When Your Wine Glass Is Empty

December 19, 2016

  As a tumultuous 2016 quickly draws to a close—a year wrought with political vitriol, unprecedented violence between police and the citizenry, international humanitarian crises, and a shortage of hatchimals, we need our Mother more than ever. Let us turn to her in these final days of Advent and ask her to intercede on behalf of our country. Where do we get this concept of Mary as advocate and intercessor?…


Remembering and Celebrating the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2016

Today, the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception.  In case you’re one of those Catholics (like me) who used to think that this feast was about the conception of Jesus, recall that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.  This is a particularly interesting dogma as it was not formally defined until 1854, in the encyclical of Pope…


Want to Keep Christ in Christmas? Celebrate Advent!

November 28, 2016

Every year, right after Thanksgiving, Americans are in prime shopping mode.  Some of the holiday shopping has even crept into Thanksgiving Day.  It’s easy to get swept up until the materialism of the secular view of Christmas, but there are many who want to try and keep Christ as the focus of Christmas.  But how exactly can we do that?  One way, I think, is to celebrate Advent with gusto….