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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation on the Mystery of Time

December 30, 2018 5 Comments
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation on the Mystery of Time

I open our New Year’s Eve late night Mass (11:15 PM) with the observation that we begin Mass in one year and end in the next. New Year’s Eve highlights the mysterious passage between years. In a way I suppose it is no more mysterious than the passage from Thursday to Friday or from 10:00 […]

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A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 29, 2018 4 Comments
A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes some sense. It is a bit odd to read, a mere five days after celebrating Jesus’ birth, […]

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Who Is This King of Glory?

December 28, 2018 0 Comments
Who Is This King of Glory?

At Christmas, we ponder the fact that we are now able to see God in human terms. By taking to Himself a human nature, God made His divine attributes visible in human form. The video below shows different images of Christ as well some of the many names/titles by which He is known.  

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Stairway to Heaven: A Whimsical Look at a 1970s Song

December 27, 2018 19 Comments
Stairway to Heaven: A Whimsical Look at a 1970s Song

In the Office of Readings for December 26th (Feast of St. Stephen, Martyr) there is a meditation by Saint Fulgentius of Respe describing love and forgiveness as the way by which the heavens were opened for St. Stephen. Saint Fulgentius commends the forgiving love of St. Stephen for his enemies and calls love a stairway […]

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Paradoxes of Christmas

December 26, 2018 6 Comments
Paradoxes of Christmas

In the ancient Church and up until rather recently, one genuflected at the two references to the Incarnation during the Mass: during the Creed and in the Last Gospel (John 1). Why was this done? It was explained to me that the mystery of the Incarnation is so deep, one can only fall in silent […]

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I Hear Music in the Air – A Homily For Christmas Midnight

December 24, 2018 2 Comments
I Hear Music in the Air – A Homily For Christmas Midnight

The mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the highest,” and creation took it up as a song. Why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is the declaration only […]

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Why Was Christ Born of a Woman Instead of Appearing on Earth by His Own Power?

December 23, 2018 7 Comments
Why Was Christ Born of a Woman Instead of Appearing on Earth by His Own Power?

On this Christmas Eve we ponder the approaching mysteries. A question so basic that it does not occur to some to even ask is this: Why did the Lord choose to come to us through a woman, Mary, when He could have come in any manner He pleased? He could have bypassed conception, gestation, birth, […]

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A Summary of Our Salvation – A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 22, 2018 0 Comments
A Summary of Our Salvation – A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent we are close to the unfolding of the great mystery of the Word made flesh. It is easy for us to look right past it, but we do well to pause and ponder what is taught to us today about the salvation that is to unfold. One significant way […]

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