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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World

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The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World* Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem Doctor of the Church   Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men to begin their toil, but in our souls, Lord, prepare a dwelling for the day that will never end. Grant that... Read More

Mary Stored Up All These Things in Her Heart

June 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial

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Mary Stored Up All These Things in Her Heart* Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary As Mary contemplated all she had come to know through reading, listening, and observing, she grew in faith, increased in merits, and was more illuminated by wisdom and more consumed by the fire of charity. The heavenly mysteries were opened to her, and she was filled with joy; she became fruitful by the Spirit, was... Read More

Light, Radiance and Grace in the Trinity

May 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Trinity, Solemnity

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Light, Radiance, and Grace are in the Trinity, and from the Trinity* It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching, and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name. We... Read More

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica “I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there forever.”+ 2 Chronicles 7:16 The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest and most important of the four Major Papal Basilicas in the Catholic Church.  And, it is this because it is the seat, or cathedra, of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. The present... Read More

Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

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Feast of St Mark the Evangelist St Mark the Evangelist, copyright 2013 by Corbert Gauthier St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark’s gospel. Mark is said to be the founder of the church of Alexandria [cf the Office of Readings, for the... Read More

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