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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, “Be still and know that I am God.” This exhortation of Psalm 46 reveals the connection between sacred silence and being in the presence of the living God. Throughout Holy Scripture the prophets reveal the necessity of reverential silence as a condition for approaching the majesty and mercy of God, and… Read more »

Sunday 19 February 2017

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Ash Wednesday falls this year on 1 March, and so the beginning of Lent is less than three weeks away. Now is the time to prepare to keep a holy Lent by deciding on a path to a more intense and intentional following of the Lord Jesus in the Way of… Read more »

Sunday 12 February 2017

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, I was only six years old in 1968, so my memories of that momentous year are dim and mostly about life in the first grade. But in that year, it seemed to many that the United States of America was coming apart at the seams. Riots in more than 100 cities… Read more »

Sunday 5 February 2017

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas was forty days ago this Thursday, and that is why 2 February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. According to Chapter 12 of Leviticus, every Jewish woman who gave birth required a ritual purification from her flow of blood, and a sacrifice was to be offered to… Read more »

Sunday 29 January 2017

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, On Wednesday of this week the Church will keep the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, and on Thursday we will celebrate the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops. These twin liturgical observances bring into bright relief two essential truths of the Gospel: friendship with the Lord… Read more »

Sunday 22 January 2017

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The glories of Christmastide are now behind us, and the rigors of the 40 Days don’t arrive until Ash Wednesday which falls this year on 1 March. That gives us six weeks before Lent to live in the Thirty-Four Weeks of the Year, so-called Ordinary Time, when the Church is clothed… Read more »

Sunday 15 January 2017

The Epiphany of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ, The Solemnity of the Epiphany is one of the richest feasts in the Christian liturgy, and for this reason, it is also among the most misunderstood. The Greek word which we translate epiphany simply means “appearance” or “manifestation”, and in the Western liturgical tradition the Epiphany is linked most strongly to… Read more »

Sunday 8 January 2017

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Dear Friends in Christ, Eight days ago we celebrated the Birth of Jesus Christ, and we read in the Gospel of St Luke that “When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2.21) Today is, therefore,… Read more »

Sunday 1 January 2017

The Nativity of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas is not just one day on the calendar; Christmas is an entire season of the Church’s liturgical year. The season of Christmas Time or Christmastide begins with Vespers on Christmas Eve and ends with Vespers on the Feast of the Baptism the Lord, this year on Monday 9 January. And… Read more »

Sunday 25 December 2016