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On the Birth of Mary – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary

On the Birth of Mary From a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete on the Birth of Mary The old has passed away, all things are made new   The fulfillment of the law is Christ himself [cf Matthew 5:17], who does not so much lead us away from the letter as lift us up to its spirit. For the law’s consummation was this, that the very lawgiver accomplished his work and changed letter into spirit,... Read More

Praying with the Church: The Liturgy of the Hours

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer, and the definition of contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration? How... Read More

Peter and Paul, Apostles – Solemnity

June 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Solemnity

Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity As St. Augustine of Hippo taught, this day was made holy by the passion, by the blood, of the blessed apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (cf Sermo 295, 1-2, 4:7-8; PL 38, 1348-1352). Based on Saint Peter's profession of faith, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Jesus pronounced him: Peter, the rock on which He would build... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist* The Church observes the birth of John 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 and profit. John... Read More

The Visitation: Mary Visits Elizabeth

Mary Visits Elizabeth Feast of the Visitation From a Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke by St. Ambrose, Bishop* When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills. When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She does not disbelieve God’s... Read More

The Sending of the Holy Spirit

The Sending of the Holy Spirit * When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [cf Matthew 28:19], he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God. He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy... Read More

How Our Lord’s Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith

How Our Lord's Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith* At Easter, beloved brethren, it was the Lord’s resurrection which was the cause of our joy; our present rejoicing is on account of his ascension into heaven. With all due solemnity, we are commemorating that day on which our poor human nature was carried up, in Christ, above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the... Read More

The Annunciation: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

April 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Annunciation, Dan Burke, Mary, Solemnity

The Whole World Awaits Mary's Reply Solemnity of the Annunciation (Transferred) From a Homily in Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot* You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit [cf Luke 1:31, 34-35]. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting,... Read More

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

March 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Holy Week, Liz Estler, Prayer, Triduum, Videos

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday Video “[He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell…” (Apostles' Creed) This moving video presentation was created by Theophilus Peregrinus from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday, and is used here with permission. This is the Second Reading for the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday found in... Read More

A Good Friday Meditation

March 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Meditations, Prayer, Triduum

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A Good Friday Meditation I will Heal Their Wounds* Of his own free will, Jesus ran to meet those sufferings that were foretold in the Scriptures concerning him. He had forewarned his disciples about them several times; he had rebuked Peter for being reluctant to accept the announcement of his passion, and he had made it clear that it was by means of his suffering that the world’s salvation was to... Read More

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