Msgr. Aloysius F. Coogan

Msgr. Aloysius F. Coogan was an American priest ordained in 1931 who ministered in New York. For 25 years, he was a writer for the Catholic News, a New York Archdiocesan periodical. He died in 1967. He is the author of Spiritual Steps to Christmas, republished by TAN Books in 2022.

Prcanj,,Montenegro,-,June,,08:,Nativity,Scene,,Stained,Glass,Window

A Child is Born

The message of Christmas is the greatest story ever told: “a Child is born to us, and a son is given to us” (Isaiah 9:6).  And that Child is God, born of Mary ever-virgin, a maiden espoused to a man named Joseph, the humble carpenter of Nazareth. The glory of the universe has come unto…

The,Annunciation,,By,Botticelli,,1485-92,,Italian,Renaissance,Painting,,Tempera,,Gold

The Fourth Week of Advent: The Silent Invitation  

This story of the Annunciation is related not a one-time occurrence in human history, but repeats many times throughout the ages. Indeed, it happens as often as a new rational soul is conceived. In the life of every man and woman born into the world there is an annunciation of the angel of God. Rather,…

Rome,,Italy,-,March,26,,2015:,The,Paint,Of,Visitation

The Third of Week of Advent: Gaudete!

The first word of the Mass of Gaudete Sunday, read in every Catholic church this morning, sounds the keynote of our faith. It is the Latin word, gaudete, which, being translated, means rejoice. It is a striking paradox that the religion of the cross is at one and the same time the religion of joy.…

Rome,,Italy,-,August,29,,2021:,The,Painting,Adoration,Of

The Second Week of Advent: Prayer Means Progress

 “When John had heard in prison the words of Christ, sending two of his disciples he said to him: Art thou he that is to come, or look we for another? And Jesus answering said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the…

Turin,,Italy,-,March,13,,2017:,The,Detail,Of,Painting

The Beginning of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

The Catholic Church is the most interesting institution in the world. Like her Founder, she is both human and divine. She is human because her members are of human origin; she is divine because Christ, the Head of these members, is divine. The Catholic Church is the greatest storyteller in the world. She is the…