CNS

By: Mike Nelson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist comprise the lengthiest components of the Mass.
 
But neither can be fully effective — that is, capable of achieving full, conscious and active participation called for in “Sacrosanctum Concilium,” the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy — without a proper celebration of what precedes them.
 
By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
With so much of our lives concentrated on work, personal and family responsibilities, and the inevitable detours to our carefully planned calendars, the arrival of Sunday Mass can sometimes find us breathless and far from spiritually or otherwise prepared to deeply participate in the liturgy.
 
By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
\One day, Jesus was by the Sea of Galilee and began using parables to teach a huge crowd that had gathered around him.
 
By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19

Leer en Espanol

About 15 years ago, I was invited to give a talk in Santa Fe about the Mexican border. I thought about that today because the person who invited me, Bob Glazier, an old friend, died recently.

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19

Read in English

Hace 15 años un amigo, Roberto Glazier, me invitó a hacer una presentación en Santa Fe, Nuevo México, sobre la frontera mexicana. Repasé ayer el contenido en PowerPoint, porque mi amigo murió recientemente.

 

Me di cuenta de que todas las personas en la presentación vivían la tradición celebrada en Las Posadas cada Navidad. Pero, más que costumbre navideña, era su misión.

 

By: Joseph F. Kelly (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
The arrival of the Magi may be the most famous part of Matthew’s infancy narrative.
 
What are some little-known elements in both scriptural and traditional accounts of the Magi?
 
They were three kings, right? Not so. Matthew says only “Magi,” but since they brought three gifts, many Christians thought that meant there were three of them. Magi were priests of the Persian religion, so they were men of high stature but definitely not kings, part of the account piously augmented in later centuries.
 
By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19

CHILDREN’S STORY:

 

John the Baptist had been preaching in the desert.

 

He warned all who would listen that they needed to repent of their sins and be baptized so their sins would be forgiven.

 

By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19

The action on the field during a particularly exciting football game often locks spectators in its grip. With minutes to go and everything hanging in the balance, spectators hold their breath, jump up and down or even pray. The moment consumes them.

 

By: Father Graham R. Golden, O. Praem. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18

As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ's coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty.

 

The most concrete experience for many of us is a preparation for the Christmas season. This is when we celebrate and re-encounter the truth that Christ has come in history. We remember that the Messiah has come into our world and that salvation has been won.

 

By: Susan Hines-Brigger (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
 
That iconic line from the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” seems pretty off-base just a little more than a week away from Christmas, doesn’t it? Stop and look around? There’s no time for that.
 
There’s shopping and wrapping to be done. The house has to be cleaned and Christmas cards have to be mailed. Cookies need to be baked, plated up and distributed. Who’s got time to stop or slow down?
 

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