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

December 11, 2018 9 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 consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue. Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa […]

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Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?

December 10, 2018 0 Comments
Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?

As we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate. Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer […]

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Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

December 9, 2018 1 Comment
Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

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

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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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The Most Important Things at Christmas

December 7, 2018 2 Comments
The Most Important Things at Christmas

This brief video, a Christmas commercial by Canadian Tire, needs little commentary from me. It reminds us that the most important things at Christmas aren’t things at all.

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A Shocking Loss of Faith: Reflecting on the Closing of So Many Churches

December 6, 2018 24 Comments
A Shocking Loss of Faith: Reflecting on the Closing of So Many Churches

As I walk or drive through my Capitol Hill neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., I pass by more than twenty churches (all of them Protestant) that have been closed in the past decade. Many of them are grand and prominent buildings. (Click here to see four of them.) Most of the them have been converted […]

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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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Is It as Good to Pray the Breviary from Electronic Devices as It Is from Traditional Books?

December 4, 2018 33 Comments
Is It as Good to Pray the Breviary from Electronic Devices as It Is from Traditional Books?

It is hard to overestimate the convenience of praying the Liturgy of the Hours from an online breviary. Not only are they convenient but they also help to lessen the complexities that often go with setting up the traditional book. For example, Do the psalms come from the day or the Common? Do we use […]

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