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Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year – A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

December 31, 2016 37 Comments
Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year – A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Last week at Christmas we celebrated an event that was both pivotal and hidden. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ were events that changed human history. It was a daring, hidden raid by the Kingdom of Light into the kingdom of darkness, an incursion behind enemy lines, into enemy territory. Only some shepherds in […]

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Love Finds a Way – As Seen in a Commercial

December 30, 2016 4 Comments
Love Finds a Way – As Seen in a Commercial

One of the more poorly translated (into English) verses of the Bible is this one: If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). This gives the impression that the commandments are an imposition on us and that we prove our love for the Lord by keeping them through our own human effort. The verse […]

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The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

December 29, 2016 2 Comments
The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

Something at Christmas urges me (a man of many words) to write of holy silence. Perhaps it is due to one of the great Christmas antiphons, which speaks of the birth of Christ as a magnum mysterium (a great mystery). During Mass recently, the words of Zechariah came to my mind: Sing and rejoice, O […]

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The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

December 28, 2016 6 Comments
The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh. All the Gospel writers (especially St. John) emphasize the reality of God present among us in a very tangible, physical way. This is a critical truth because one of the dangers is reducing our faith to a mere collection of ideas, setting aside the […]

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Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event?

December 27, 2016 5 Comments
Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event?

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear! Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why shouldn’t we be? Even though we are not told the exact hour […]

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Paradoxes of Christmas

December 26, 2016 5 Comments
Paradoxes of Christmas

In the ancient Church and up until rather recently, one genuflected at the two references to the Incarnation during the Mass: during the Creed and in the Last Gospel (John 1). Why was this done? It was explained to me that the mystery of the Incarnation is so deep, one can only fall in silent […]

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Humility Lessons from the Nativity – A Homily for Christmas

December 24, 2016 9 Comments
Humility Lessons from the Nativity – A Homily for Christmas

The Christmas Gospel from Luke provides us with many teachings. One thing that surely stands out, however, is the permeating theme of humility. Throughout the account, God confounds our prideful expectations and insists on being found in the lowest of places. The newborn Christ is not found where we expect Him to be nor does […]

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No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

December 23, 2016 1 Comment
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

The video below is a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial that takes up the theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. The star called them […]

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