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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2017 5 Comments
The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day. […]

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The Second Coming and Its Stages

December 7, 2017 2 Comments
The Second Coming and Its Stages

During Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the Second Coming), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things! We must soberly admit our need to be ready […]

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Five Brief Advent Meditations

December 4, 2017 0 Comments
Five Brief Advent Meditations

The following are five Advent reflections that I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF form here: The Season of Advent.) Advent is witnessed by creation Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. Shadows […]

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Watch! A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2017 3 Comments
Watch! A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

The Sunday Gospel announces a critical Advent theme: While I want to comment primarily on the Reading from Isaiah, the Gospel admonition surely deserves some attention as well. Too many today hold the unbiblical idea that most if not all people are going to Heaven. For weeks now we have been reading parables in the […]

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Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

December 22, 2016 0 Comments
Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

In preparation for the coming of Christmas, we have been discussing some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings. In today’s last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture today that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come […]

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Where Will You Be When the First Trumpet Sounds? A Good Question from an Advent Hymn

December 2, 2015 3 Comments
Where Will You Be When the First Trumpet Sounds? A Good Question from an Advent Hymn

Part of the genius of the African-American spirituals is their ability to treat serious themes such as the final judgment in a creatively compelling manner that steers a middle course between unproductive fear and prideful presumption. Some of them are even playful: “I would not be a sinner. I’ll tell you the reason why. I’m […]

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Four Reasons We Need a Savior – An Advent Meditation on a Text from Isaiah

December 1, 2015 3 Comments
Four Reasons We Need a Savior – An Advent Meditation on a Text from Isaiah

The very first reading for Advent in the Office of Readings of the Breviary is a text from Isaiah Chapter 1. As such, it sounds a kind of keynote for the season, which is penitential in tone. In effect, the reading sets forth the need for a savior, as it vividly describes our sinful condition. […]

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Five Brief Advent Reflections

November 30, 2015 5 Comments
Five Brief Advent Reflections

The following are five Advent reflections I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF here: The Season of Advent.) 1. Advent is witnessed by creation – Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. The […]

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