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Tag: Feast Days

Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

August 14, 2013 23 Comments
Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, nevertheless there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles.  Let’s ponder this feast in three stages: 1. Explained – To be […]

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You are John the Baptist! – A Meditation on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the St. John the Baptist

June 23, 2012 5 Comments

We briefly step out of the “green” of Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) to celebrate the birth of the great and last Prophet of the Old Testament, St. John the Baptist. And in so doing, we do not only commemorate a great prophet of history, but we also consider the office of prophet, an office […]

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Love Conquers All – A Short Meditation on the Feast of the Sacred Heart

June 14, 2012 8 Comments

Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a feast which celebrates a love that conquers evil by the sheer acts of love and mercy. More on that in a moment. I am afraid that, growing up as a boy and later as a young man, I found the devotion to the Sacred […]

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Unless! A Homily on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

June 9, 2012 13 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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1 and 1 and 1 Makes One. A meditation on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

June 2, 2012 41 Comments

There is an old Spiritual that says, My God is so high, you can’t over him, he’s so low, you can’t under him, he’s so wide you can’t round him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb. Not a bad way of saying that God is other, He is beyond what human words […]

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Clubhouse or Lighthouse? – What the Holy Spirit Wants for the Church on the Feast of Pentecost

May 26, 2012 13 Comments

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost. A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus had said to Apostles, and still says to us: I have come to cast a fire on the earth! (Luke 12:49). This […]

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Every Round Goes Higher, Higher. A Reflection on the Feast of the Ascension

May 19, 2012 0 Comments

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For, though Christ our […]

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A Knock at Midnight – A Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass

December 24, 2011 5 Comments

In this reflection, perhaps we can consider but one line in the Gospel which both challenges our love, and is a sign of God’s humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them in the Inn. I. The Scene – There is a knock at midnight. Joseph speaking on behalf of […]

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