Nazareth is a kind of school…

Nazareth is a kind of school…

  …where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his gospel.   It’s the mystery inherent in those quiet years of Jesus’ childhood that for me, makes this statement so intriguing. Oh, to know what was going on in that house from day to day. (In Nazareth) we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate Him. What were the conditions and circumstances that “surrounded and affected His life on earth?” Here, everything speaks to us, everything has meaning. Here we can learn the importance of spiritual discipline for all who wish to follow Christ.   As Pope Paul VI...

What is a Family?

What is a Family?

  On this the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, father said in Mass this morning that from the beginning, there’s always been trouble for the family. For Jesus, the moment He was born, He was threatened with death. Joseph, the great guardian of the Holy Family, fled to Egypt after the Lord appeared to him in a dream revealing Herod’s wicked plan. The enemy hates families, especially ones intent on living out a life of obedience to God– to the best of their ability. Here’s why he hates the domestic church so much:   The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and an image of the communion of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children, it reflects the...

Modern Day Tyranny

Modern Day Tyranny

  It’s always children who are the first victims of tyranny. —Caryll Houselander Today, on the feast of the Holy Innocents, we commemorate those precious male children who were slain by King Herod because he was threatened by the birth of a baby whom he had heard from the wise men, was born to be a King.   Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king? He does not come to drive you out, but to conquer the devil. But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage, and to destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.   —Office of Readings, from a sermon by St Quodvultdeus, bishop   In dying at the hand of that tyrant, those children witnessed for...

From Swaddling Clothes to Burial Cloths

From Swaddling Clothes to Burial Cloths

  When my children were infants, I was instructed to swaddle the baby only on the night we returned home from the hospital. Things have changed in twenty some odd years. Today, new parents (my son and daughter-in-law), are instructed to swaddle the baby until….he doesn’t like it anymore; and they say, he’ll let you know when that is. They even have special swaddling wraps now. Back in the day, I could put stuffed toys in the crib and we were told to alternate the baby from side to side with each nap. No sleeping on the stomach or the back, just side to side. Not that either of mine slept much as infants, but that’s another story. Now days…No toys in the crib, or baby blankies; they nap on their back in the day, and are swaddled...

A Brutal Reminder