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Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 15, 2015 1 Comment
Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel today, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist (John 6). Many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood. But Jesus does not back down for a […]

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A Word By Word Translation and Study of the Latin Hymns Used at Benediction

July 18, 2013 24 Comments
A Word By Word Translation and Study of the Latin Hymns Used at Benediction

I sometimes get requests for help in understanding the Latin texts of the very familiar hymns for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. The O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, though familiar to many Catholics remain only vaguely understood in terms of a word-for-word translation. Most know the poetic English renderings (“O Saving Victim Opening Wide” and “Humbly […]

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A Beautiful Summary of Eucharistic theology in an antiphon by Aquinas

January 16, 2013 19 Comments
A Beautiful Summary of Eucharistic theology in an antiphon by Aquinas

There is a great hymn, an antiphon actually, written by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Office of Corpus Christi. It is O Sacrum Convivium and it serves as a wonderful summary of Eucharistic theology that is worth our attention. With that in mind I’d like to make a brief reflection on some of its compact […]

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Dublin’s Pilgrim Walk

June 12, 2012 0 Comments
Dublin’s Pilgrim Walk

One of the unique events of this Eucharistic Congress in Dublin is the Pilgrim Walk. Noting the revival of people’sinterest in pilgrim walks, the Congress committee created the route around seven of the oldest churches in Dublin. Readers of this blog from the Archdiocese of Washington know of the annual Seven Churches Walk sponsored by […]

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50th International Eucharistic Congress.

June 10, 2012 4 Comments
50th International Eucharistic Congress.

Today, On the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church of Ireland opens its doors to the world as it hosts the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. As with the first 49 congresses, Popes have called congresses for three main reasons: promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of […]

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Doritos Don’t, But Communion Can! – A Little Eucharistic Theology in a T.V. Commercial

November 17, 2011 0 Comments

Too many people think of Holy Communion as a ritual, rather than a transformative, life giving reality. Jesus spoke clearly of how Holy Communion, the partaking of his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, would give us new life and raise us up: For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and […]

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Even Demons Believe and Tremble – A Story about the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

September 8, 2011 82 Comments
Even Demons Believe and Tremble – A Story about the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

It was almost 15 years ago. I was At Old St. Mary’s here in D.C. celebrating Mass in the Latin (Extraordinary Form). It was a solemn high Mass. I don’t suppose I thought it any different than most Sunday’s but something quite amazing was about to happen. As you may know the ancient Latin Mass […]

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Are You a Man or A Mouse? A Reflection on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

June 25, 2011 0 Comments

This Sunday in many places features the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Our Lord. While you may puzzle over my title, allow me to explain it later. On a Solemn feast like this many things occur that might be preached and taught. Allow three areas for reflection: The Reality […]

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