Breath of Life

My friend Fr. Steve Grunow gives a breathtakingly beautiful answer to a question Thomas L. McDonald posed to him about the Rosary. Asked: What is your relationship with the Rosary? Answered: The repetition of prayers in the Rosary is for me the surrendering of my own breath to the breath of the Holy Spirit. Well [Read More...]

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Why Advent?

Saint Charles Borromeo explains (hat tip, as we say, to ibreviary.com): Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced at last to see. [Read More...]

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Getting into the Advent Spirit

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Fr. Robert Barron popped into my inbox this morning (I subscribed to this daily Advent reflections! you can, too) with more to say about longing: I’ve always sensed that the Advent attitudes of waiting, expecting, hoping, and anticipating somehow speak to the deepest desires of our heart. That is probably because our whole existence here [Read More...]

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George Washington, the Blessed Mother, and #Advent

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As we begin the season of Advent, Fr. Peter John Cameron writes in The Magnificat Advent Companion about what we are called to enter in to: If you visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, you will notice something inside the mansion’s front door. On the left wall of the central passage hangs an [Read More...]

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Deep Longing, Sure Hope

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In his new book on The Feasts of the Church and how they form us as Catholics, Washington, D.C.’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl writes with Mike Aquilina about Advent: In Advent the Church prepares to receive the fullness of revelation. The Scriptures proclaimed at Mass convey a sense of deep longing, but also a sure hope [Read More...]

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Thanks be to God for Our Freedom from Sin in Him!

The preface for the Mass can be such a beautiful opportunity for reflection, drawing us deeper into the Eucharist and our lives as Christians. Thanksgiving Day is no exception: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through [Read More...]

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Thank God

In November 2006, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on thanksgiving: In our Christian families, children are taught to always thank the Lord prior to eating with a short prayer and the Sign of the Cross. This custom should be preserved or rediscovered, for it teaches people not to take their “daily bread” for granted but to [Read More...]

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The Way to a Fruitful Life

Knowing that evil exists in our lives but that Christ frees us from its chains is the key to freedom in this world. The life of a Christian is blessed by sacramental grace. Anything we can do to add to the soundtrack of sanctification, to have the air we breath be blessed, enriches everything we [Read More...]

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