Hail, full of grace!

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Hail, full of grace!  What kind of greeting was that? The angel Gabriel didn’t call Mary by name—at least not at first. Instead, he called her “full of grace,” kecharitomene in Greek. And this unusual title left...

Streams will burst forth in the desert.

2ND WEEK OF ADVENT Streams will burst forth in the desert. Have you ever been really thirsty? Perhaps you drained your water bottle during a long hike and found nowhere to refill it. Or maybe a violent storm cut off the water supply to your home. Whatever the problem,...

On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book.

1ST WEEK OF ADVENT On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book. Picture yourself as a first-century resident of Bethlehem. You’ve heard some amazing gossip lately about the promised Messiah. People are saying that a child has been born in your town, and that...

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