Faith And Gratitude At Easter

Easter Vigil & Midnight Mass 2020 These are the last moments of Lent and culminate in the greatest vigil of the liturgical year.  This ceremony has many elements which we review before starting so we worship with the utmost awareness and devotion.  We have the Paschal fire and candle, the Praeconium, the lessons, the blessing…
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Deliver Us, O Lord

Passion Sunday 2020 The last two weeks of Lent are the most sacred and have a special name, Passiontide.  In today’s Gospel, Our Lord proclaimed His Divinity with the result that He had to hide from those who wanted to stone Him.  The Church incorporates this into Passiontide by hiding Christ and all the reminders…

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Bride, Spouse and Victim

Laetare Sunday 2020 – Carmelite Clothing Day This is a joyful day and a preparation for the total gift of self that is to come at the religious profession.  All has been left behind and that includes any reliance on self because now it is time to rely on God alone.  Religious life is the…

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Patron Of All

Feast Of Saint Joseph 2020 St. Joseph is described as a just man in the Gospel which means he was deeply religious.  His virtues prepared him for his vocation to be the spouse of the Blessed Mother and foster father of the Son of God.  His fears after the Annunciation were about his own worthiness…

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In Heaven We Will Meet Again

Funeral Mass March 7, 2020 Our first duty in the face of death is to pray for the soul of the faithful departed so that she may be released from Purgatory as soon as possible.  We have confidence because all the consolations of the Faith through the sacraments were given to the deceased but we…

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What Is Keeping Me From God?

First Sunday of Lent 2020 This sermon begins with a review of the Lenten regulations and a recalling of the life and the struggle for his vocation of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose feast is this week.  Then we learn about the sacramental of ashes which is a powerful aid during this season which offers us…

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Child Of Grace

Quinquagesima Sunday 2020 The Epistle for today teaches the importance of the supernatural virtue of charity which is not to be confused with natural human kindness.  Charity not only enables us to love God and neighbor but it gives us knowledge beyond the highest attainable during our earthly lives.  Today was also the clothing day…

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The Grace Of Ashes

Ash Wednesday 2020 The origins of this day date back to the beginning when God told Adam after his fall that he was dust and unto dust he would return.  To counter the sin of pride by eating the forbidden fruit we are called to practice humility by fast and abstinence.  All peoples have felt…
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Lost And Saved Through A Tree

Sexagesima Sunday 2020 The Divine Office for this week recounts the story of Noah and his Ark.  This is the type for Christ and His saving Cross which undo the fall of Adam caused by his eating the forbidden fruit of the tree in Paradise.  We learn also that God’s grace is offered to us…
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The Fountain of All Graces

Feast Of The Holy Name of Jesus 2019 Tomorrow is the feast of the Epiphany and it commemorates the showing forth of God made Man and His dwelling among us.  The feast marks three manifestations: first, to the Magi, second, Christ’s Baptism and third, the wedding feast at Cana.  Today’s feast celebrates the Savior’s Name…
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