HAIL, MARY, FULL OF GRACE: A New Look at the Annunciation

On March 25—exactly nine months before Christmas—the Catholic Church commemorates the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish girl and told her that God would like her to be the mother of the Savior.  “How can this be,” Mary responded, “since I know not man?”Contemporary artist John Collier tells the story of the Annunciation in a fresh way in this painting, which can be found in the narthex of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas.In Collier’s “Annunciati … [Read more...]

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What Is Holy Week?

Holy Week—the week from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday—falls this year on March 24-30.  Holy Week is a sacred time on the Catholic calendar, for it is the period when we commemorate the last week of Jesus' life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. The Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end, but this coming week is extremely important for all Christians. The greatest focus of the week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection o … [Read more...]

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THE CHAIR OF KATHY: From Which I Ponder the Chair of Peter, and Its Significance in the History of the Church

Here is my chair.  It is where I sit, watching the soup pot and watching the birds, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.Today I’ve been thinking about the Chair of Peter, the feast of which we celebrate on February 22.“A feast for a chair?” you ask. Yep.  You see, Peter wasn’t just any old apostle.  Oh, sure, he made a lot of mistakes.  (Pretending not to know Jesus, when approached by that woman at the fire after Jesus’ arrest, was a BIG mistake!)  He was impulsive and blust … [Read more...]

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