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Following the Star

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

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

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

The Nativity of Our Lord

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

Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

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

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

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 who prays for the coming of God’s... Read More

Celebrating All Saints!

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under All Saints, Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity

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 to them? The saints have no... Read More

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Solemnity

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From a Sermon by St. John Damascene Editor’s Note: Although the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother was promulgated less than 75 years ago (1950), and is relatively new to those teachings which we, as Catholics, owe the assent of faith to, this excerpt from one of Saint John Damascene’s homilies on the Assumption (from around the early 8th century) proves that... Read More

The Martyrs Realized What They Taught

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity

The Martyrs Realized what They Taught* Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles   This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message [Romans 12:18 quoting Psalm 19:5]. These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed... Read More

The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

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

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 on it with great depth... Read More

Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Learn from Me The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus   Apart from Jesus’ command to learn a lesson from the fig tree, on how its branch(es) and leaves announce summer (cf Matthew 24:32 and Mark 13:28), Christ commands us to learn only two things.  Our Blessed Savior knows that, like the rich young man, we are lacking in these things … otherwise, He would not be compelled to call our attention to them. Learning Mercy... Read More

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