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!
Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus presents to us a startlingly bold exhortation: Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. —Luke 17:33 This does not mean, of course, that we should be careless about our own lives. On the contrary; if our … More Frassati Reflection: Everything Is Grace
Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. —John … More Frassati Reflection: Sacred Spaces
Originally posted at Frassati Reflections. The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. —Wisdom … More Frassati Reflection: Memento Mori