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Five Themes in Isaiah's Prophecies of Christ's Birth

First, there’s a sense of something wholly new. “See, I’m doing something new. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” So Isaiah 43:19 declares. Isaiah trembles with excitement at the sense of something wholly new and unexpected. The e...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 20, 2016

A Reflection on Saint Luke's Infancy Narrative

Angel Appearing to Zacharias, Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1490.St. Luke devotes the first two chapters of his Gospel to events in the infancy of Christ. Luke's infancy narratives consider six episodes structured in pairs about the early lives of John...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 19, 2016

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016, Year A

Joseph and Mary arrive at the inn. 14th century illuminationFr. Thomas J. Lane S.T.D.Associate Professor of Sacred ScriptureMt. St. Mary's SeminaryEmmitsburg, MD(Click here for today’s readings)We are all busy preparing for Christmas. A lot of prep...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 16, 2016

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016, Year A

St. Joseph’s Dream, illuminated manuscript, T’oros Roslin, c. 1260.Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)Nazareth was one of the most insignificant villages in Judah. When Jesus was first assembling Hi...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 11, 2016

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2016, Year A (Gaudete Sunday)

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Director, La Salette ShrineEnfield, NH(Click here for today’s readings)We are in Cycle A of the Sunday readings, in which the majority of the Gospel readings are from Matthew. In a few weeks we will be reading his account o...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 9, 2016

The Jesse Tree

Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition dating from medieval times. They are used to tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Birth of Christ. Depictions of the Tree of Jesse are based upon the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1-2:But a shoot sha...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Dec 4, 2016

Fr. Irvin's Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 11, 2016, Year C

Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)Is there a more familiar parable of Jesus than this one? Hardly! You know it well with the younger son treating his father as if he were dead and demanding his share o...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Sep 5, 2016

Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 11, 2016, Year C

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, ConnecticutThe Return of the Prodigal Son,Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1667/1670.(Click here for today’s readings)Let’s make one thing perfectly clear.
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Sep 4, 2016

Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 4, 2016, Year C

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings) About 3,350 years ago an Egyptian Pharaoh named Akhenaten decided to make worship of the Sun God the only...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Aug 28, 2016

Fr. Butler's Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 28, 2016, Year C

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings)I lived a total of twenty-three years outside of the USA, mostly in an international community of Europeans,...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Aug 22, 2016

Fr. Butler's Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 21, 2016, Year C

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings)Often enough in families people can feel they are taken for granted. They do so much, and others don’t see...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Aug 19, 2016

[Update] Satanist Behind 'Black Mass' on Desecration of Virgin Mary Statue: "Part of Our Religion is to Have Our God Attack Other Gods"

Warning: The following is truly stomach turning. In April, we told you that a Satanic group is set to verse a "black mass" at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall this August. Now, the satanist behind it claims the event is meant to be educ...
by BIG C CATHOLICS on Aug 16, 2016

Gun Laws Are Not The Cure ~ This Insanity Only Stops When Humanity Becomes Sane!

 In Texas another mass shooting. In the Middle East how long before another car bomb or hostage taking kills more people? Canada, Britain, Israel, Cambodia, the Philippines... this is a world wide insanity. But there is a cure and here are three...


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