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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liz Estler, Meditations

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things: the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote this meditation on September... Read More

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, summing everything up in himself... Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mark 9:7 Not only is Jesus transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James, and John, but they also hear the voice of the Father and “see” the Holy Spirit as the presence in the cloud. In this theophany, the entire Trinity is present. And, what are the instructions?... 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 word; she feels no uncertainty... Read More

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

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