Speak to Me Lord, Dec. 30, 2018: Look to the family

No family is perfect. But every family, however weak or broken, has dignity.

Take up acts of service this Christmas season

The Christmas season is wonderful, but it sometimes induces a measure of guilt.

Christ’s birth brings hope to a broken world

No one can offer you more hope than Jesus Christ. In a world broken by sin, this season of hope we call Advent calls each one of us to turn our eyes to the stable in Bethlehem where our Savior took on flesh and became one of us, to show us the way of forgiveness and love.

Take heart! God is with us!

Perhaps it’s the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with “Celebrate the season!”

A closer look at the Nativity story in Luke’s Gospel

Christmas is a major feast day, yet it is based upon small passages in two Gospels.

Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message

We know what kind of person the infant Jesus born on the first Christmas would be in adult life: someone known for drawing near to others and walking with them in their actual lives.

Advent week four: Making John the Baptist’s acquaintance in Advent

What do you think the John the Baptist of real time 2,000 years ago looked like and sounded like? I’m talking about the fascinating desert preacher who makes a fresh appearance in Christian communities during the Advent season leading to Christmas.

Advent week four: Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty

As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ’s coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty.

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That iconic line from the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” seems pretty off-base just a little more than a week away from Christmas, doesn’t it? Stop and look around? There’s no time for that.

Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas.