Epiphany: Faith v. Power

We can learn a lot from the faith of the Magi.  How often do we, who have the full revelation of Jesus Christ and his Gospel, instead seek our own worldly agenda, following the example of miserable King Herod?

12th Day of Christmas: The Christmas Tree Points to Christ 

Merry Christmas on this, the 12th Day of Christmas!     Today is the last of my daily “Twelve Days of Christmas” posts. While today doesn’t mark the end of the Official Christmas Season®, we are nearing its end.  In an earlier post I described the season as a series of ripples emanating from Christmas Day with decreasing […]

10th Day of Christmas: The Christ Child and St. Genevieve

Merry Christmas!  Today is the 10th Day of Christmas, as we continue to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Creator as a little human child. It is helpful when we think about the meaning of  the Nativity to remember that our ancestors generally did not fully share our sentimentality towards children.  

9th Day of Christmas: The Feast of Epiphany

Yes, it is still the Christmas Season: the season officially ends next Sunday with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord.  Today we celebrate the Great Feast of Epiphany . . . at least here in the United States. I’ll withhold comment on whether I think it a good thing or not to move it […]

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.