Advent

Letter from Archbishop Chaput on the use of the new English translation of the Roman Missal

November 20, 2011 My brother priests and deacons, My brothers and sisters of the lay faithful, Next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, is an historic occasion for Catholics throughout the United States.  After forty-some years, we will celebrate Mass with a revised English translation.  This is a translation of the 2002 third edition of […]

God stirs within

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name. – Isaiah 49:15-16a I was pregnant with Chris over a winter, still teaching as my sweaters […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Advent reflections

December 12Third Sunday of Advent Readings: Is. 35:1-6a, 10; Jas. 5:7-10; Mt. 11:2-11 {{more}} Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with spanine recompense he comes to save you. – Is. 35:4 Christian joy thus springs from this certainty: God is close, He is with me, He is with us, in joy and in […]

Anticipating the Lord

By Michelle Francl-Donnay O Lord, we look to you; your name and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you. — Isaiah 26:8b-9a. I’ve been suffering from an ear worm all afternoon, five measures of music that I […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Advent reflections

December 5Second Sunday of Advent Readings: Is. 11:1-10; Rom. 15:4-9; Mt. 3:1-12 Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Advent reflections

December 19, 2010Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: Is. 7:10-14; Rom. 1:1-7; Mt 1:18-24 {{more}} Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all […]

Christ, be our light

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. – Is. 8:23a, 9:2 {{more}} In the last six weeks I’ve been half way round the world and back again. The trip was amazing. I took walks in the jungle where lizards the size […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Advent reflections

November 28First Sunday of Advent {{more}} Readings: Is. 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt. 24:37-44 “Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” – Is. 2:3 Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, […]

Toward an encounter with God incarnate

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Lift up your eyes and look. For who made the stars but He who drills them like an army calling each one by name. So mighty is His power, so great His strength, that not one fails to answer. – Isaiah 40:26 “Why does this time of year have to be so […]

Advent 2010

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