7th Day of Christmas: What Exactly is The Christmas Season?

There are some people who don’t see the point of all this complexity: why not just celebrate Christmas and be done with it?  But the Liturgical Calendar is not just about commemorating past events: it’s about experiencing the events of Salvation History in our own lives.  

2nd Day of Christmas: Feast of the Holy Family

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51-52) St. Augustine addressed our Lord as “O Beauty ever ancient, ever new.” We can […]

Merry Christmas (and Feast of St. Anastasia)!

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born […]

The Christmas Conversion of St. Thérèse

In the lives of the Saints we can find some amazing stories of conversion: the Risen Lord literally knocking his persecutor Saul to ground and blinding him, in order to raise him up as St. Paul; the rich and spoiled son of an Italian cloth merchant who needed a year in a dungeon as a […]

Even Little Saints See the Face of God: St. Servulus, Tiny Tim, and the Nativity

Servulus is truly an admirable model of heroic virtue.  In spite of a lifetime of constant suffering, he was filled with gratitude to his Creator, and was completely devoted to Him, as signified by his name (Servulus means “little slave”). Moreover, despite his own absolute poverty, he was keenly aware of the need of others.

From Small Beginnings: the 4th Sunday of Advent

“The New Testament in the Old is concealed, the Old Testament in the New is revealed,” as St. Augustine once said.*  We can see the truth of these words in the amazing event we celebrate at Christmas.  Consider the opening verses of the first reading for the 4th Sunday of Advent, from the Book of the Prophet Micah: […]