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Walking Toward the Light in Advent

December 10, 2017 1 Comment
Walking Toward the Light in Advent

Many people think of Advent merely in terms of pre-Christmas activities: office parties, shopping, decorating, and so forth. In the Church, though, Advent is something of a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the Christmas Feast and the Second Coming of the Lord. The purple vestments represent penance. The faithful are encouraged to […]

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Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

December 6, 2017 1 Comment
Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, […]

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Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

December 5, 2017 3 Comments
Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

As we look toward Christmas and ponder the incarnation, we ought to remember that so profound was truth of the incarnation that the early Church fell to her knees at these words: “and He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, from the virgin Mary, and became man.” This act of falling to one’s knees at […]

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Five Brief Advent Meditations

December 4, 2017 0 Comments
Five Brief Advent Meditations

The following are five Advent reflections that I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF form here: The Season of Advent.) Advent is witnessed by creation Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. Shadows […]

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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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Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

December 22, 2016 0 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 today’s last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture today that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come […]

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

December 21, 2016 39 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 wonder why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue. Regarding the question of whether Christ would have come if Adam had not sinned, St. […]

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Four Arguments for the Fittingness of the Incarnation According to St. Thomas Aquinas

December 18, 2016 3 Comments
Four Arguments for the Fittingness of the Incarnation According to St. Thomas Aquinas

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

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