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Mary, Teach Us How to Pray

October 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary

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 Mary, Teach Us How to Pray   Many times we cry out in the midst of interior and exterior trials, “Dearest Mother, help me!” When the world is in crisis, the Church cries out: “Mary, our Mother, help us!” What has been her response? The answer given to St. Dominic (early 13th century) against the radical and militant heretics of his time, the answer spoken through Pope St. Pius V during... Read More

On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part II of II)

December 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

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On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part II of II) Advent Homily of St. Bernard of Clairvaux   Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at Isaiah’s prophecy of the sign given by God Himself: a virgin who will give birth to Emmanuel.  We also examined that, as opposed to Adam, Emmanuel would choose good and reject evil.  Today, we will look at St. Bernard’s interpretation... Read More

On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part I of II)

December 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

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 On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part I of II) Advent Homily of St. Bernard of Clairvaux “And the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying: Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God, either unto the depth of hell, or unto the height above. And Ahaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord.” (Isaiah 7:10-12) WE have heard Isaiah persuading King Ahaz to ask for a sign... Read More

Advent: Allowing Christ to Rest in Us

November 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Sisters

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Advent…Allowing Christ to Rest in Us On the First Sunday in Advent, all over the world – in Los Angeles, in Rome, in Tibet – wherever Christians gather, in cathedrals and around kitchen tables, a single candle will be lit – the first candle of the Advent wreath. That single candle pierces the darkness. Hope is enkindled. Once again, as every year, the whole world waits. In the Old... Read More

On the Eternity of Hell

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ON THE ETERNITY OF HELL “And these shall go into everlasting punishment.” Matthew 25:46 Were hell not eternal, it should not be hell. Torments which continue but a short time, are not a severe punishment. The man who is afflicted with an imposthume [an abscess] or cancer, submits to the knife or the cautery. The pain is very sharp; but, because it is soon over, the torture is not very great.... Read More

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