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A Dramatic Moment in Biblical History that Almost Everyone Missed

February 4, 2019 4 Comments
A Dramatic Moment in Biblical History that Almost Everyone Missed

Continuing our reflection on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, let’s ponder a moment that was glorious in its significance and fulfilment, yet was missed by nearly everyone. Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus to the Temple to present Him there. As they ascended the glorious steps to the Temple Mount, they were fulfilling […]

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The Churching of Women and its Relation to the Feast of the Presentation

February 3, 2019 2 Comments
The Churching of Women and its Relation to the Feast of the Presentation

On Saturday we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation. I thought it might be appropriate to describe a related liturgy of the Church that has been largely lost: The Churching of Women. To some extent it is subsumed in the modern Rite of Baptism with the blessing of the mother, but it is not what […]

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A “Rule of Life” for Prophets – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

February 2, 2019 2 Comments
A “Rule of Life” for Prophets – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

Prophets are those who speak for God. They love Him and His people. They speak the often-painful truth to God’s people not to win an argument but because of their love and their conviction that only His undiluted truth can save us in the end. People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence […]

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Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

February 1, 2019 7 Comments
Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process. The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain […]

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The Masks Are Coming Off

January 31, 2019 11 Comments
The Masks Are Coming Off

An abortion bill, similar in many respects to the horrifying bill recently passed in New York, was recently tabled by the Virginia General Assembly. It would have eliminated many of the requirements already in state law for third-trimester abortions. That it was tabled is the only good news. Most of you have already heard the […]

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God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust!

January 30, 2019 4 Comments
God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust!

One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our […]

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Of the Glory and Means of our Salvation in Christ Jesus

January 29, 2019 1 Comment
Of the Glory and Means of our Salvation in Christ Jesus

As we continue to read the Letter to the Hebrews in daily Mass, we are reminded that although the Temple liturgies were glorious and elaborate, they merely pointed to the perfect sacrifice of Christ. Let’s consider three things regarding the saving work of Christ: IT IS SURPASSING. At Tuesday’s daily Mass we read this passage: […]

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The Key Question of Every Liturgy

January 28, 2019 6 Comments
The Key Question of Every Liturgy

There is a legend that explains how the liturgy and the faith took hold in Rus (Russia): Prince Vladimir of Kiev, seeking a right worship for his people, sent representatives to look into various faiths as well as liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were […]

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