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Cardinal Wuerl’s Christmas Homily

December 25, 2017 0 Comments
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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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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The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

December 22, 2017 0 Comments
The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another. One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, […]

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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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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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The Bridegroom is Near

December 19, 2017 0 Comments
The Bridegroom is Near

Christ came at Christmas as an infant and thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery. Because the first coming has already been fulfilled, however, we can focus more on His second coming, of which the first is a sacramental reminder. Thus, during Advent, our longing and excitement are also directed to His glorious second […]

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On the Mockery of Satan

December 18, 2017 6 Comments
On the Mockery of Satan

One of the common themes in demonology is the way Satan engages in the mockery of holy things. Most widely known are the Satanic “black masses.” Satanic mockery is also widely on display on Halloween, when the eve of all hallows (all saints) becomes a parade of the ghoulish, ugly, violent, unchaste, or just plain […]

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