Category Archives: Feasts & Seasons

A Christmas Reading and Franciscan Blessing

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

[One might call today’s Feast of the Triumph of the Cross the most oxymoronic of feasts since triumph and cross seem to contradict one another and yet are placed side by side.  What seemed a complete defeat on Good Friday … Continue reading

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TODAY IS The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

Who Holds the Cross of Christ? Pilate asked Jesus,  “Do you not know that I have power  to release you, and power to crucify you?” (John 19:10)  Pilate thinks he holds the cross of Christ. Jesus knows otherwise.  How we … Continue reading

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The Visitation: A Reading and Reflection on this Holy Feast

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled … Continue reading

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Ascension Day Litany

Ascension Day Litany Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. O Christ, hear us. O Christ, graciously hear us. Jesus, King of glory, your disciples saw you ascend into heaven: Have mercy on us. You are seated in … Continue reading

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Only Jesus: A Good Friday Homily by Fr. Austin Fleming

      [Fr. Austin Fleming was part of my formation as a priest during my last two years of seminary studies.  Here is his Good Friday homily from last year. This truly inspired me and is the best Good Friday … Continue reading

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TODAY IS the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

A Prayer [adapted] on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord It is my duty and my joy, at all times to give you thanks and praise, for today the grace of the Holy Spirit in the form of … Continue reading

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The Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God: A Litany

A Marianist Litany Opening Prayer Mary, God chose you as the mother of his Son and called all nations and generations to bless the gift of grace he gave you. In the company of those who have gone before us, … Continue reading

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The Scandal of the Babe-God by Tim Drake

If the wood of the Cross was the scandal at the end of Christ’s life, the wood of the manger was the scandal at the beginning. At Christmas we fully encounter  the radical reality of Emmanuel – God with us. We’ve … Continue reading

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A Prayer and a Song Before Bed

Glory to You, Almighty God, for You sent Your only-begotten Son that we might have new life.  Glory to You, Lord Jesus Christ, for You became flesh and dwelt among us that we might become Your people.  Glory to You, … Continue reading

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