Feast of the Holy Family | Dec 27, 2020
Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord! (Lk 2:11)

Merry Christmas! "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone" (Is 9:1). Blessings and peace upon you as we enter into this joyful season, rejoicing in Our Lord's Nativity and celebrating that God incarnate dwells among us. May He dwell abundantly in your heart and in your homes.

I will be on vacation until Jan. 15. During this time, in place of my Sunday video reflections, I will be sharing written reflections from the archives of our website. I look forward to seeing students back on campus when classes resume. Our first campus Mass of the Spring Semester will be Sunday, Jan. 24. Until then have a wonderful break and a blessed Christmas season!

In Christ,
Deacon Matt
The Feast of the Holy Family
The Sunday within the Octave of Christmas is celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It is one of the more recent feasts on the Church’s calendar, first instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 on the Sunday after Epiphany, and later moved to the Sunday after Christmas in 1969. Devotion to the Holy Family goes back much further than this, however. One can argue that the first person to be devoted to the Holy Family was Jesus Himself.

Jesus’ first human relationship after His Incarnation was with His mother. He spent nine months reposed in the tabernacle of her womb before His birth. After His birth, the first faces the Son of God looked upon with His human eyes were those of Mary and Joseph.

So it is right that we honor the Holy Family with our love and devotion, as Jesus was devoted to His parents, and as they were devoted to Him and to one another. This feast of the Holy Family reminds us that the Incarnation did not happen by God descending from heaven in a fiery chariot. Jesus did not come crashing to the earth like some meteor from outer space. Our Savior entered the world the way that all humans do. He was conceived in His mother’s womb. He was born into a family. . . .
The Holiday Season

We rightly call this time of year "the holiday season." In many ways, Christmas is a season of holy days. We take a look at them in this post from our campus ministry blog. . . read more
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