Posted by Erin Butler on 12/14/2016

From December 17 through December 23, special antiphons known as the O Antiphons are chanted during the Liturgy of the Hours. As Father William Saunders explains, each of the O Antiphons refers to one of the titles of Jesus and the prophecies from Isaiah about the Messiah. During this week leading up to Christmas Eve, we will reflect on the O Antiphons and the scriptural sources that Fr. Saunders has identified.

Posted by Erin Butler on 12/14/2016

From December 17 through December 23, special antiphons known as the O Antiphons are chanted during the Liturgy of the Hours. As Father William Saunders explains, each of the O Antiphons refers to one of the titles of Jesus and the prophecies from Isaiah about the Messiah. During this week leading up to Christmas Eve, we will reflect on the O Antiphons and the scriptural sources that Fr. Saunders has identified.

Posted by Erin Butler on 12/14/2016

From December 17 through December 23, special antiphons known as the O Antiphons are chanted during the Liturgy of the Hours. As Father William Saunders explains, each of the O Antiphons refers to one of the titles of Jesus and the prophecies from Isaiah about the Messiah. During this week leading up to Christmas Eve, we will reflect on the O Antiphons and the scriptural sources that Fr. Saunders has identified.

Posted by Erin Butler on 12/13/2016

This past Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, we took a moment to celebrate the hope and joy of the coming birth of Christ during the normally penitential season of Advent. The rose-colored candle, lit for Gaudete Sunday, represents this joy. Yet, we still have a long way to go before the celebration of Christmas begins, especially during this year’s long Advent season—and we return to a final purple candle next Sunday.

Posted by Erin Butler on 12/6/2016

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is observed each year on December 8. This holy day of obligation is an important day in the liturgical calendar, and it celebrates a centuries-old doctrine that was officially defined by the Church in 1854. Even though it is so important, there is still often misunderstanding about this holy day.

Posted by Erin Butler on 11/28/2016

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Posted by Erin Butler on 11/25/2016

November is Black Catholic History Month, during which we give special recognition to the contributions of Catholics of African descent. Northern Africa had great importance of the early Church, and some of our most well-known saints, including St. Augustine, St. Monica, St. Martin de Porres, St. Felicity, and St. Perpetua, were African or of African descent. Despite the importance of black Catholics throughout Church history, however, African American Catholics have faced discrimination and hardship.

Posted by Erin Butler on 11/18/2016

As National Bible Week draws to a close, it is important for us to remember that, as Christians, we should always be seeking to encounter God through the Scriptures. As we proclaim and practice the Good News, it is essential to have a solid foundation of what God is telling us through His Word. Daily Scripture reading is a good habit to develop, whether it is the daily Mass readings or a randomly chosen Bible passage.

Posted by Erin Butler on 11/8/2016

Today, the final day of our novena, is the International Day for Tolerance. Tolerance for others who think or act differently than we do is certainly an important step toward living in peace with one another. As we continue to heal from any spiritual ills we have endured, tolerance is a good thing to strive for.

It is not, however, a stopping point. More than simply tolerating one another, we are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is a goal for which we must never stop working.

Posted by Erin Butler on 11/8/2016

One of the hardest things in life can be standing with (or, even more so, standing up for) those with whom we fiercely disagree. Yet Jesus said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Disagreeing with a person does not make your opponent any less human. Even if someone is severely misguided or malicious in their opinions and actions, that person is still a human being and a child of God. As Catholics, we believe that, by God’s grace, redemption is possible for such a person.

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