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Our Lady of Nazareth

OUR LADY OF NAZARETH “And His Mother kept all these words in her heart.” Luke 2:51 1. Scholars consider themselves amply justified in concluding that the evidence for these first two chapters of St. Luke have been drawn from Our Lady's own lips, and are even the very words of Our Lady herself; and the repeated statement that she “kept all these words in her heart,” is taken as signifying... Read More

The Growth of Jesus

THE GROWTH OF JESUS “And Jesus increased in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.” Luke 2:52 1. We cannot in a short meditation hope to fathom the meaning of this simple sentence. It has given rise to endless opinions among the Fathers of the Church, theologians, and even the contemplative saints have given it various interpretations. But there are certain fundamental truths which all... Read More

The Finding in the Temple

THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE “And it came to pass that after three days they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers. And seeing Him they wondered. And His Mother said to Him, ‘Son, why hast Thou done so to us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.'... Read More

The Subjection of Jesus

 THE SUBJECTION OF JESUS “And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth and was subject to them.”  Luke 2:51 1. He had finished this particular work which His Father had given Him to do. He had sanctified religious instruction; He had, in this simple event, provided for all time a proof that indeed He was more than man, that His discovery of Himself, as some modern critics would assert,... Read More

The Loss in the Temple

THE LOSS IN THE TEMPLE “And His parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the Pasch. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast. And after they had fulfilled the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents knew it not. And thinking that He was in the company, they came a day's journey, and... Read More

The Hidden Life

THE HIDDEN LIFE “And the Child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom, and the grace of God was in Him. Luke 1:40 1. A child's life has seldom much to record. When a great man dies, and his biography is written, the first twenty years or more, sometimes it will extend to thirty and even forty years, is usually contained in a single chapter. That chapter will, more often than not, contain a few... Read More

The Holy Innocents

THE HOLY INNOCENTS “ Then Herod, perceiving that he was deluded by the Wise Men, was exceedingly angry, and sending, killed all the men-children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the confines thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the Wise Men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the Prophet, saying: “A voice in Ramah... Read More

The Return from Egypt

THE RETURN FROM EGYPT “Now Herod being dead, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, saying: Rise and take the Child and His Mother, and go into the land of Israel, for they are dead who sought the life of the Child. Who, rising up, took the Child and His Mother, and came into the land of Israel. But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the place of Herod his father,... Read More


PERSECUTION “And when they were departed, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying, ‘Arise and take the Child and His Mother, and fly into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him. Matthew 2:13 1. Our Lady has already learnt that the hand of God invariably bestows its favours in two parts; if... Read More

The Flight Into Egypt

THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT “Who, rising up, took the Child and His Mother by night, and retired into Egypt, and he was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying, ‘Out of Egypt have I called My Son.” Matthew 2:14-15 1. The reflections on, and the lessons to be drawn from, the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt are obvious and... Read More

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