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A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers

December 4, 2016 0 Comments
A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers

The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the Second Week of Advent) is the well-known story of the paralytic. There are many wonderful details that I could discuss (e.g., the four friends who bring him to Jesus—talk about great friends!), but I’d like to focus today on Jesus’ command: “Rise, take up your stretcher, and […]

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A Prophet Who Prepares

December 3, 2016 0 Comments
A Prophet Who Prepares

The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah, of whom it was said, See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the […]

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The Most Important Things at Christmas

December 2, 2016 0 Comments
The Most Important Things at Christmas

This brief video, a Christmas commercial by Canadian Tire, needs little commentary from me. It reminds us that the most important things at Christmas aren’t things at all.

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On the Necessity of Prayer

December 1, 2016 1 Comment
On the Necessity of Prayer

To say that something is “necessary” is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne- (not) + cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something […]

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Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!”

November 30, 2016 1 Comment
Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!”

One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are […]

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The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces

November 29, 2016 2 Comments
The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces

The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant and thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery. Yet since the first coming of Christ has certainly already been fulfilled, we now focus more on His second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder. Thus, in Advent, our longing and excitement […]

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A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

November 28, 2016 12 Comments
A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

The old Roman Ritual (published in 1946) is a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It has some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. Along with the blessings of expected objects (e.g., statues, religious medals) are blessings, often elaborately laid out, for […]

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Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh

November 27, 2016 1 Comment
Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh

As Catholics, we open Advent with the New Testament. We read its earliest pages, and the light shows brighter than ever as one covenant passes on and the New Covenant begins. The Groom has found his Bride. Catholics reverence the whole of the Scriptures and refuse Marcionism, a heresy that (among other things) rejected the […]

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