The Book of Sirach presents us with a very patriarchal view of the family. Many of our families today are not so. Sometimes a father is not even present or maybe he is, but it is the mother who is the central figure in the family. St. Paul seems to be a little more realistic…

Throughout Advent, we have been preparing the way of the Lord. At last we come to the great and joyful celebration of Christ’s birth. The solemnity of Christmas is so important that the church offers us four different sets of readings. There are beautiful divine and human experiences in those readings that relate to us….

Durante el tiempo de adviento hemos estado preparando el camino del Señor. Hoy, por fin, se ha llegado la grandiosa y alegre celebración del nacimiento de Cristo. La solemnidad de la Navidad es tan importante que la Iglesia nos ofrece cuatro conjuntos diferentes de lecturas. En ellas encontramos experiencias hermosas, humanas y divinas, con las…

El gran y alegre misterio de unión con Dios que la Virgen María experimenta en la Anunciación rebosa en ella tanto que tiene que ser compartido. La Buena Nueva que ella recibió del Ángel -que Dios vuelve a ser uno con su pueblo. – es tan grande que ella se dirige apresuradamente para anunciarlo al…

The great and joyful mystery of oneness with God that Mary experiences in the Annunciation overflows in her and must be shared. The Good News she received from the Angel, that God is once more one with his people, is so great that she hurries to announce it to the world. Creation has been restored!…

In the first reading, Zephaniah invites us to the joy we experience when we realize that God has forgiven us and so there is nothing to fear. God is among us and will never abandon us. St. Paul takes that theme even deeper when he reminds us that especially when we are anxious, the Lord…

En la primera lectura Sofonías anuncia la alegría que experimentamos cuando nos damos cuenta que Dios nos ha perdonado y que entonces no tenemos nada que temer. Dios está con nosotros y jamás nos abandonará. San Pablo profundiza más este tema al recordarnos que especialmente en los momentos de ansiedad el Señor está cerca. Su presencia sanará nuestras…

By Fr. Hilary Fischer, MSC (Illinois Community, Aurora, IL) This happened at Lemakot Mission in New Ireland in my early years there as pastor. It was the week before Christmas and we started preparing to set up the Christmas crib. The statues for it were stored in boxes in a side sacristy that had no…

We congratulate Brs. Tadeo Camaitoga MSC (Fiji), Babetara Anetoka  MSC (Kiribati) and Fetaraisa Popese MSC (Samoa) on their first profession of vows as Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. This joyous occasion was held at Chevalier Training Centre Chapel in Wainadoi, Fiji on December 8th, which is both the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the…

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