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Monthly Archives: December 2010
As we draw near the end of the Christmas season, I want to thank all of my family members, parishioners and friends who sent me cards and gave me Christmas presents! I am already enjoying the food, music, books, clothes, … Continue reading
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Beginning the year with Mary
Homily for January 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Today is a very important celebration. New Year’s Day… is not the one I’m talking about; today is the liturgical solemn feast day of Mary, Mother of God. Calling Mary … Continue reading
From the beginning of time, to our time
Homily for Dec. 31, VII Day of the Octave of Christmas Today’s readings are both by the same author – St. John the Evangelist – and they provide us with an interesting perspective on salvation history. The Gospel reading speaks … Continue reading
Spiritually seeing 20/20
Homily for Dec. 30, VI day of the Octave of Christmas As St John the Evangelist points out in the first reading today, our relationship with God takes on different aspects and emphases in different periods of our lives. The … Continue reading
Lessons from the Holy Family
Homily for Dec. 26, Sunday in the Octave of Christmas: the Feast of the Holy Family Today is not just the day after Christmas; it’s the Feast of the Holy Family, of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus together, as we see … Continue reading
Homily for Dec. 25, Christmas Mass during the day A popular secular Christmas carol says that “Christmas is the warmest time of the year.” The first time you hear that line, maybe at a department store while you are wrapped … Continue reading
My first annual origami-decorated Christmas tree!
Merry Christmas, everyone! Now that I am in a parish, I have my own Christmas tree in my office/living room, and of course, I have opted to decorate it only with origami. It’s somewhat sparsely decorated this year because I … Continue reading
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Christmas: for some, the end; for us, the beginning
Homily for Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass For the next twenty-for hours or so, people all over the world will be celebrating Christmas. For the stores, TV, and radio stations, Christmas Day is the end of the main part … Continue reading
The dawn from on high shall break upon us
Homily for Dec. 24, Mass in the Morning The Canticle of Zechariah, which is our Gospel reading today, is in my opinion one of the most beautiful passages in the Gospels, both for its poetic beauty of expression and for … Continue reading
Taking after the Son
Homily for Dec. 21, Tuesday of the IV week of Advent “Exult you just, in the Lord!” All the readings today are full of this sense of rejoicing in the Lord’s presence and in the assurance that He will soon … Continue reading