I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Just tell me what I need to know, and I’m good to go; show me what I need to do, and I’ll get it done. Tell me simple truths, and I’ll let them sink into my heart.
The Nativity of Mary celebrates both Mary as uniquely ordinary and her birth as a complete shift in history. Depictions of this moment are not generally flanked with adoring kings and heralding angels like the birth of her son would see. Rather, her birth is one adorned in the silence and veil of the ordinariness of life.
Here’s a tip for any students you know who want to do well in school: Keep the third commandment. Tell them to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
During Mass recently, I was struck during the psalm response taken from Psalm 34, “taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report had just been released recording the many abuses in the Catholic Church and I was far from tasting and seeing the goodness of the Lord.
St. Rose was born Isabel de Oliva, to a wealthy Peruvian family in 1586. She was said to be an extremely beautiful child and earned the nickname “Rose” for her beauty and delicate nature.