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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

Corpus Christi

May 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Corpus Christi, Eucharist, Liz Estler, Solemnity


Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today’s solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared to her at the age of 16... Read More

Light, Radiance and Grace in the Trinity

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


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 acknowledge the Trinity,... Read More

The Spirit of Christ – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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The Spirit of Christ Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who had complete dominion over the holy soul of Jesus, deign to direct my poor soul. MEDITATION In Sacred Scripture, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9), an expression that is pregnant with meaning. Christ is the Incarnate Word. Although He became Man, He remains the Word, the Son of God. From Him, as from the Father, the Holy Spirit proceeds;... Read More

On the Ascension of the Lord

May 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Ascension, Dan Burke, Solemnity

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ON THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD* A Homily of St Leo the Great   I. The events recorded as happening after the Resurrection were intended to convince us of its truth. Since the blessed and glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the Divine power in three days raised the true Temple of God, which [wickedness] had overthrown, the sacred forty days, dearly-beloved are to-day ended, which by most holy appointment were... Read More

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 God finds the Virgin recollected... Read More

Easter: On the Resurrection of the Lord

March 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Resurrection, Solemnity, The Cross


On the Lord’s Resurrection An Easter Homily from Pope Saint Leo the Great (Sermon LXXII)   I. The Cross is not only the mystery of salvation, but an example to follow The whole of the Easter mystery, dearly-beloved, has been brought before us in the Gospel narrative, and the ears of the mind have been so reached through the ear of flesh that none of you can fail to have a picture of the events: for the text of the Divinely-inspired... Read More

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