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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 25 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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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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A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

December 1, 2018 1 Comment
A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

As we begin the Advent Season, we are immediately drawn into its principal theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. His first coming has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem, and while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more […]

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Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

November 30, 2018 4 Comments
Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

It may seem odd to say, “Let God find you.” After all, God knows just where we are. But there is something very respectful about a God who, as Jesus says in the Book of Revelation, stands at the door and knocks. Even back in the Garden of Eden, as sinful Adam and Eve hid, […]

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