Category: Christmastide 2017

Adoring the Silence of the Word

Mother Mectilde de Bar (1614-1698) belongs to the family of great mystics who, like Saint John of the Cross, are content to remain in darkness,...

The Passion of the Infant Christ

The Child in Egypt The name Egypt occurs three times in today’s gospel. “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Mt...

Innocence Restored

For the Feast of the Holy Innocents Those for whom I wrote and prayed this prayer will understand it. Many people suffer well into adulthood...

Wreathe the Door of Thy Heart

December 26 Saint Stephen the Protomartyr The painting is by Blessed Fra Angelico (1400-1455). Blessed Fra Angelico’s paintings are theological; they are a holy preaching...

The grace of the mystery is not past

Mother Mectilde de Bar (1614-1698) gave this Chapter conference on 17 December 1671. I share it for those who may be looking for a text...