How difficult is human relationship! How glorious, how deeply and universally sought-after it is! Our hunger for relationship can draw out the best and the worst in us. The deepest wrestling is with one another, in relationship — be it person to person, nation to nation, or Church to Church.  

The Light will always conquer the darkness

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Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 8 (Year A) Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Darkness does indeed often cover the Earth and its people, and it is one of our own making.

Blessing is a powerful tool for hope, healing

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Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Jan. 1 (Year A) Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

What does Aaron’s blessing tell us about the nature of God?

Connecting the dots between the crib and the cross

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The Gospel stories about the birth of Jesus are not a simple retelling of the events that took place then, at the stable in Bethlehem.

Jesus’ light will take us out of darkness

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Nativity of the Lord, Dec. 25 (Year A) Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-16

Jesus is God’s response to the prayers, yearnings and hopes of human beings in all times and places.

Christmas: Emmanuel answers our plea, fulfills the promise

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On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph and the promise of the eternal God that takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin.

True faith is showing absolute trust in God

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4th Sunday of Advent, Dec. 18 (Year A) Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

When our situation is desperate and we are backed into a corner, we want to be sure that God is present and has our back. What do we ask of God for reassurance or proof?

End of the world is least of our worries

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People are forever predicting the end of the world.

Advent: Highway of holiness passes through the desert

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In his very moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words:

Signs of God are here if we choose to look

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3rd Sunday in Advent, Dec. 11 (Year A) Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10; Psalm 146; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

The danger in being a warrior prophet

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A prophet makes a vow of love, not of alienation. Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they need to be highlighted today when a lot of very sincere, committed, religious people self-define as cultural warriors, as prophets at war with secular culture.