Yes, the Pope’s Speech Monday Is Pretty Awesome

It’s also very typical of him. Give or take a few details, it’s a great guide to an examination of conscience for anyone. (More thoughts here.) As Greg Erlandson puts it in a column in Our Sunday Visitor reflecting on the North Korean Sony hacking (of all things!): As Catholics, we know that none of [Read More...]

When I Hear ‘Peace’

I think silence. I think Silent Night. I think of the continuity between Christmas and Easter. And I remember we must get on with being missionary people, already. Which, of course, is only made possible done in prayer, with the grace only God’s peaceful, merciful love can provide. [Read more...]

Anything Is Possible with God

It’s the message of Christmas and Easter, isn’t it? This comes from Saint Augustine via the Liturgy of the Hours today and drives that point home with some appropriate zeal: Beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal creator of all things, today became our Savior by being born of a mother. Of his own will [Read More...]

Be Raised to the Most High

From Saint Augustine, via dailygospel.org: Christ was to come in our flesh, not another, neither angel nor ambassador, Christ himself was to come to save us (Is 35,4)… He was to be born in mortal flesh: a baby laid in a crib, wrapped in swaddling bands, suckled, who would grow up as the years passed [Read More...]

God Has Done the Impossible! Do We Believe?

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Today in his Ubi et Orbi message, Pope Benedict challenges us with the reality of Christmas: In this world there is a good soil which God has prepared, that he might come to dwell among us. A dwelling place for his presence in the world. This good earth exists, and today too, in 2012, from [Read More...]

Let Us Go to Bethlehem

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From B16 at the Christmas vigil Mass: Let us go over to Bethlehem, says the Church’s liturgy to us today. Trans-eamus is what the Latin Bible says: let us go “across”, daring to step beyond, to make the “transition” by which we step outside our habits of thought and habits of life, across the purely [Read More...]

For Your Sake

(And mine!) How about a little Saint Augustine to get us into the Christmas Eve groove? Via the Liturgy of the Hours today: Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became [Read More...]

Ephesus Gets Us Closer to Nazareth, Closer to Bethlehem

At the Council of Ephesus, Saint Cyril of Alexandria delivered a sermon in praise of Mary, Mother of God: Mary, Mother of God, we salute you. Precious vessel, worthy of the whole world’s reverence, you are an ever-shining light, the crown of virginity, the symbol of orthodoxy, an indestructible temple, the place that held him [Read More...]


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