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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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St. Jerome: The Slow Work of Sanctity

Happy feast of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church! Friends, what comes to mind when we think of the saints? For starters, perhaps paintings, images in stained glass windows, and statuary. If we take an interest at all in these heroes of the fai...
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Blessing of a Christmas Tree: A Sign of Life in Christ

There are few things like a sparkling Christmas Tree that can bring a smile to our faces so easily. Every year around this time, almost instinctually, many of us acquire an evergreen tree of some variety to put in our homes. This year Christmas ...
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The Immaculate Conception: A Celebration of Salvation

While the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th marks an event of the utmost importance in salvation history, it is not without its conceptual and emotional difficulties. Conceptually the difficulties arise du...
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The Advent Wreath’s Lesson on Virtue

In each Season of the Church’s liturgical life, she provides us with unique resources that nourish our growth in holiness. Among these resources stored in the vast treasure house of graces of the Church one finds the sacramentals. All too often ...
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Christifying Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving Table Blessing

The celebration of Thanksgiving naturally lends itself to being understood by Christians through a Christocentric, or, more to it, Eucharistic lens. The reason for this stems from the straightforward linguistic connection, the English eucharist ...
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Investing Our Talents

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 15, 2020 My Dear Friends in Christ, The celebrations of the last two Sundays have thematically coalesced around the theme of preparation for the end time when the kingdom of our Heavenly Fathe...
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