January 1: Mary, Mother of God

Today we honour Blessed Mary Ever-Virgin, Most Holy Mother of God because she is the True Theotokos – God Bearer – Dei Genitrix.Let us pray As we begin this New Year let us accompany the Mother of God in following her Son. Let us fall deeper in love with our Saviour. Today, on this Solemnity of…… Continue reading January 1: Mary, Mother of God

Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen

Why would the Church celebrate the death of a martyr the day after Christmas?Remember the old English carol Good King Wenceslaus?  St. Stephen’s charity is the reason for the songs and customs which have become the traditional way of celebrating his feast. The old English carol Good King Wenceslaus celebrates how King Wenceslaus went out on St. Stephen’s day to…… Continue reading Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen

Ave Maris Stella Illustrated with Icons

Ave Maris Stella Hail, O Star of the ocean God’s own Mother blest, ever sinless Virgin, gate of heav’nly rest.  Taking that sweet Ave, which from Gabriel came, peace confirm within us, changing Eve’s name. Break the sinners’ fetters,                                …… Continue reading Ave Maris Stella Illustrated with Icons

I Guess That Means God Is In My Feet

As David waited expectantly for my wise answer, I scrambled to think quickly but truthfully. I was preparing dinner one afternoon, when five-year old David came running up to me with a serious look on his face. He was always full of energy and mischief but he also had a delightful spirituality that was not…… Continue reading I Guess That Means God Is In My Feet

This Christmas: LET Your Children Come to Him

    But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 These words are especially poignant at Christmas time. Yes, we must teach our kids about God and prayer but often we try to control their relationship to…… Continue reading This Christmas: LET Your Children Come to Him

Born of the Light of God: The Art of Ron DiCianni

 I love Ron DiCianni’s work, especially Simeon’s Moment. DiCianni has a unique ability to capture the inner essence of the light of the Holy Spirit in a manner that is vibrant and realistic, not sentimental or sappy. His paintings evoke tangible joy in the viewer; this is a unique gift that I want to share…… Continue reading Born of the Light of God: The Art of Ron DiCianni

Baby Jesus Healed and Loved His Mother

Like all mothers of a newborn, I was tired. No, that is too mild a description;  actually I was exhausted and felt completely depleted. I sat in the dark nursing my infant, struggling to centre myself in the Lord’s presence but I could not focus.  Suddenly, an unexpected flow of heat, the fire of God’s love flowed…… Continue reading Baby Jesus Healed and Loved His Mother