Memorial Day and the Mass

Red poppies growing among the ruins in Ancient Ephesus

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.

Reflections from the 2012 March for Life

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For 39 years, thousands of people have made a pilgrimage to Washington, DC to bear witness to the sanctity of human life.  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 […]

Invite Them Back — Invite Them In

And-With-Your-Spirit

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 […]

Animated Mass in 3D — Angels Included

The Greatest  Miracle opens December 9

The Greatest Miracle opens in theaters December 9 At Mass, we pray in the midst of thousands of angels. St. John Chrysostom states that “When 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, […]

Clip Out, Photocopy & Pass-On Advent Guides

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The National Catholic Register’s 2011 Advent Guides I enjoy receiving our printed copy of the National Catholic Register this time of the year for 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., the How (and Why) of Daily Prayer and Praying the […]

Happily Ever After

Our Lady of Salvation, Baghdad

November 7, 2010: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The “afterlife” is an interesting topic. Bring it up with enough people and you will get responses ranging from reincarnation to rapture and everything in between, including nothing at all. What do you believe? This was the subject of the past Sunday’s readings. Maccabee Martyrs. In the first […]