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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2nd [From the text for the previous name of this feast: The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary] Presence of God – O Lord, I come to You and beg You, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to purify my soul. MEDITATION Today’s Feast, which marks the end of the Christmas season [in the old liturgical calendar], is a feast both... Read More

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures   Presence of God – Give me light, O Lord Jesus, to see in the lowliness of the Child, the indescribable Majesty of the Son of God. MEDITATION Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by Him and in Him. And... Read More

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

December 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Feast Days, Meditations

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ* A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar [Matthew 2:1]. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed [cf Matthew 2:3]. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if... Read More

And the Word Was Made Flesh

December 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Christmas

  “To all who received him, who believe in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1:12). To believe in the name of Jesus Christ is to recognize him as the Christ, as the Son of God, as the Word who was before all time and who became man. To be ready at the sound of that name, and for the glory of that name alone, to do all things, to attempt all things, to suffer all things:... Read More

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us * Then He summoned an archangel, Saint Gabriel: and when he came, Sent him forth to find a maiden, Mary was her name. Only through her consenting love Could the mystery be preferred That the Trinity in human Flesh might clothe the Word. Though the three Persons worked the wonder It only happened in the One. So was the Word made incarnation In Mary's... Read More

Ways We Can Prepare Our Hearts for Christmas

Description: What should we be doing spiritually to prepare for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and resources. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient our hearts toward God? How does the Old Testament... Read More

The Journey to Bethlehem

December 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Charlie McKinney, Christmas

The days of Mary’s expectation were gradually nearing their fulfillment. Then there went forth throughout the land a decree of the Roman emperor Augustus that all the subjected kingdoms, which included the Jewish provinces, should be enrolled together with their inhabitants. The census was carried out by Herod agreeably to the ancient custom according to tribes, houses, and families, each head of... Read More

Prepare the Way of the Lord at Advent & Christmas

Prepare the Way of the Lord at Advent & Christmas   Christian life is one of preparation. In order to prepare to celebrate the sacred mystery of the Eucharist, we acknowledge our sins. In order to prepare to celebrate the birth of our God as a tiny baby, for us and for our salvation, the Church wisely celebrates the Advent season. Before we know it Advent will be here. So, how do we prepare... Read More

God has Revealed His Love through His Son

God has Revealed His Love through His Son* From a letter to Diognetus No man has ever seen God [1 John 4:12] or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good,... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

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

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

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... Read More

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