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Tuesday, December 29

St. Thomas Becket | Fritz Bauerschmidt

Thomas Becket was the kind of ambitious politician that is all too familiar to most of us; one who knows whom he needs to curry favor with and whose needs and concerns he can safely ignore. In his day, the 12th century, such ambitions were often linked to career in the Church, so Becket entered the lower ranks of the clergy, even though he did not seem to be a person of much faith.

Monday, December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents | My Catholic Life

Today’s feast presents the same evil as the Martyrdom of St. Stephen, but in an even more tragic light. Here, out of envy and hatred, Herod had countless innocent children killed in an attempt to eliminate Jesus, the newborn King.

Sunday, December 27

RRR: Monsignor Woy's Message for the Week

Welcome to our next edition of Renew, Recharge, Respond! Our staff has created this resource for you (Cathedral parishioners, school families, staff, friends, and more) to stay engaged with your faith during this time.

Sunday, December 27

Feast of the Holy Family | Ximena DeBroeck

We know from experience that families are as diverse as individuals are. From biblical times, we have seen how diverse families are, and how many challenges families face. The ancestry of Jesus, presented in the first chapter of Matthew, consists of individuals who came from all walks of life, some righteous, some sinners, some outcasts, and yet Jesus, his mother, and his earthly father, are considered a holy family… But what about the rest of us? Can our families be holy?

Saturday, December 26

Feast of Saint Stephen | Glenn Osborne

"Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen when the snow lay round about deep and crisp and even" This carol was certainly my first introduction to the Feast of St. Stephen, but I now have a cherished memory that occurred on that day.

Friday, December 25

Christmas reflection | Joe Buttarazzi

A decade or so ago, the Christmas mornings saw my wife and I waking the little ones who would then scamper to bundles awaiting them under the tree. A few more years hence and it was they who unintentionally woke us before the crack of dawn, their attempts at ninja-like stealth notwithstanding. Who could blame them for the sleepless eve? Five- to ten-year-olds stirred to near delirium by weeks of intoxicating exposure to glittery decor, a few snowflakes, fa-la-la, sugar cookies and Yankee’s pine needles and cinnamon scents can no more be corralled than wild reindeer on the night of the big show.

Thursday, December 24

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent | Mike Gabriele

Today is the conclusion of Advent, December 24. It is the last day that we prepare for the coming of Jesus, eager to celebrate tomorrow His arrival to the world—the Word made flesh. On this final day of Advent, we are called to reflect on the last prophet who pointed to the coming of the Messiah—John the Baptist.

Wednesday, December 23

RRR: Last Call for Christmas Mass Tickets!

Welcome to our next edition of Renew, Recharge, Respond! Our staff has created this resource for you (Cathedral parishioners, school families, staff, friends, and more) to stay engaged with your faith during this time.

Wednesday, December 23

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent | Chris McCullough

Today our Gospel is comprised of what Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, proclaims after being struck mute for doubting God’s ability to bring life to his long barren wife. This beautiful song of praise is part of the Church’s liturgical prayer and is said each day as part of Morning prayer.

Tuesday, December 22

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent | Nichole Feltner

Today’s Gospel reading from Luke is the beautiful song of praise that Mary offers. The Magnificat is only recorded in Luke’s retelling and is one of the ways that the author highlights the importance of women in salvation history. And, what a wonderful gift that we have these words from our Blessed Mother!