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Jan 3 Homily Connect: Becoming Inclusive Like Jesus

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord IS 60: 1-6, EPH 3:2-3A, 5-6, MT 2:1-2 Scripture When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come […]

Dec. 31: Day by Day with Father Bill

THE SEVENTH DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS -From Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s book, Who Do You Say I Am? Daily Reflections   For us as Catholics, the heart of Christmas is the Mass. Even the name of the holiday – Christ-Mass – implies the centrality of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on this radiant feast of the Nativity […]

Dec. 30: Day by Day with Father Bill

SIXTH DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS -From Pope Francis   Dear brothers and sisters,  may the Holy Spirit today enlighten our hearts, that we may recognize in the Infant Jesus, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, the salvation given by God to each one of us, to each man and woman [and child] and […]

Dec. 29: Day by Day with Father Bill

THE FIFTH DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS -From Pope Francis   Dear brothers and sisters, today, in this world, in this humanity, is born the Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Let us pause before the Child of Bethlehem. Let us allow our hearts to be touched, let us not fear this. Let us […]

Dec 28: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS   from Elizabeth Scalia, columnist for Word on Fire When we are in need, suffering in any manner, our very first action should be toward the invisible – calling out to God, asking for help, clarity, wisdom, the strong assist. There is an internet meme floating around with a quote […]

Dec 26: In Joy & Hope with Fr. Bill

I would like to share my Christmas Homily with you. Hopefully, there is something in these words which will minister to you on these Holy Days of Christmas. If you are like me, and, in fact, like many people across our nation and world, these last nine months have presented particular challenges like none other. […]

Dec 25: Day by Day with Father Bill

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS) Enjoy this beautiful Christmas Hymn. May Jesus, God’s love made visible, touch your heart and the hearts of all whom you love with the hope, love, joy, and peace that only He can give to all of humankind, made in His Image! Merry Christmas!

Dec 24: Day by Day with Father Bill

VIGIL OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD CHRISTMAS EVE A Christmas Message from Sister Joan Chittister, OSB The very scandal of Christmas lies in the fact that it sees divinity in humanity. It’s a hard idea to swallow, after all…Only Christianity argues that the Creator has taken on the flesh and blood of creation in […]

Dec 23: Day by Day with Father Bill

WEDNESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT A Winter Twilight by Angelina Weld Grimke A silence slipping around like death, Yet chased by a whisper, a sigh, a breath; One group of trees, lean, naked and cold, Inking their cress ‘gainst a sky green-gold; One path that knows where the corn flowers were; Lonely, apart, […]

Dec 22: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT -From Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Who Do You Say I Am?: Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints. and the Answer That Is Christ We are a Church of new beginnings, and Advent powerfully reminds us of that. We have a God who loves fresh starts, who always wants […]