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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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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Everything Is For The Saints

All Saints Day 2023 St. John expresses God’s love and mercy for the Hebrews in today’s passage from the Apocalypse, but it is also a call for all men.  Every man is called to be a saint.  The origins of this feast go back to the beginning of time, because even the angels are included…

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We Have No King But Christ

Christ The King 2023 Salvation is all that matters.  It is necessary that every person and every government should be Catholic.  Today the Church authorities tell us that we must not make converts.  This is cruelty because charity demands that we help our neighbor.  Christ said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the…

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We Are Offered With Christ

20th Sunday after Pentecost 2023 The three principal parts of the Mass are the Offertory, the Consecration, and the Communion of the Priest.  If we miss one of these parts, we have not assisted at Mass.  We are united to the sacrifice and are offered up with Christ.  The Mass is the purpose of creation,…

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Running To Our Lord

Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus 2023 Investiture of Sister Rose Michael When the priest gives the habit of Mount Carmel, it is Christ Himself giving the habit and all the graces attached to it.  God wishes that a person embrace religion willingly, without any external pressure.  In poverty we place all our…

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