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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O most Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, I beg you to purify my senses so that I may begin to enjoy God even while I am on earth. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we contemplate today assumed body and soul into heaven, reminds us very definitely that our permanent abode is not on earth but in heaven where she, with her divine Son, has... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity Saints Peter and Paul “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.' These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it. “Saint... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity–except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy... Read More

Returning Love for Love: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love... Read More

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity?

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity? I wanted to share with you a conversation I found myself in a few weeks ago.* I found it relevant as these are the days we are reflecting into Corpus Christi. Friend: “What gives you reason to believe the Eucharist is more than a symbol?” Me: “What gives me reason to believe that it is not?” Friend: “Because, nowhere in Sacred Scripture does Jesus Christ say that ‘I am... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity   Presence of God — “I return thanks to You, O God, one and true Trinity, one sovereign divinity, holy and indivisible unity” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION From Advent until today, the Church has had us consider the magnificent manifestations of God’s mercy toward men: the Incarnation, the Redemption, Pentecost. Now she directs our attention to the source of these gifts, the most... Read More

Sweet Guest of the Soul

Sweet Guest of the Soul   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who deign to dwell in me, help me to open my soul completely to Your action. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mystici Corporis states that “the Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church.” Because soul means “principle of life,” this statement equivalently says that the divine Paraclete is the One who gives life to the Church. As the soul is the principle of life... Read More

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days After Easter

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Forty Days After Easter Presence of God – O Jesus, who ascended into heaven, grant that I, too, may live there in spirit. MEDITATION The central idea in the liturgy today is the raising of our hearts toward heaven, so that we may begin to dwell in spirit where Jesus has gone before us. “Christ’s Ascension,” says St. Leo, “is our own ascension; our body has the hope of one day... Read More

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ, the Day, is Risen!

April 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Solemnity

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! Christ, the Day, is Risen! Christ is the Day! (Sermo 53, 1-2, 4: CCL 23, 214-216 by Saint Maximus of Turin, bishop) Christ is risen! He has burst open the gates of hell and let the dead go free; he has renewed the earth through the members of his Church now born again in baptism and has made it blossom afresh with men brought back to life. His Holy Spirit has unlocked the doors of heaven, which... Read More

The Handmaid of the Lord

The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force, a realism, wholly singular. If, for example, every soul in the... Read More

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