipating somehow speak to the deepest desires of our heart. That is probably because our whole existence here [Read More...]

George Washington, the Blessed Mother, and #Advent


As we begin the season of Advent, Fr. Peter John Cameron writes in The Magnificat Advent Companion about what we are called to enter in to: If you visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, you will notice something inside the mansion’s front door. On the left wall of the central passage hangs an [Read More...]

Deep Longing, Sure Hope


In his new book on The Feasts of the Church and how they form us as Catholics, Washington, D.C.’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl writes with Mike Aquilina about Advent: In Advent the Church prepares to receive the fullness of revelation. The Scriptures proclaimed at Mass convey a sense of deep longing, but also a sure hope [Read More...]