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Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

The John Lewis Christmas commercial shown below has a surprise ending. We are led through a traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas, but there’s a twist at the end. You may wish to watch the ad before continuing, lest my comments ruin the surprise. As I watched the commercial, I […]

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A Humorous Call to Confession

December 13, 2018 0 Comments
A Humorous Call to Confession

Sometimes our pets teach us a lot about ourselves. The video below shows various dogs resisting the taking of a bath. Some hide; some go limp and become passive; others get feisty. I see here a similarity with Catholics when they hear that it is time for Confession. Advent is an important time to go […]

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Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

December 12, 2018 3 Comments
Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

In preparation for the coming of Christmas, we have been discussing some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings. In this last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come of […]

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Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

December 11, 2018 16 Comments
Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue. Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa […]

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Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?

December 10, 2018 0 Comments
Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?

As we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate. Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer […]

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Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

December 9, 2018 1 Comment
Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s […]

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I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2018 3 Comments
I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

But who may abide the day of his coming and who shall stand when he appeareth? This is the cry that goes up from the final pages of the Old Testament (Mal 3:2). The Lord himself gives the answer: See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the […]

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The Most Important Things at Christmas

December 7, 2018 2 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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