The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine. The world has been invited to flood social media with the sunflower, in support of Ukraine.
Today’s feast is an echo of the past Christmas season and the completion of the mystery of Jesus – born, revealed to Israel, manifested to the nations – is now encountered by the Church in the person of Simeon. In his prophecy Simeon both tells of the “light of revelation” and the sword that will pierce Mary’s heart. We know that Christ’s death will not overshadow the brightness of his light. We live the eternal spring – the new life that is Christ. Through his light, we can help dispel the darkness in this world.
Celebrated Feb. 2, World Day for Consecrated Life is an opportunity to celebrate the gift of consecrated life and pray for men and women discerning a consecrated vocation with the global Catholic Church.
Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (Irish: Naomh Bríd; Latin: Brigida; c. 451 – 525) is the patroness saint (or ‘mother saint’) of Ireland, and one of its three national saints along with Patrick and Columba. According to medieval Irish hagiographies, she was an abbess who founded several convents of nuns, most notably that of Kildare, which was one of the most important in Ireland. There are few historical facts about her, and early hagiographies are mainly anecdotes and miracle tales, some of which are rooted in pagan folklore. The saint shares her name with a Celtic goddess. She is patroness of many things, including poetry, learning, healing, protection, blacksmithing, livestock and dairy production. Brigid’s feast day is 1 February, which was originally a festival marking the beginning of spring. From 2023 it will be a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, the first named after a woman.
I recently became enamored with a recently released movie, “News of the World.” It stars Tom Hanks, and is the story of a man who goes around Texas, immediately after the time of the Civil War, and reads the news of the world to Texans. The story is good in itself; however, he ends up in Castroville, and finally in San Antonio. It’s a wonderful depiction of San Antonio and Texas in the time that our first Sisters came to San Antonio. I highly recommend it.
The Holy Innocents are the children of Bethlehem, murdered because a jealous king was threatened.
The Christmas novena, as it is now known, begins on December 16, nine days before Christmas, and ends on Christmas Eve. The novena is a lovely Advent tradition, originating in Turin, Italy in 1721 and continues to prepare hearts for the coming of Christ through the prophecies, psalms and Gospels.
God comes to us through people, moving them to act on God’s behalf. One such person was Juan Diego who played a very significant part in bringing the Good News of the Gospel to the peoples of Mexico.
We honor and give praise to Mary, conceived without sin, for her “YES” and pray for the grace to bear Christ to the world as she did.