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Yes, We Believe In You, Lord

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

The time after the Epiphany is a transition from celebrating the Incarnation to beginning to move towards the Redemptive aspect of the liturgical year.  The awareness of God becoming Man is made clear by His manifestation to the Magi, the theophany at the Baptism of Christ and the working of His first miracle during the wedding feast at Cana.  All these elements are contained in the Mass of this Second Sunday after Epiphany and they call on us to respond as the first apostles did when they saw and believed.

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Deny Our Lord Nothing

Feast Of The Holy Family 2018

From St. Paul’s Epistle for the feast of the Holy Family we learn about charity and mercy.  We are bound to forgive whenever someone is truly sorry for his offenses against us. The Gospel for this feast is about the finding of Our Lord in the Temple which St. Luke wrote from the recollections of our Blessed Mother.  Christ’s first recorded words when He was twelve years old show His knowledge of His identity as Son of God and His mission to do what His Father commands.  Coming after the Epiphany we learn about the Magi and their star of attraction which led them to the Messias.  We too must be generous and follow Our Savior.

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In His Will Is Our Peace

Octave Day of Nativity 2018

The Sacred Liturgy, like nature itself, anticipates great feasts, celebrates them and only gradually leaves them.  So Christmas has its First Vespers, its three Masses and then a week to relish the reality of the Incarnation before renewing the mystery again on its octave day, today.  We also have the recalling of Our Lord’s circumcision on this day when He first shed His Blood for our salvation and we profess our love and devotion to the Blessed Mother for her divine maternity and perpetual virginity.  Today we are grateful for all this and we consign our past to God’s mercy and live in the present moment by God’s grace.  We entrust the future to God’s Providence and use prayer, reflection and counsel to know His signified Will and His Will of good pleasure.  We will achieve the tranquility of order in the coming days by knowing and following God’s plan for us.

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Be Humble Like The Baby Jesus

Christmas 2017 Midnight Mass

Against the world’s propaganda, we proclaim the truth of Christmas that the Son of God became man and was born in Bethlehem of the ever Virgin Mary who remained a virgin physically and morally before, during and after the birth of her Son. Christ did this first for the glory of His Father and then to give Himself to us.  This union of the divine and human natures in the Person of the Word is a supreme act of humility that will last for as long as God is God.  As Jesus showed us the way by becoming a little Infant, so we must heed His words that unless we become as little children we will not enter the enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Today You Know Christ Is Coming

Vigil Of Christmas 2017

At the vigil Mass the joy of Christmas is already felt and this happy way that we receive the Infant King reassures us that His second coming will not be a harsh one for us.  On this last day of Advent St. Joseph is brought before us as the worthy descendant of David who will protect the Blessed Mother from scandal, hardship and from the devil.  Our receiving this “Bread from Heaven” will ease our burdens in this life.

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His Coming Should Change Us

Gaudete Sunday 2017

As we approach Christmas, St. John the Baptist is our example of how to come closer to Our Lord.  We have grace and should never be discouraged because victory is ours. Beg God for great love just as the saints did.  Receiving Christ in Holy Communion should change us and His coming in Bethlehem should do the same.

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That You May Abound In Hope

2nd Sunday of Advent 2017

To encourage us during this penitential season preparing for Christmas the Church reminds us, especially the Gentiles, of God’s mercy and the reason for us to hope.  Despite all the difficulties of life we have tremendous confidence that Our Savior will take care of us because His upcoming birth is proof of that.  He is the Light of the World and dispels the darkness outside.

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Our Special Marian Feast

Immaculate Conception Evening 2017

Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception is special to us because several of our community were clothed in the habit on this feast and because several of us visited the home of Pope Pius IX who proclaimed this teaching.  From the first moment of her existence Our Lady was free from original sin in view of the merits won by her Divine Son on the Cross.  All Catholics love this beautiful doctrine.

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The Gifts Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Immaculate Conception 2017

The brightness of this feast honoring the Immaculate Conception is seen in stark contrast to the darkness of those who should know the truths of the Faith and do not.  Our Lady received her initial plenitude of grace today and all the gifts which accompany it.  Her humility is prominent among them and was singular in her becoming the Mother of God. This was to undo the terrible pride which led to the sin of Adam and Eve.  Finally, the tremendous value of sanctifying grace is seen by the fact that it cost the Blood of God to obtain it.

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Lay Aside Works of Darkness

1st Sunday Of Advent 2017

Advent is a time of penance and this year it is a shorter season to prepare for Christmas.  We need to appreciate everyday as a gift enabling us to pray and grow in spiritual progress.  Ask the Blessed Mother and the saints to help us in this important task.

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