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Don We Now Our Lady’s Mantle

Don We Now Our Lady’s Mantle

Go ahead. You know you want to sing it. A title like this demands an obligatory “Fa la la—la la la—la-la-la.” Deep into a slightly longer Adventide than usual, and I’m already saying my mea culpas for tempting you with Christmastide before the Holy Family even leave for Bethlehem; before the Altar Guild and volunteers have had the chance [...]

God’s Gift of Life

God’s Gift of Life

A young, unmarried woman receives very unexpected news. Her fiancé does not handle it well. She anticipates the scorn of her close-knit, religious community. The woman’s story sounds all too familiar. However, her story is anything but normal, because this is Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The child in her womb was anything but a mistake—He [...]

In The News

In The News

St. Asaph’s Cathedral Goes Gay: St. Asaph’s Cathedral in Wales premiered the short LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) film, All One in Christ, on December 6, as part of the Iris Prize gay film festival, also taking place at the cathedral. The Iris Prize is the world’s most prestigious LGBTQIA short film [...]

The Creche, The Cross, And Mary

The Creche, The Cross, And Mary

From the Prologue of the Gospel of St. John, vs. 1-4, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, [...]

A Christmas Homily

A Christmas Homily

“Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (St. Luke 2:15) It is Christmas, and once again and these words of the shepherds have become our own. We too journey with them to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus once again. Bethlehem is a real place, not some imaginary village. [...]

Reverent Silence

Reverent Silence

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” So wrote an anonymous priest in the early centuries of the Church. “Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” He wrote this for a [...]