“Just for Today” Resolutions: the Daily Decalogue

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (formerly known as the Feast of the Circumcision), but throughout the world January 1 is better known as New Year’s Day. Many people prepare for the beginning of a new year by making a list of all the ways they will better themselves in the months to come: lose weight, give up smoking, take the dream …

Laboring and resting: “On This Day, the First of Days”

Many years ago, a wise priest taught me that an excellent way to recollect myself before the beginning of Mass is to meditate on the texts of the hymns of the day. I have followed this practice now for decades and, provided the hymns are well-written and carefully selected, find it very helpful. (At Masses where the “hymns” are poorly written songs full of dubious theology, …