We Three Kings: Music for Epiphany

We Three Kings “We Three Kings of Orient Are . . .”  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know this song? It’s easily the most familiar hymn associated with Epiphany, at least as it’s celebrated in the Western Church. I wrote more extensively about Epiphany itself in my post on Janauary 6th, the traditional date […]

Epiphany – Faith vs. 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 

The Christmas Tree, 5 January 2023 12th Day of Christmas 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 […]

9th Day of Christmas – God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

 God’s Ways  God’s ways are not our ways.  We hear a lot of Isaiah through the seasons of Advent and Christmas, but the passage below expresses with particular clarity one of the most striking and curious things about Christmas: For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.For as the […]

7th Day of Christmas – Christmas is Just Beginning

Are You Sure It’s Just Beginning?  Just beginning? Does it seem like it’s just beginning . . . ? Some images never fade. I have a vivid memory of a Christmas years ago, shortly after my return to the Faith. The Christmas tree was literally hurled through the front door on the afternoon of Christmas […]

6th Day of Christmas – The Holy Family and the Crisis of Our Family

Holy Family Gennari

 Holy Family  The Holy Family, whose feast we celebrate today, commemorates the Holiest Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. But, as always, there’s more to it. The name of the feast also reminds us that “the family” in general, composed of father, mother, and children, is itself “holy.” It is, in fact, a gift of God.   […]