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The Word Is Life

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Not much information about Mary’s birthday is known. The Church teaches that she was conceived without sin as the Immaculate Conception. We know that her parents were Anne and Joachim, whose feast we celebrate at the end of July. How did families celebrate birthdays before the common era? In the Jewish tradition, a child was…

Saint Monica: Letting go, letting God

St. Monica is the Patron Saint of Mothers. Her life, after her husband’s death, was no easy journey. On top of it all, she had a willful and rebellious child (Augustine) who put her to the test regularly. He grew to be a source of great pain to her as his self-confessed life of sin…

Sure Hope and Comfort

A few years ago, I asked my doctor about a spot on my skin and after examining the mark he said it was “chronological accumulation of environmental exposure.” He got away with saying this only because he has been exposed longer than I have. Some of the earliest signs of aging appear on our skin….

St. Clare and the Eucharist

For those working in pastoral ministry, keeping a healthy balance in the parish is a constant task. Communities, like the individual people that constitute them, have tendencies to lean towards their preferred models and predispositions. Without correctives, this leads to imbalance. One common area of tension is between action and contemplation. Some parishes focus so…

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Have you ever seen a sunrise or sunset and been mesmerized by its beauty? Or Aurora Borealis on a dark winter’s night? Those are the only experiences that I have had that could come close to what the disciples experienced with Jesus’ transfiguration. My experiences were natural phenomena. Jesus himself was transfigured. Once, when I…