Know The Risen Christ

3rd Sunday After Easter 2020 At the midway point between Easter and the Ascension we look back and ahead.  Our Lenten penances have prepared us for the revelation of the Risen Christ and the renewal of our baptismal vows.  We attest our faith in this fundamental proof of all Jesus said and did.  This month…

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She Is In Bitter Grief

Good Friday 2020 The Church mourns the death of God in an even more dramatic way this year.  The Solemn Liturgical Action expresses this loss through the Passion of St. John and the two prophecies.  Then we join with Christ on the Cross for His universal prayers for all.  We venerate our means of salvation…

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Jesus, Come To Me, Embrace Me

Palm Sunday 2020 While unable to attend Mass, we must be more devout at home, especially by practicing spiritual communion.  The Indwelling of the Blessed Trinity and the action of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in our souls will inspire us.  That type of inspiration is what moved the people in Jerusalem to proclaim…

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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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Spiritual Communion

3rd Sunday of Lent 2020 St. Paul teaches us the importance of imitating God during Lent.  These are trying times which offer us the opportunity to face them as Our Lord would.  In the Gospel we see how the insincere twist even the holy works of Christ to their own destruction.  This account ends with…
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Learn As A Catechumen In Lent

2nd Sunday of Lent 2020 Lent is a long retreat for catechumens to prepare for Baptism and for penitents to prepare for Communion. We follow in their footsteps as we learn from each of the Lenten Masses as seen, for example, in this week’s story of Esau and Jacob.  Today’s Epistle stresses God’s holy will…

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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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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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Why We Need A Redeemer

Septuagesima Sunday 2020 After the story of St. Apollonia this sermon explains the meaning of St. Paul’s Epistle for this Sunday which marks a new liturgical season of Septuagesima and the beginning of the road to Easter.  St. Paul warns us not to presume on our merits. The scripture readings for this week remind us…
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