Stars and Dreams


By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

The word Epiphany comes from the Greek epiphainein, ‘to reveal.’ We use it – and its cousin, Theophany – on Sunday to describe the showing of the Messiah to the Gentiles.

It’s an important celebration, as God came not just to the Jewish community but to the whole world. Continue Reading

Seeing the Light

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Recently I met a woman who said, “I understand the season of Advent, I surely understand Christmas, but I do not get the feast of the Epiphany.”

We talked a bit about the meaning of King Herod,  panicky at the thought of a new king who would take his power, and the 3 wise men seeking a new king to pay him homage.

As we parted she said, “I still don’t understood why it is so important. But I’ll pray about it.” Continue Reading

Epiphany: Christ's Light in the World

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

I remember  being on the bus, January 5, returning to school after a Christmas holiday with my family. It struck me as I opened my diary that the following day was Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. “Surely school would not be opening after the Christmas break, on the Feast of the Epiphany,” I reasoned. (I am sure my concern did not reflect the meaning of the feast but rather on not having school.) “The Sisters would surely not hold school on such an important feast day … second only to Christmas, Epiphany is regarded by some as even more important than Christmas.”

A check with my friend’s calendar, however, assured me that indeed, sadly, we would have school on January 6. Continue Reading


By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

“And behold a star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star.”  (Mt 2:1-12) Continue Reading

God's Gifts Found in Daily Life

By Sister Susan Hutchens, OSB

Happy Feast of the Epiphany, Feast of the Three Kings, Little Christmas, Feast of the Star! Though this feast previously fell on January 6, and was moved by the church some years ago to a Sunday, it officially ends the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Call it what you wish, we know that throughout the world this day is celebrated with many unique practices:  swimming in a frozen pond, receiving gifts under the bed, having high tea, baking cakes with trinkets inside.  In some countries it is the actual day when children receive their Christmas gifts.   Continue Reading