We must make it feel like Christmas

At this time, more than 2,000 years ago, a young, pregnant Mary and her loving husband Joseph, were making the arduous trek across terrain that was neither level, nor easy to travel.

When to call the Liturgy police

Tuesday 6 December 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — St. Nicholas Day

I’m scrupulous about keeping the season of Advent. At any church …

The first American priest martyr

With martyrs, Christians are always faced with a moral paradox, for martyrs are signs of contradiction not only to the people and culture that executed them but …

An opportunity to unite as Catholics

Much has been written in the aftermath of this historic election, and it is hard to deny that most of what one reads is rife with anxiety. Throughout the season …

Orphans in liquid nitrogen

Some humanitarian tragedies occur quietly and “in the background,” only gradually coming to light years or decades after serious harm has already occurred, like …

A counter-cultural Christmas

Any sustained exposure to our secular media will show that the celebration of Christmas has little to do with Christ and everything to do with madcap escapades, …

One’s Christian view of politics

With the election of Donald Trump as president, we have experienced the greatest political upset in American history. The pundits, the polls, and the media …

Look Who’s coming for dinner

“Today I shall dine at your house.” Very few of our friends would be so up front as to invite themselves over without giving us the heads-up, let alone someone we just met. Yet …

Dancing with the stars in Kalaupapa

She was dressed in a magnificent Native American costume topped off by the colorful feathered head adornment of a proud chieftain of her tribe. …

I like your face

Let me set the scene for you. A mother is shopping with her young son, who by the looks of him can’t be much older than four. She stands in an …

Thanksgiving: A time of hope and opportunity

As we approach the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving, I would like to share some examples of how our diocese has benefitted from some extraordinary …

God loves you and so do I

My heart is a bit heavy this Christmas. A good friend of mine Sister Claire recently passed home to God after faithfully serving Our Lord for 67 years as a religious. …

Christ with us

Oh my God! Jesus Christ! 

How many times do we hear those phrases around us — but we’re not in church? Walking across campus, or in the high school hallways, …

Time to renew our baptismal promises commitment

Recently the Church celebrated a unique feast. It is not a person we honored or asked prayers for, but rather a feast that commemorated the dedication of St. John Lateran in …

With eyes of grace

Happy Advent everyone! 

I sit here typing this from the San Jose airport after an amazing weekend at the National Conference of Catholic Youth Ministry. It was such a fantastic way …

Blest are the merciful

The Holy Year of Mercy will soon come to a close. What have you learned this past year about mercy? My hope is that it has made you more aware of God’s infinite mercy and …

Environmental justice begins with each of us

One of Pope Francis’s recurring themes in his encyclical, Laudato Sí, is that the poor suffer the most as a result of environmental degradation. He points out …

The Culture of Life begins in our hearts and our hands

Each October we observe Respect Life Month in dioceses throughout the United States. Although ending abortion remains a priority of the utmost importance, threats to the …



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