The Lord delivers many graces on a Christmas Sunday.
But, alas, we do lose Holy Family Sunday in such years. If you yearn for a Holy Family sermon from the archive, you may click a link…
Fr. M.D.W. Holy Family homily 2008 and 2009.
…Speaking of talks from December ’08:
Did you know that the Vatican obelisk in St. Peter’s Square functions as the gnomon of an annual sundial?
At noon, the shadow of the obelisk falls on a granite meridian. Discs mark points along the stone line. The shadow falls on the disc farthest from the obelisk on the winter solstice; it falls on a disc near the base on the summer solstice. Discs in between mark the points at which the sun enters the various signs of the zodiac.