The Gift Of Lent

First Sunday in Lent 2018 Grace is present at every moment for us but especially during Lent.  We, as Christians, must not be a scandal to those in the world.  Lent is our retreat and it is dangerous to our spiritual life not to realize this.  The virtue of chastity cannot be practiced without constant help from…
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God Will Hear Us

Ash Wednesday 2018 In 1741 the pope declared that Lent is the true sign of the Christian fighting for his salvation by means of penance through fasting which is understood by the receiving of the sacramental of ashes today.  The entire Septuagesima season focused our attention on sin and our identifying the predominant fault we want…
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Deny Our Lord Nothing

Feast Of The Holy Family 2018 From St. Paul’s Epistle for the feast of the Holy Family we learn about charity and mercy.  We are bound to forgive whenever someone is truly sorry for his offenses against us. The Gospel for this feast is about the finding of Our Lord in the Temple which St.…
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In His Will Is Our Peace

Octave Day of Nativity 2018 The Sacred Liturgy, like nature itself, anticipates great feasts, celebrates them and only gradually leaves them.  So Christmas has its First Vespers, its three Masses and then a week to relish the reality of the Incarnation before renewing the mystery again on its octave day, today.  We also have the…
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Today You Know Christ Is Coming

Vigil Of Christmas 2017 At the vigil Mass the joy of Christmas is already felt and this happy way that we receive the Infant King reassures us that His second coming will not be a harsh one for us.  On this last day of Advent St. Joseph is brought before us as the worthy descendant…
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He Must Rule

Christ the King 2017 The feast of Christ The King sums up our faith in the Incarnate God and makes us pray “Thy Kingdom Come.”  As good subjects we should know the catechism, pray and give ourselves in return for the divine self sacrifice of Our Lord.  We have the examples of the saints who…
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St. Joseph Is Essential To Redemption

Feast Of St. Joseph 2017 St. Joseph was a holy man who fulfilled the law with devotion and heart-felt piety.  He was chosen to be the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to be the foster-father of the Son of God.  In that capacity he was the image of God the Father.  As the…
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Behave, Believe And Love the Angels

20th Sunday after Pentecost 2016 The Introit of this Mass reminds us that we suffer because of the misfortunes of life and we can avoid this by behaving and practicing virtue.  The Gospel teaches the importance of believing in order to gain favors, even miracles, from God.  Finally, we have been given guardian angels and…
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Peace: Our Reward For Virtue

4th Sunday after Pentecost Father first reminds us of the wonderful Feasts on the calendar this week, particularly that of St. Anthony – called the Wonder Worker because of his tremendous impact on the Church after his relatively short life on earth.  Subsequently, Father turns to the readings for today’s Mass and concentrates on the…
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Virtue of Virtues

3rd Sunday after Easter After explaining why St. George became a popular saint and reading the Epistle and Gospel, Father briefly explains the “little while” of today’s Gospel and then gives a close reading of the Epistle in which St. Peter instructs us on the moral life.   The key is the practice of obedience…
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