Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said … More Frassati Reflection: We Belong to Each Other
Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati loved the poor wholeheartedly. He went out into the slums of Turin to visit them each day; he did this not to assuage his conscience or to give them something from his material excess, but rather to receive them, to visit with them, to love them … More Frassati Reflection: The Odor of Sin
Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said … More Frassati Reflection: What Are You Looking For?
Started off the year with a Notre Dame bowl win over LSU, a snow day, and…an endoscopy to diagnose gastritis. Not the most enjoyable event of the year, but at least I was able to start healing. Got to see Liz’s first ultrasound in January! Celebrated an Eagles Super Bowl win! Went to a family … More Highlights of 2018
Originally published at Frassati reflections. When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and … More Frassati Reflection: Holy Innocents
Originally published at Frassati Reflections. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? —Luke 1:43 Although she did not know it, Elizabeth’s whole life had been leading up to this moment. For decades, she had lived in quiet piety in a small, ordinary village. Her whole … More Frassati Reflection: Blessed Are You
Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. Today’s saint, St. John of the Cross, is known for his writings on the “dark night of the soul.” He was a man of prayer who was intimately close to God; however, he suffered a great deal throughout his life as he attempted to reform the Carmelite order. St. John, … More Frassati Reflection: Advent and the Dark Night of the Soul
Originally published at Frassati Reflections. And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. —Isaiah 29:18 Throughout this season of Advent, amid the cold and lingering darkness, we seek out light. We surround ourselves with flickering lights that gleam amidst the night, reminders of hope and beauty even in the darkest … More Frassati Reflection: Hope in the Darkness
Originally published at Frassati Reflections. Today begins the St. Andrew Christmas Novena, also called the Christmas Anticipation Prayer. I first heard about this tradition a few years ago, and it’s a really beautiful prayer: Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin … More Frassati Reflection: At Midnight, in Bethlehem, in Piercing Cold
Originally published at Frassati Reflections. This weekend we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday, and today we honor the feast of Blessed Miguel Pro, who is known for his last words, uttered before a firing squad: “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” (“Long live Christ the King!”). As we reflect on Christ’s role as king within our own … More Frassati Reflection: ¡Viva Cristo Rey!