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Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle* The Church of Christ rises on the firm foundation of Peter’s faith. Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God’s people many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved,... Read More

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 of Jesus and of Mary: of Jesus,... Read More

Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Loving God, Renunciation, Self-Denial

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what... Read More

Christ is Baptized – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Christ is Baptized Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours From a Sermon by St. Gregory of Nazianzus (St. Gregory Nazianzen), Bishop Oratio 39 in Sancta Lumina, 14-16, 20; PG 36, 350-351, 354, 358-359 “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his... Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

December 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family, Feast Days, Prayer

Feast of the Holy Family Nazareth, a model* Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ's life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God's Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually, we may even learn to imitate him. Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here we can sense and take account... 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 he would have faith in the child,... Read More

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Feast Days, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Meditations: Seasonal

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome “I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there forever.”+ 2 Chronicles 7:16 The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest and most important of the four Major Papal Basilicas in the Catholic Church. And, it is this because it is the seat, or cathedra, of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. The present basilica stands on the site... Read More

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, The Cross

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ* How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise but opens the way for our return. This was the tree on which Christ, like... Read More

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Feast Days, Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth the Sun of Justice, Christ,... Read More

Enter into Prayer — Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Fr. Najim, Prayer, Transfiguration

Enter into Prayer – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord If I were to ask you to define prayer, how would you define it?  Many people would answer that prayer is talking to God, plain and simple.  I think it’s safe to say that while many Christians say prayers, it’s also true that many Christians do not truly enter into prayer.  There’s a big difference between saying prayers and entering into prayer.  Saying... Read More

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