Sharing the Word for December 22, 2021
As we approach the celebration of Jesus’ birth, the Church invites us to give thanks for God’s intervention in the affairs of humanity, to take joy in the Lord.
Sunday Soundbite for December 26, 2021
In the midst of our Christmas celebrations, today’s Gospel reminds of “the rest of the story,” which will culminate in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the birth of the Church. Along with Mary and Joseph and all who follow him, we have begun the journey.
Blessed Jacopone da Todi
Jacopone da Todi’s life changed radically when his wife died in an accident at a local tournament. Turning from his self-indulgent life, he eventually became a Franciscan friar, but life was not easy even then. Jacopone is most known for writing the beautiful hymn, “Stabat Mater,” in the later years of his life.
Day Twenty Five: A Catholic Family Advent
My daughter Riley is an animal lover. After our dog Hobbes passed away, she carried around a ceramic Yorkshire—complete with Hobbes’s old collar and leash—until we got a new puppy. Riley has great concern for all animals, including birds during the winter months.
Innovating For a Better World
As creatures made in God’s image, we have the power to create. Think of all the men and women working to create new technologies for the benefit of others.
Supreme Court sends Texas abortion case to federal appeals court
Less than a week after the Supreme Court ruled that the Texas abortion law could stay in place, the court sent back a lawsuit against the state’s abortion law to a federal appeals court, not to the District Court judge who had tried to block the law.