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The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, The Cross

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ* How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise but opens the way for our return. This was the... Read More

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ, the Day, is Risen!

April 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Solemnity

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! Christ, the Day, is Risen! Christ is the Day! (Sermo 53, 1-2, 4: CCL 23, 214-216 by Saint Maximus of Turin, bishop) Christ is risen! He has burst open the gates of hell and let the dead go free; he has renewed the earth through the members of his Church now born again in baptism and has made it blossom afresh with men brought back to life. His Holy Spirit has unlocked... Read More

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?   Choir and Rood Screen in Albi Cathedral in France From time to time, in various spiritual writings and elsewhere, I’ve come across the term “choir” and it seems like it has nothing to do with music, which is what I associate it with. I think it might have something to do with Mass, perhaps where it is said?, but I’m not exactly sure what. Is it used... Read More

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord “Today the heavens opened and the waters of the sea became sweet and fragrant; the earth rejoiced, the mountains and hills exulted –because Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan. What has happened that the sea has been put to flight, and the Jordan has turned back upon itself? –Because Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Responsory... Read More

God has Revealed His Love through His Son

God has Revealed His Love through His Son* From a letter to Diognetus No man has ever seen God [1 John 4:12] or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good,... Read More

Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

November 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditations, Solemnity

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe* Thy Kingdom Come! The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is, but the kingdom of God is within us (cf Luke 17:20-21), for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart (cf Deuteronomy 30:14). Thus it is clear that he... Read More

Dedication of Saint John Lateran

November 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Church, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran   Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This anniversary has been observed on this date since the 12th century and is an important feast for the Church because Saint John Lateran is considered to be the mother church of all Christendom and is a sign of unity with, and devotion to, the Chair... Read More

Celebrating All Saints!

Celebrating All Saints!   (From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot) Let us make haste to our brethren who are awaiting us! “Why should our praise and glorification, or even the celebration of this feast day mean anything to the saints? What do they care about earthly honors when their heavenly Father honors them by fulfilling the faithful promise of the Son? What does our commendation mean... Read More

The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Mary, Memorial

The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross* Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows The martyrdom of the Virgin is set forth both in the prophecy of Simeon and in the actual story of our Lord’s passion. The holy old man said of the infant Jesus: He has been established as a sign which will be contradicted [Luke 2:34]. He went on to say to Mary: And your own heart will be pierced by a sword [Luke 2:35]. Truly, O... Read More

On the Birth of Mary – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Mary

On the Birth of Mary From a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete on the Birth of Mary The old has passed away, all things are made new   The fulfillment of the law is Christ himself [cf Matthew 5:17], who does not so much lead us away from the letter as lift us up to its spirit. For the law’s consummation was this, that the very lawgiver accomplished his work and changed letter into spirit,... Read More

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