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Christmas Wrap-up: Some Less-Obvious Questions about the Incarnation

January 7, 2019 2 Comments
Christmas Wrap-up: Some Less-Obvious Questions about the Incarnation

Welcome to Epiphany-tide. In this week we transition from Christmas to the public ministry of Christ, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord scheduled for this coming Sunday. Before we leave Christmas altogether, we do well to ponder certain less-obvious questions about the Lord’s incarnation and birth. These questions are taken from St. […]

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Don’t Be a Liar

January 3, 2019 3 Comments
Don’t Be a Liar

At Christmas we celebrate the Word becoming Flesh, but what does this mean for us today? Fundamentally, it means that our faith is about things that are tangible. As human beings, we have bodies. We have a soul that is spiritual, but it is joined with a body that is physical and material. Hence, it […]

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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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Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

December 12, 2018 3 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 this last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come of […]

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Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

December 11, 2018 21 Comments
Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue. Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa […]

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Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

December 9, 2018 1 Comment
Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s […]

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Don’t Be Liar at Christmas! A Meditation on Incarnational Faith

December 28, 2010 0 Comments

At Christmas we celebrate the fact of the Word becoming Flesh. But what does this mean for us today? Fundamentally what it means is that our faith is about things which are very real and tangible. As human beings we are persons with bodies. We have a soul that is spiritual but it is joined […]

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Paradoxes of Christmas

December 20, 2010 18 Comments

In the ancient Church, and until rather recently, we genuflected at the two references to the incarnation in the Mass: at the Creed and at the Last Gospel (John 1). Why did we do this? It was explained to me that the mystery was so deep that one could only fall in silent reverence. There […]

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