Commanding Presence

After 100 years of construction and the blessing of the recently finished ‘Trinity Dome’ on December 8, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC is now complete. Walking in, one is at once struck by the towering mosaic of Christ in the north apse. One of the largest mosaics … Continue reading Commanding Presence

The Graciousness of Mary

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of the Assumption 2017 An everyday steward is called to be gracious. I read once that to be a gracious person meant to walk softly, speak with intent, and to leave those you have met feeling that their lives were better that day because they encountered you. What … Continue reading The Graciousness of Mary

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

From Everyday Stewardship Advent 2016 12 December 2016   On December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared to a simple Aztec Indian who had converted to the Catholic faith, Juan Diego. Three days later, at Juan Diego’s request, Mary provided a sign so the local bishop would believe that she actually had appeared. Roses grew out … Continue reading FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Instruments of Joy

Today is a great day! This year the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary falls on the first Friday of October, which is also World Smile Day. The two have nothing to do with one another? I think you are mistaken. Tradition holds that in the early 13th century, Our Lady appeared to St. … Continue reading Instruments of Joy

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Feast of the Assumption. Although it is not a holy day of obligation for Catholics in the US, it is still a very important day in the life of the Church. Feasts dedicated to Mary say more about her son, Jesus, than herself. I would love to share with you Scott Hahn's … Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary