The Great Evil of Venial Sin

2nd Sunday in Lent 2024 St. Paul calls us to make “even greater progress,” but in order to do so, we must begin attacking our habits of venial sin.  Mortal sins kill the soul,  but venial sins are the great obstacle to sanctification.  These lesser sins can easily be overlooked if we are not on…

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Impurity and Penance

1st Sunday in Lent 2024 We are particularly the objects of temptation during this season in which God is calling us to sanctity.  During the temptation of Christ in the desert, Our Lord was not drawn to the evil as we are.  St. Margaret of Cortona after discovering her lover’s body, made a complete conversion…

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Cry Out to God!

Quinquagesima Sunday 2024 Abraham is our patron today.  His willingness to sacrifice his only begotten son was a type of the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  In today’s Gospel, the Apostles did not understand Our Lord’s words.  To remove any doubts, Jesus performed the miracle of curing the blind man, demonstrating His divine power.  We also…

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The Call To Sanctity

Sexagesima Sunday 2024 St. Gregory tells us that this Gospel needs no explanation, because Our Lord explained it Himself.  We must ask ourselves, are we the “good ground” or are we the “bad ground”?  It is a dogma of our Faith that everyone, without discrimination, is given the chance to be saved.  If we are…

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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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Jesus, Deliver Us!

Septuagesima Sunday 2024 These next three Sundays are for an examination of conscience, in which we search out those things in our soul which make us enemies of God.  Today we begin with a view of creation and the fall of man.  Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden because they did…

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Non Sum Dignus

3rd Sunday after Epiphany 2024 St. Paul teaches us to be at peace with all men when it is possible.  Of course, there are times when peace is not possible, but for a good Catholic war is only for the sake of restoring the peace once again.  A person who is vengeful in his anger…

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Our Rise or Our Fall

Sunday within the Christmas Octave 2023 No longer are we slaves of the law, no longer are we separated from God.  God has made us His friends.  He loves every creature He has created but He is forced, so to speak, to hate the sinner by the sinner’s own choice.  God’s irrational creatures fulfill His…

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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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No Hope Without Tribulation

Second Sunday of Advent 2023 With great hope we are reminded of eternity during this season.  All virtue builds on nature, and the same is true of the virtue of hope.  Hope cannot exist without difficulty and tribulation.  We hope in God, not despite our sufferings, but in light of our sufferings.  The saints took…

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