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January 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

JOSEPH “ And when there also they began to be famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. And he said to them: ‘Go to Joseph; and do all that he shall say to you.” Genesis 41:55 1. The Holy Family is the model of all family life; the reproduction of the life of the Holy Family among men is the surest guarantee of contentment and prosperity in this world and of happiness in the next; where nations are most happy... Read More

Our Lady of Nazareth

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

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 that St. Luke took the narrative... 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 accept, and upon these it is possible... 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.' And He said to them: ‘How... 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, was no gradual process, but... 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 sought Him among their kinsfolks... 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 dates, a few utterly unimportant... Read More

The Choice of Nazareth

THE CHOICE OF NAZARETH “ And He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled what was said by the Prophet, that He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:23 1. St. Matthew has chosen almost all his incidents of the Nativity to show the fulfillment of prophecy. We know from St. Luke that the Annunciation took place at Nazareth; but after that the house must have been given up, and Bethlehem, being... 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 was heard, lamentation and... 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, he was afraid to go thither,... Read More

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