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Who Were the Magi?

December 28, 2017 2 Comments
Who Were the Magi?

The Gospel of Matthew says, After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem (Mat 2:1). Matthew uses the Greek term μάγοι, (magoi) and notes simply that they came from the east. Exactly what “Magi” are is debated. The Greeks of antiquity (ca. 450 […]

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Was the Star that Guided the Magi a Natural or Supernatural Occurrence?

December 27, 2017 13 Comments
Was the Star that Guided the Magi a Natural or Supernatural Occurrence?

As we continue our survey of teachings on the birth of our Lord from St. Thomas Aquinas, today we consider the mysterious star that led the Magi to Christ. In recent decades there has been a strong tendency to seek a natural explanation for this phenomenon. Some speculate that it was in fact a comet […]

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Some Questions About the Birth of Christ You May Not Have Thought to Ask

December 26, 2017 4 Comments
Some Questions About the Birth of Christ You May Not Have Thought to Ask

During Christmas week we do well to ponder certain questions about the Incarnation and birth of our Lord. The questions are taken from St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica. St. Thomas’s answers are presented in italics, while my inferior commentary appears in plain, red text. Whether Christ was born at a fitting time? (Summa Theologica III, […]

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Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event?

December 25, 2017 4 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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Cardinal Wuerl’s Christmas Homily

December 25, 2017 1 Comment
Cardinal Wuerl’s Christmas Homily

On Christmas Eve, Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the Solemn Mass of Christmas. Below is his homily. May all of you have a blessed and holy Christmas.

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A Knock at Midnight – A Homily for Christmas Mass

December 25, 2017 6 Comments
A Knock at Midnight – A Homily for Christmas Mass

In this reflection, perhaps we can consider just a single line in the Gospel, one that both challenges our love and acts as a sign of God’s humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them in the inn. I. The Scene – There is a knock at midnight. Joseph, speaking […]

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What Does It Mean to Find the Perfect Gift?

December 21, 2017 4 Comments
What Does It Mean to Find the Perfect Gift?

Jesus said many paradoxical things. For example: Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it (Mat 10:39). For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it (Mat 16:25). The basic rule of life the […]

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The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

January 7, 2017 4 Comments
The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ. In this meditation, I would like to follow these Magi in […]

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