When we remember together, it takes on a different character. Rather than simply recalling the past, this communal remembrance brings the sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our freedom into the present day. Further, it somehow becomes eternally present whenever we gather to remember.
Does any of this sound familiar? Substitute Jesus for the person(s) you remember today, and this is the essence of the sacred Eucharist.
For 39 years, thousands of people have made a pilgrimage to Washington, DC to bear witness to the sanctity of human life.Â This year was no different. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision (Roe v. Wade) that changed the United States of America in a way no other decision has … [Read more…]
Christmas is a great time to invite friends & family back to Mass On November 27, the first Sunday of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year in the Church, Roman Catholics across the English-speaking world began using a new translation of the Roman Missal. The revisions provide a more literal English translation … [Read more…]
The Greatest Miracle opens in theaters December 9 At Mass, we pray in the midst of thousands of angels. St. John Chrysostom states that â€œWhen Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar. Beside the guardian angels of the faithful who are present, … [Read more…]
The Catholic roots of the word Thanksgiving and it’s history in America.
The National Catholic Register’s 2011 Advent Guides I enjoy receiving our printed copy of the National Catholic RegisterÂ this time of the year forÂ the clip out, photocopy, and pass-on Advent guides. Previous years’ clip-outs still remain in my prayer journal, and I refer to them often (e.g., theÂ How (and Why) of Daily Prayer and Praying the … [Read more…]
This past Sunday, my son celebrated his fifth communion. I know because he told me. Heâ€™s been counting and says he plans to keep counting until he is an old man hobbling down the aisle. I hope he does. Personally, I love to envision him bent over a walker, shuffling down the aisle, murmuring, â€œthree … [Read more…]