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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 for the Second Reading, Office... Read More

Following the Star

January 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Epiphany, Solemnity

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Following the Star   Epiphany is a celebration of the manifestation of the Lord to the whole world.  Pope St. Leo says it is the day that Abraham saw and longed to see.  This celebration includes the mystery of a radiant star whose mysterious light draws pilgrims from afar. It is a light that shows, discloses and reveals where those who seek the Lord might find him. The radiant splendor of this light is the source of... Read More

Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother

January 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Mary, Solemnity

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Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother Contemplating Our Lady as mother of Jesus when He was an infant and little boy, it is easy to imagine her doing all the things mothers do for their children – singing Him to sleep, kissing a skinned knee if He fell while at play, holding His hands helping Him to balance as He was first learning to walk. Such things she surely must have done throughout the “hidden years”... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liturgy, Liz Estler

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Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). He is the only one of the Twelve who was understood not to have been martyred and, thus, lived to old age.... Read More

The Nativity of Our Lord

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The Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared The Nativity of Our Lord Presence of God — Behold, I am at the feet of my Incarnate God, who has become a Child for love of me! I adore, I thank, I love! MEDITATION God is charity: He has loved us with an everlasting love! “I think God must have said to Himself: Man does not love Me because he does not see Me; I will show Myself to him and thus make him... Read More

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part III of III)

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience — and Where to Get One Part III of III Editor’s Note: In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the idea that we need to develop a liturgical conscience. In Part II, he described the first five on the “10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life”. Today, he will examine commandments six through ten. 10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life (continued)   6. The Liturgy... Read More

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Declaration

December 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Declaration by St John Paul II* “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman…” (Galatians 4:4)…From the standpoint of human history, the fullness of time is a concrete fact. It is the night when the Son of God came into the world in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophets…”The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall... Read More

Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mercy, Solemnity

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Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ   Every sign of our times points to God doing something great and something new in the world. In practically every instance throughout the history of God’s people, God’s salvation does not come in the way people expect it. He uses the most unusual instruments at times, such as King Cyrus of Persia (an outsider of the Israelites, a Gentile), who liberated God’s people from their... Read More

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part II of III)

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience and Where to Get One Part II of III Editor’s Note: In Part I, Mr. Carstens introduced the concept of a liturgical conscience. In part II today, he will begin explicating the first five of the ten commandments of liturgical life. 10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life Here are 10 principles to form the liturgical conscience. Perhaps there are more; maybe there are fewer. Undoubtedly they... Read More

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience – and Where to Get One (I of III)

November 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part I of III)   Guitar choir or Gregorian Chant? Communion on the tongue or in the hand? Liturgical language that is elevated, formal, and Latinate—as in the present Roman Missal—or language more common, casual, and conversational—as in the former Sacramentary? Opinions on liturgical matters such as these differ, as with myriad other liturgical elements –... Read More

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