My dear brothers and sisters, we have entered the holy season of Advent, which prepares for the great feast of Christmas. Religious feast days are grand and important, depending upon the way we prepare ourselves for them. Simply from the human standpoint, even if people often do not know exactly what they are celebrating at Christmas time, look at all the preparations they make for the feast: there is so much activity, commotion and running around, it is such a production! Everyone puts an incredible amount of energy into preparing for this feast. This is because subconsciously, at least as a tradition, Christmas is a great celebration for them. Christmas is certainly among the prominent feast days of the year. And I repeat, a feast takes on importance depending on the care we take in preparing for it.
August 15th – Feast of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary – Meditations by Father John Gregory of the Trinity, O.D.M.
July 2nd – Feast of the Magnificat and of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Her cousin Elizabeth. Extracts of Conferences of Father John Gregory on Gratitude and the Magnificat.
The Gospel is a story: the most beautiful, captivating, sublime story in the world. We should cherish it all the more because it is so closely bound to our destiny and it reveals to us the mystery of our own life. The hero of this story is God — God who came down from heaven and was made Man for love of us. During the years of His earthly life, He was seen going from town to town and village to village, climbing mountains, sailing to little islets and watering all the roads of Palestine with His sweat, in order to proclaim to one and all the Good News that He was bringing to the world. He dwelt among us like a friend with his friends, a brother among his brothers. As much and more than we, He worked, He suffered, He wept; but above all He loved… He loved even unto death!
The Eucharist is Christ, and Christ is the source of all grace. Corpus Christi is the feast of grace par excellence. The source of grace, God Himself, makes Himself the food of our souls. The transformation of souls will follow upon true devotion to the Eucharist.
Our Lord laid the foundations of His Church during His public life, and after His Resurrection He gave it the powers necessary for its mission. It was by the Holy Ghost that the Apostles were to be trained and endued with strength from on High. At Pentecost we celebrate the first manifestation of the Holy Ghost among our Lord’s disciples and the foundation of the Church itself.