Pope Francis accepts an icon of the Holy Family from Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette, Kafr El-Sheikh, and Bararya, all in Egypt, before a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 15, 2015. There is perhaps no better exemplar for the Christian life than the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. CNS photo/Paul Haring
There is perhaps no better exemplar for the Christian life than the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. While each is celebrated, commemorated and honored in unique ways throughout the church year, the Sunday following Christmas is generally observed as a feast in honor of the whole family. More ... Monday, December 5, 2016
The Christmas story is vibrant and fast-moving, replete with vivid images of angels celebrating an infant's birth and shepherds going "in haste" to find this newborn child, astonished to discover him "lying in the manger" (Lk 2:16). More ... Friday, November 25, 2016
God is not reluctant to astonish people, it is said. That is a good thing, even when astonishing news briefly causes people to feel startled or confused -- amazed by one of life's unexpected developments.
God is not reluctant to astonish people, it is said. That is a good thing, even when astonishing news briefly causes people to feel startled or confused -- amazed by one of life's unexpected developments. More ... Friday, November 11, 2016
It is not mysterious at all that the church lodges an annual day of joy in the heart of Advent. The tone of this December day, called Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits.
Advent is a time for serious reflection on our lives as disciples of Jesus, whose return we are called not simply to expect but to prepare for -- with great care as well as great joy. More ... Friday, October 28, 2016
Since its fourth-century origins in Western Europe, the season of Advent has undergone various configurations, purposes and focuses depending on who was celebrating it, where, how and why. More ... Friday, October 21, 2016
The Christian community's long tradition of providing hands-on care for the sick continues in today's complicated, ever-changing universe of medicine. It is a tradition rooted in very early church history. More ... Friday, October 14, 2016
Almost as soon as anyone begins to explore Christian heritage, he or she invariably runs across references to "the Fathers of the Church" or "early Church Fathers." One gets the clear impression that whoever they are, these people are important!
Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic writers all tip their hats to them. Popes and councils constantly quote them. More ... Friday, October 7, 2016
In recent years, some have charged that the role of women in the early church was glossed over or, even worse, deliberately suppressed. The best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" is a case in point. More ... Friday, September 30, 2016