2 Feb 2020

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Cycle A

Every baby is an inestimable blessing.
Mark Twain

The triumphant Christian does not fight for victory; [but rather] celebrates . . . a victory already won.
—Reginald Wallis

Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.
—Saint Francis de Sales

26 Jan 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you.
—Dorothy Day

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge . . . is itself a frightful despotism.
—George Washington

In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.
—Augustine of Hippo

19 Jan 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Lord was baptized . . . to cleanse waters, so that those waters . . . might have the power of Baptism.
—Saint Ambrose of Milan

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
–Mahatma Gandhi

12 Jan 2020

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle A

Discernment is a grace. Even though it includes reason and prudence, it goes beyond them.
—Pope Francis

Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people. . . . pardons our sins, rescues us from the powers of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children, a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit.
—Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

And the Spirit of God brooded over the waters like a dove which hovers over her young without touching them.

5 Jan 2020

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle A

We returned to our places, these Kingdoms / But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation / With an alien people clutching their gods.
—T. S. Eliot, Journey of the Magi

God does not reserve his love for a privileged few, but offers it to all.
—Pope Francis

The Magi . . . perceived one thing with the eyes of their bodies but another with the eyes of the mind.

Has it ever occurred to you that neither Herod nor his scribes could see the star the Magi saw? Otherwise they might have followed it themselves. . . . only the Magi could see the star and that was because they were visionaries, men who believed in the possibility of the impossible.
—Anne Porter, The Ticket

1 Jan 2020

Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Cycle A

As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.
—Saint Thomas Aquinas

If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.
—Blessed Mother Teresa

(Some of this material for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been published previously in PTW.)

29 Dec 2019

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle A

Love is something we learn; love is something we live; love grows as it is forged by the concrete situations which each particular family experiences.
—Pope Francis

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
—Jean Paul Richter

Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him.
—Pope Paul VI, homily given at Nazareth, 1964

The Holy Family is the beginning of countless other holy families.
—Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families, 1994