Christ, the New Temple

In the Gospel Sunday, Jesus meets John the Baptist. Fr. Robert Barron of Word on Fire fame writes about it in the monthly Magnificat magazine this month: All four of the Gospels compel us to approach Jesus through the figure of John the Baptist. They seem to imply that John provides an indispensable interpretive key [Read More...]

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St. Nicholas and the Gratuitous Generosity of God

Saturday marks the feast of St. Nicholas. The optional collect for the Mass for the day is an appropriate prayer: We humbly implore your mercy, Lord: protect us in all dangers through the prayers of the Bishop Saint Nicholas, that the way of salvation may lie open before us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your [Read More...]

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Are We Facebook Friends with God?

Dominican priest Fr. Ambrose Little reflects on the Gospel reading for this Thursday in a way that might resonate with a lot of us who are on Facebook or other social media: My brother once told me about how he knew his list of friends on Facebook was getting out of control. He noticed a [Read More...]

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Jesus Comes to Strengthen & Renew Creation

Dec. 4 is the feast of St. John Damascene, a Syrian who lived from around 676 until 749. In his writings, this Doctor of the Church explains that a fallen humanity needed God’s tremendous gift of Himself: It was necessary for nature to be strengthened and renewed, and for the path of virtue to be [Read More...]

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O God, We Love Thee

The hymn O Deus Ego Amo Te (“O God, I Love Thee”) is attributed to St. Francis Xavier, the Spanish Jesuit missionary and student of Jesuit founder Ignatius Loyola, whose feast we celebrate each year on Dec. 3. Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., is among those who have provided English translations: I love thee, God, [Read More...]

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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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