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.

A familia comfort from Our Lady of Guadalupe

Growing up in East Los Angeles, graffiti was always a big issue. Gang members would define their territories by scrawling their names or that of their gang on the sides of buildings. Some families in the neighborhood had a bucket of paint on hand to cover graffiti on their wall or fence.

‘Queen of people’s hearts’: Our Lady of Guadalupe

“Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico, Empress of the Americas.” This grand title, found on traditional banners celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe, highlights her widespread impact throughout this continent.

Advent week two: Reading the Advent season through nature

Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled — God’s promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, “God with us.”

Advent week one: Three Advent traditions to slow you down

Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming. It’s a time to take stock of what’s important in our lives, casting away extra commitments and wasted energy we’ve added throughout the year.