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

December 5, 2018 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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Creation, Too, “Longs” for the Healing That Christ Will Bring

December 3, 2018 4 Comments
Creation, Too, “Longs” for the Healing That Christ Will Bring

In the first reading for Tuesday of the first week of Advent is expressed the implicit longing of all creation for healing. Isaiah tells us of the healing that will one day come to creation when prey lie down in peace with their predators: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie […]

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Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

December 2, 2018 2 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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See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2017 3 Comments
See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

In the Gospel for this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an all-but-hidden event that changed the world. God, whose focal presence departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now […]

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Late Advent Messages from God to His People

December 20, 2017 0 Comments
Late Advent Messages from God to His People

As the end of Advent approaches, the Office of Readings features some final admonitions from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. On the one hand they console; on the other, they challenge us to remain firm. Isaiah addressed a people in exile who still awaited the first coming of the Lord. Today, these texts speak […]

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Best Advent Hymn! I Wonder If You’ve Ever Heard of It

December 17, 2017 21 Comments
Best Advent Hymn! I Wonder If You’ve Ever Heard of It

For my money, the best Advent hymn ever is Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is more widely known by the title “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth.” Sadly, it is not often sung in Catholic parishes today. Most Catholics I’ve asked have never […]

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Arise and Go Home – A Mid-Advent Reflection on What Our Savior Offers

December 14, 2017 1 Comment
Arise and Go Home – A Mid-Advent Reflection on What Our Savior Offers

The Gospel for Mass earlier this week (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 […]

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