On the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Tony Cutcher brilliantly breaks down the information and motivations possessed by all of the characters in the Nativity story. Using this as a springboard for self-reflection, he asks: "Are we motivated to find out where Jesus is? When we have this information, are we motivated to use it to keep Christ out of our life so that we can continue to do exactly what we want to do without any interference from morality and Jesus and all of the stuff that comes with that?...We should be like the kings, motivated to spread the word, motivated to move into the lives of the people around us who need us...This is what an encounter with the Christ-child does for the kings."
"If you don't look up, you'll never see the star," says Fr. Joseph Kindel while reflecting on the extraordinary story of Christ's birth. He subsequently asks: "Is our focus in everyday life on the ordinary?...Or do we take some time to spiritually look up? What's this life all about anyway?...Don't we say that at every single Mass? Lift up your hearts! That's: lift up your spiritual self, to look at things on high (not just things on the earth)."
All are called to Christ. As he describes all the characters drawn to Christ at his birth, Fr. Deepak D'Souza reflects on his own calling to the priesthood and the calling unique to each person. He says: "Let us trust in him. I am sure, whatever we are, he will make our lives beautiful."
Reflecting on the title Mother of God, Fr. Joseph Kindel explores Mary's profound role in salvation history. He says: "Our whole salvation depended on her saying 'Let it be done to me according to Your word.'"
Why do Catholics refer to Mary as the Mother of God? Fr. Deepak D'Souza addresses this ancient title for the Mother of Jesus as he honors her on this Solemnity. He says: "By calling her Mother of God...it only makes us recognize that she gave birth to Jesus, who is a divine child, who is Son of God, who is God Himself, who had both human and divine natures in its fullness."
Would you describe your family life as holy? How about healthy? Sharing excerpts from Pope Francis' The Joy Of Love, Fr. Joseph Kindel offers some suggestions for how to have holier, healthier, stronger, more loving families.
As the age-old saying goes, the family that prays together stays together. On the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Deepak D'Souza considers what it means for us all to be united as "one family" in Christ.
In his Christmas Day homily, Fr. Tony Cutcher discusses the significance of Christ being born in Bethlehem, a name which means "house of bread." This foreshadowing of Christ's self-gift on the cross and in the Eucharist encapsulates the wonder of Christmas.
Have you ever experienced the presence of God? To celebrate Christmas is to celebrate the presence of God here on earth. Fr. Joseph Kindel explores this beautiful reality on Christmas Day 2018.
Reflecting on the joy of an expectant mother’s anticipation, Fr. Tony Cutcher emphasizes the significance of the Incarnation.