Make Space for Beauty (12/2)
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Make Space for Beauty (12/2)

As a divine attribute, of course beauty stirs the soul. It properly allures and captivates. Whatever the resplendent form – architecture, art, music, nature, literature, trusted friendship, conversation with God – when beauty is recognized it elicits wonder and awe within the beholder. Time stops, worries disappear, self-promotion ceases. It both surprises and consoles. It...

December 2, 2019December 2, 2019by
Advent Begins (11/30)
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Advent Begins (11/30)

ADVENT is the four-week period the Church graciously offers so that we can ready ourselves to celebrate Christmas well. And, at the same, time we thoughtfully consider God’s other advents – our own death and His glorious arrival at the end of the age. Christians, make the most of the splendid opportunities these days of...

November 30, 2019November 30, 2019by
Growing Thanks (11/27)
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Growing Thanks (11/27)

The Gospel passage chosen for Mass on Thanksgiving Day is the especially moving story of the ten lepers whom Jesus heals (Luke 17:11-19). Jesus acts in the same way with us; it is always He who heals us. Only one of the ten lepers cured feels the need to return and thank our blessed Lord...

November 27, 2019November 27, 2019by
Make Your Way to the King! (11/25)
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Make Your Way to the King! (11/25)

Let our yearning soul lead us to the divine King! Christ Jesus awaits our arrival. He presents Himself to us under an appearance so loving, so welcoming, stretching out His arms on the Cross to invite all to make their way to Him. The visible wound in His side symbolizes His love for us. Flee...

November 25, 2019November 25, 2019by
Grace of Self-Knowledge (11/21)
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Grace of Self-Knowledge (11/21)

Humility is the required route toward recognizing that none of us is the owner of their life. Each of us belongs to the Lord God and it is to Him that we are accountable for the life He has given us.

November 21, 2019November 21, 2019by
Christ the King [C] November 24, 2019
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Christ the King [C] November 24, 2019

The Feast of Christ the King is a response to the alarming rise of 20th century despotism denying God’s absolute and perfect sovereignty. Dictators violently asserted authority over peoples and suspended religious liberties. At the core of this feast, we boldly declare the inherent dignity all people and our corresponding duty to worship the Lord...

November 20, 2019November 20, 2019by
Thérèse on the Eucharistic Lord Jesus (9/29)
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Thérèse on the Eucharistic Lord Jesus (9/29)

“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you – for you alone? He burns with desire to come into your heart…go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love.”   + Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower

September 30, 2019September 30, 2019by
Preaching Notes (Sun) 9/29
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Preaching Notes (Sun) 9/29

As a child, Thérèse went to Sunday Mass. Even after the death of her mother, her father continued this habit every Sunday with the children. It was through her encounter with the Eucharistic Lord Jesus that she received special graces. Showing up always is the first step. During her First Communion, she suddenly experienced an...

September 30, 2019September 30, 2019by
Mass is the Center (9/17)
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Mass is the Center (9/17)

Mass is the center of the Christian life. Everything else Christian – the prayers we pray, the Scripture we read, the corporal works of mercy we perform, the spiritual disciplines we practice – finds their meaning in the Mass and never apart from it.

September 17, 2019September 17, 2019by