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Understanding Christmas Through Mary

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God-January 1 My Dear Friends in Christ, With many of the Christmas trees waiting to be or already having been picked up curbside, we may be tempted to think that the Christmas Season has...
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December 20: O Key of David

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom (Christian Prayer,...
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December 18: O Lord

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free (Christian Prayer, 121). In the antiphon of the Magnificat at ev...
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December 17: O Wisdom

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation (Christian Prayer, 118). As we reflect on this first of the great “O Antiphons” of Advent, it is worth rest...
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Praying the “O Antiphons” of Advent

As quickly as the Advent Season came upon us, it now quickly draws to a close. Beginning tomorrow, we turn the homestretch, as it were, to the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ on Christmas. Over the course of the past few weeks, we have reflect...
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The Little Drummer Boy’s Gospel

Of the many holiday songs which saturate the airwaves during the Advent and Christmas seasons and can be heard played in Christmas concerts, The Little Drummer Boy is perhaps one of the best known. In fact, as Kathy Warnes writes in her article,...
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The Triumph of Love

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe-Cycle B My Dear Friends in Christ, With today’s most august celebration we come to the end of another liturgical year. It is most appropriate that on the last Sunday of the litur...
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Bartimaeus: Overcoming Spiritual Blindness

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time-Cycle B My Dear Friends in Christ, Today’s Gospel reading from Mark reveals something of the radical nature of Christianity and its totalizing claims in the face of the world’s competing theoretical framew...
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Mary: A Woman of the Word

Happy Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary! “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). With this short statement, Mary gives us the Christian program for life, a regiment which she had followed very closely, not only after giving birth to the Son o...
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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Blessed Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels to you! Today’s celebration of the Guardian Angels has the tendency to take us back to childhood. After all, for many of us, the prayer to our guardian angel is among the first we learn. Angel o...
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