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Sunday, January 3

Epiphany | Kevin Ewing

“They departed for their country by another way.” As we take our first cautious steps into the new year, hopefully we do so with a sense of optimism: this time is an opportunity for purpose and promise.

Saturday, January 2

Memorial of Saints Basil and Gregory | Jason Gaarder

The reason I picked this feast day of Saints Basil and Gregory is because my favorite uncle was actually named Basil Gregory. I called him Uncle Bill and he passed away 19 years ago. Until I saw the sign-up sheet for these reflections, I had no idea that saints representing Uncle Bill’s first and last names shared the same feast day. How I wish that Uncle Bill was still alive so that I could ask him if his parents picked the first name of Basil for that very reason. I only saw Uncle Bill once or twice a year, but, whether he knew it or not, he was one of those people whose influence certainly was a dash of a fragrant spice that made a positive and lasting contribution to the recipe of who I am today.

Friday, January 1

Mary Mother of God | Nichole Feltner​

“But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” - Luke 2:19 At the Annunciation, anyone would have reasonably responded with fear about the coming months. Mary was not yet married and was told she was going to become pregnant. She has curiosity about how God will work such a wonder but she does not express worry about all of the possible situations she could have to deal with after accepting her role as Mother of God.

Thursday, December 31

Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas | Carney

“It is the last hour,” writes John in today’s first reading. And so it is! Few will shed a tear at the passing of 2020. To echo today’s psalm, let us hope and pray that we can all “sing a new song” in 2021.

Wednesday, December 30

Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas | Gillick

According to the laws of purification in the Book of Leviticus, a woman, after giving birth to a first-born son, withdrew for kind of a quarantine of purification from the loss of blood during the birth process. In today’s Gospel Joseph escorts his wife, Mary, to present her Son, Jesus, in the temple according also to the Law.

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

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.