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The Mystical Role of the Angels in Baptism

February 5, 2019 1 Comment
The Mystical Role of the Angels in Baptism

In recent weeks I have been teaching a series at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. Over the next few days my posts will summarize the talks I […]

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Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2019 5 Comments
Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to reflect on not only the Lord’s Baptism but our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. […]

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Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

February 17, 2018 0 Comments
Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

On the first Sunday of Lent the readings have a baptismal theme. This makes sense, for it is common that on this day the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, who officially recognizes them as the elect of God in these final weeks before their baptism. In today’s readings there are […]

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Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!

April 22, 2012 82 Comments

There is a trend that has set up for years now, and that is that Catholics are waiting many months to get their children baptized. I suspect that what we have here is a combination of a much lower infant mortality rate and, also, a less fervent practice of the faith by many. Further, there […]

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Don’t build a bridge over troubled waters! Wade on in! A Meditation on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

January 8, 2012 0 Comments

Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will […]

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What Does It Mean to Be Baptized With the Holy Spirit?

December 4, 2011 26 Comments

In the final lines of yesterday’s Gospel, John the Baptist says, I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:8). Matthew and Luke add: and with fire. We ought to consider, What does it mean to be baptized with the Holy Spirit (and with fire)? In the first […]

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Sign Me "Off" For the Christian Jubilee: On the Disturbing trend of "De-Baptisms" in Europe

January 11, 2011 76 Comments

There’s an old song that says, Sign me up for the Christian Jubilee! Write my name on the roll!….I want to be ready when Jesus comes!  But, tragically there are some in Europe who are formally renouncing their faith through a process they call “de-baptism.” In effect they write to the parish where they were […]

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The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism: A Meditation on the Baptism of the Lord.

January 8, 2011 25 Comments

Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will […]

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