Happy birthday, Blessed Mother!

From the Sept. 7-8, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

Nine months have passed since Dec. 8, when we celebrated the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (immaculate:  free of the “macula”/stain of original sin).  And so on Sept. 8 we celebrate the feast of her nativity or birth.  (This year, since Sept. 8 falls on a Sunday, the Sunday takes precedence in our liturgical calendar.)

The Church in both east and west has celebrated this feast since the 6th and 7th centuries.  We celebrate only three births liturgically:  (more…)

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Can you honor Christmas in your heart, and keep it all the year?

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Christmas, Vigil Mass: December 24, 2010
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matt 1:18-25

My brothers and sisters, Merry Christmas!

What a remarkable time of year this is! At what other time throughout the year does everyone, all at once: stop working and take time off, even a whole week or two; travel far away to visit relatives; or host relatives who came a long way to visit them; go to stores that they don’t normally go to; then what they buy they wrap up in colored paper and ribbons; go to lots of parties, including at work; and eat strange food and drink like fruitcake and eggnog?

What a time of year this is. And, in the midst of all this unusual activity, the focus is often on the children. (more…)