To Truly Be a Christian Is Not Easy

When I was growing up, many of my friends would tell me all the time that being a Christian is easy. Because I went to public school, many of my classmates were intrigued by the fact that my family and I were practicing Catholics. My friends didn’t understand why I took my faith so seriously, especially when I was a teenager.

We Are the Light Of the World

by Father Alonzo Cox

I am blessed at my parish to have the Missionaries of Charity living in the convent next to the rectory.

Now, Master, You May Let Your Servant Go in Peace

by Father Alonzo Cox

Over the almost ten years of my priesthood, I have had the opportunity to share in the happiness and joy with parents who have announced the birth of a child. I have been blessed to see the excitement on the faces of parents when their child is born. It’s a beautiful moment to see parents hold their child for the first time, as tears of joy roll from their eyes.

Living Tabernacles in a Glorious Temple

by Father James Rodriguez

As our nascent new year of ordinary time marches on, and the glow of Christmas grows fainter, Isaiah continues to cry out in our wilderness, challenging us not to become complacent, since “anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness.” Though he prophetically looks forward, at the same time he is looking backward, speaking as one who has already seen the promise fulfilled. Such is the trust of true prophets.

God Calls Each Person by Name

As the church and world return to the ordinary time of work and life in the afterglow of Christmas, God continues to nourish and inspire through His word. Isaiah, never too far away, continues to bellow the theme that in many ways defines his prophecy-vocation. God calls each person by name to His service, so that we might find there the freedom of being His children.

The Waters of God’s Creation

Last week, the readings illustrated God’s never-ending work of bringing light into darkness. Today, we look to a different element born at creation — water.

The Light That Pierces The World’s Darkness

by Father James Rodriguez

In timeless and typically beautiful language, the Gospel of St. John tells us that “in the beginning was the Word.” The book of Genesis speaks to us of the void in which the Word existed, how before God gave shape or form to the world, there was “darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters.”

The Holy Family’s Example of Love

by Msgr. Joseph P. Calise

The preamble to Alcoholics Anonymous is a statement of who the group is and is usually read at the beginning of an AA meeting. It reads, “Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

John the Baptist’s Call to Action

By Msgr. Joseph P. Calise There are two messages in today’s readings that strike me as particularly important. One is a perennial message, and the other — although always true — is especially pertinent to Advent. Once again, John the Baptist is at the center of the Gospel. This time, however, rather than being seen […]