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35. Incontrovertible Evidence (Matthew 11:2-11)

December 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“The redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of history.” – Saint Pope John Paul II, Redemptor hominis Matthew 11:2-11: Now John in his prison had heard what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?’ Jesus answered, ‘Go back and tell John what you hear and see; the blind... Read More

The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

June 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity

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The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness* Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist The Church observes the birth of John [the Baptist] as a hallowed event. We have no such commemoration for any other fathers, but it is significant that we celebrate the birthdays of John and Jesus. This day cannot be passed by. And even if my explanation does not match the dignity of the feast, you may still meditate... 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

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

August 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage

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Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn’t much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered bushes. Still, I highly recommend... Read More

Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

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Luke, Chapter 1 tells us the whole, exciting and miraculous story of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate today. First, we read of the announcement–by an angel, no less–of the very unexpected conception and later birth of the baby who would grow up to become John the Baptist. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were older, you see, and had long given up hope of ever having... Read More

The Benedictus: Part I of II

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THE BENEDICTUS: Part I of II “And Zachary, his father, was filled with the Holy Ghost, and he prophesied, saying, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because He hath visited and wrought the redemption of His people, and He hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David his servant. As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who are from the beginning, salvation from our... Read More

The Benedictus: Part II of II

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THE BENEDICTUS: Part II of II “And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways. To give knowledge of salvation to His people unto the remission of their sins. Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the orient from on high hath visited us. To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death,... Read More

The Vision to Zachary

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THE VISION TO ZACHARY “Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice in his birth, for he shall be great before the Lord. . . . And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias,... Read More

The Art of Waiting: A Retreat Guide for Advent

November 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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The Art of Waiting: A Retreat Guide for Advent The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “The Art of Waiting: A Retreat Guide for Advent” is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Advent is a liturgical season meant to be lived with deep spiritual anticipation. It is a time of year in which the Church invites us to look forward to spiritual gifts with the same kind of eagerness and delight... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Lk 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of the... Read More

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