To Serve God Is To Reign

St. Matthias 2021 (Profession Day) Today marks a step closer to the Sacred Priesthood as our brother officially becomes a member of our community with his profession.  Religious life is a secure path to holiness and happiness in this life which will blossom in heaven.  In recalling the first stirrings of a vocation one can…

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Ultimately Penance Is Love

Ash Wednesday 2021 Neglect of practicing penance during Lent is a cause of the problems we experience in the world today.  The virtue of penance is a power from God which makes us hate sin, be sorry for it, make reparation for it and convert because sin offends God Who loves us.  Penance spurs us…

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Purity of Intention

Quinquagesima Sunday 2021 In preparation for Ash Wednesday and Lent there is a review of the laws concerning fast and abstinence.  Today is also the feast of St. Valentine and his impact in our own day.  The Epistle for this Mass is taken from St. Paul and teaches us the importance of doing all our…

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The Conversion of St. Paul

3rd Sunday After Epiphany 2021 The showing of of Our Lord’s divinity through the time after the Epiphany continues this Sunday with His cures of the leper and the centurion’s servant. Tomorrow is the feast of the conversion of St. Paul and because Christianity hinges on this event it is described in detail for us…

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Have Courage

Octave of Christmas 2021 As we face the unknown that awaits us during the coming year, we can take comfort in the divine promise that Our Lord will be with us always.  In addition, Our Lady of Guadalupe tells us through Juan Diego that she is our Mother and cares for us.  This octave day…

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Christmas Brings Freedom

Christmas Midnight Mass 2020 Despite all the efforts to lessen the reality and the message of Christmas by those opposed to God, we again celebrate the feast of Our Lord’s Nativity.  The Light has come into this world of darkness and brings truth, life and freedom from sin and its evil effects.  The Son of…

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Ave Maria

Feast Of The Immaculate Conception 2020 This feast day honors the infallible teaching of the Church that the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her existence, was free from original sin and all sin by reason of the future merits of her Son’s Passion and Death.  Her redemption is unlike ours because hers…

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O Mary, We Crown Thee Today

Feast Of Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary 2020 Today’s Gospel is from St. Luke who records the mystery of the Annunciation as he learned it from Our Lady.  This is the first mystery of the Rosary which is meant to be a garland of roses in honor of the Blessed Mother.  The history of…

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Our Souls Must Rule Our Bodies

14th Sunday After Pentecost 2020 This week has two Marian feasts: the Nativity and the Most Holy Name of Mary.  These give us the opportunity to increase our devotion to the Blessed Mother for her role in our salvation, sanctification and protection.  In the Epistle for today St. Paul warns his converts again of the…

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Beg For Fidelity

11th Sunday After Pentecost 2020 This Sunday continues the renewal of the Paschal mystery with the account from St. Paul’s epistle of the several appearances of the Risen Lord before His Ascension – one to over 500 people.  The Gospel about the cure of the deaf mute is so impressive that it has been incorporated…

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