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.

St. Nicholas: Lover, Fighter . . . or Both?

     Hang out your stockings: today, December 6th, is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra.  Over the last couple of centuries the modern Santa Claus has somehow developed from the figure of this 4th century bishop, but the real Saint has retained a strong devotion in both the Eastern and Western churches.  I say the “real […]

2nd Sunday of Advent: Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming

  The beautiful hymn “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming” (originally the 16th century German song “Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen”) is one of my favorite songs of the Advent Season.  It draws its inspiration from the following Messianic passage from the Prophet Isaiah: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a […]

The Reasons for the Season . . . of Advent (1st Sunday)

Mary, heavy with Child, and Joseph are just now leaving Nazareth; the Magi are still far from Bethlehem, doggedly following a strange star in the heavens. Only the still unsuspecting Herod is making merry. There is time yet, so let’s make the most of it.