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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Transferred)

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Transferred) Presence of God— At your side, O Mary, I wish to learn how to repeat in every circumstance your “Ecce ancilla Domini!” Behold the handmaid of the Lord. MEDITATION Let us try, through the inspired narrative of St. Luke (Gospel: 1: 26-38), to enter into the dispositions of Mary’s soul at the time of the Annunciation. The Angel sent by... Read More

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

September 21, 2015 by  
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Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Born at Capernaum, St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, was working as a tax collector when he was called by Jesus. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew and is said to have preached in the East [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast of Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21), Liturgy of the Hours]. He was the son of Alpheus and is known as Levi in the... Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6, 2015 by  
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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mark 9:7 Not only is Jesus transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James and John, but they also hear the voice of the Father and “see” the Holy Spirit as the presence in the cloud. In this theophany, the entire Trinity is... Read More

Solemnity of the Ascension 2015

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Solemnity of the Ascension 2015 Pope Benedict XVI taught in a 2009 homily on the Ascension, that this solemnity “invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Lord’s Ascension…[wherein] we [are] urged to fix our gaze on our Redeemer: who died ‘for sins once for all’ that he might bring us back to God, … [and who] ‘has gone into Heaven’ and is at the... 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

Holy Saturday 2015

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Holy Saturday “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 633, referencing the Council of Rome and Pope Benedict XII)   “Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden, we read in an ancient Homily: ‘What has happened? Today the... Read More

Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

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St Joseph’s Life of Faith Presence of God – In your school, O glorious St Joseph, I desire to learn how to live by faith, guided in all things by divine Providence. MEDITATION The fundamental disposition of St Joseph’s soul was one of complete confidence and abandonment to God, which had its source in his faith. St. Matthew called him “a just man” (Matthew 1:19); now Sacred Scripture... Read More

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 11, 2015 by  
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This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a milestone in the life of Christ and our Christian story. As an adult, Jesus lost none of that child-like trust in the Father. He who was like us in all things but sin, having taken on himself the weight of human sin, humbled Himself to be baptized. He did not need to do this, but, like everything else He did and does, He did it out of love for us and for... Read More

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2nd “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways‘ [Psalm 91:11]. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side,... Read More

Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29, 2014 by  
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“You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. “And so it was... Read More

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