Consolation of the Transfiguration

2nd Sunday In Lent 2021 Our Lord took the three apostles who would soon be tested during His agony in the garden and showed them a glimpse of His divinity during the theophany on Mt. Tabor so they would be strengthened by the remembrance of it at that crucial time.  We too are consoled by…

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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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Warning Signs Of The End

First Friday Conference December 2020 Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas and the second coming of Christ.  The sacred liturgy has the ability because of God’s power to relive a past event like the Nativity, bring its graces to us in the present and prepare us for its fulfillment in the future with…

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We Will Reap What We Sow

15th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 Our Lady’s 30 days end this week so we must be grateful for the graces received through her intercession.  The Introit shows how God allows us to pray with confidence because of Christ the High Priest.  St. Paul warns us to labor for spiritual rewards so we will received incorruptible…

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The Intimate Love Of God

Good Shepherd Sunday 2020 The beautiful expanded account of the Gospel of the Good Shepherd is comforting and consoling.  We are free from fear and death.  As Catholics we do not simply submit to our demise as the animals do but we embrace it as Our Savior did.  A plenary indulgence is attached to such…

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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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A Renewal of Christmas

Sunday Within The Octave Of Christmas 2019 The eight days starting with Christmas are the daily celebration of the Incarnation and the Sunday within those days is a highlight of that.  Despite all the propaganda, we should adhere to the Church Fathers, not only in upholding the dogmas surrounding this feast like the virgin birth,…

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Christmas Is Hope

Christmas 2019 As we gather at the crib of Bethlehem we renew our belief in the fundamental truths of the Incarnation (God made Man) and the miraculous virgin birth (the Blessed Mother’s perpetual virginity).  After thousands of years of suffering in consequence of Adam’s sin this night marks the beginning of our redemption and the…

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Eternal Rest

All Souls Day 2019 Mother Mary Austin wrote movingly about the Holy Souls in Purgatory and her congregation was dedicated to helping them.  These saved individuals are holy but not perfect yet and fling themselves into Purgatory to be purified before entering God’s presence.  We have the responsibility to pray and to sacrifice for the…

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