Christmas Day

by Cynthia Reeg Today the angels Breathed a sigh And sang a heav’nly Lullaby. Today the shepherds Knelt in joy Beside the cradle Of the boy. Today the mother Shed a tear Of love and hope for Her sweet dear. Today the father Smiled with pride Upon the babe born This Yuletide. Today the whole […]

O Those Antiphons

By K.E Keating Sometime during this Advent you will probably hear the Advent carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. This tune is French, from the 15th century. The chant the words are based on is over 1,000 years old. You may notice that each verse begins with the word “O” and then calls on Jesus […]

The Holy Name of Jesus

During the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel told Mary that “Jesus” would be her child’s name. The name of a person is a deep and meaningful thing, which often encompasses who we are as an individual. Think of a time you gave a name to something: a new pet, a special toy, a creation you made. […]

A Legend of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas was a bishop in the third century who was known for his kindness and generosity. His parents died when he was young but left him a big inheritance. St. Nicholas came from a prayerful family who took their faith very seriously. When his parents died, St. Nicholas reflected on Jesus’ words of “Give […]

The Visit of the Magi

Magi from the east saw a new star in the night sky. It was their belief that when a new star was visible, a new king had been born. So, they set out and visited King Herod. “Where is the newborn king of the Jews,” the magi asked. “We saw his star rising and have come […]