Where Joy and Sorrow Meet

Feast of the Purification 2024 The candle is one of the great sacramentals of the Church.  It is like a sacrament in the sense that it is an outward sign, but unlike a sacrament, it does not give grace automatically.  This day links Our Lord and the Blessed Mother so closely.  Today we remember both…

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His Manifestation To All

2nd Sunday after Epiphany 2024 The Magi had open minds and were seeking the truth.  They followed the star and received Christ into their hearts.  Unlike God’s revelation to the Magi or St. John the Baptist, the wedding feast was a manifestation of Christ’s divinity to everyone.  In the divine plan, God did not change…

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Now God Has A Name

Christmas Octave 2024 The saints of the Christmas season are St. Stephen, the model of resistance against unbelief, St. John, the Apostle against division within the Church, and the Holy Innocents, who are the models standing against corrupt governments.  Today is the feast of the Circumcision, which offers proof of the true humanity of Christ,…

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A Silent And Holy Night

Christmas Midnight Mass 2023 It is a true joy to relive the happiness of that night in Bethlehem in which our Savior was born.  It was in silence and solitude Our Lord entered the world.  Just as Christ passed through the rock of His tomb at the moment of His Resurrection, He passed through the…

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Peace and Rest

Vigil of Christmas 2023 Today the Church cries out, “We will have Him to rule over us!”  This Mass is like an early celebration of Christmas.  “Come Lord and Reign!” says the Alleluia verse.  According to St. Ignatius Martyr, the reason St. Joseph was betrothed to the Blessed Virgin Mary was to hide the miracle…

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Freedom From Anxiety

3rd Sunday of Advent 2023 Gaudete Sunday – This is a day in which we take joy in our Catholic Faith, a day without anxiety or trouble of heart.  We must make our petitions known to God, trusting that they will be answered in the best way possible.  God gives us the grace to ask…

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Am I Not Your Mother?

Evening Sermon on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception 2023 Pope Pius IX, invoking his infallibility, proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1854.  Our Lady was saved in a unique way by her preservation from Original Sin at the moment of her Immaculate Conception.  The Epistle for this feast was applied…

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Our Lady’s Two Loves

Sermon on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception 2023 This dogma has always been believed by the Christian world, but more recently it was made gravely binding for every Catholic to believe.  The Virgin Mary was redeemed more perfectly than the rest of men.  She was preserved from all stain of original sin by an…

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Sanctification Through The Liturgy

First Sunday of Advent 2023 On this first day of the liturgical year, we begin with a view of the end of time.  It is a warning for the enemies of Christ.  A day is coming when God will judge the nations.  This is a Gospel of hope.  “Christ loves us too much not to…

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