The Meaning of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
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The Meaning of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

The earlist commentators on the Gospels – the Church Fathers – explain the meaning of the three gifts (cf. Matthew 2:11). Gold because the Holy Child truly is a King. Frankinsence because the Holy Child truly is God. Myrrh because the Holy Child is destined to be a Sacrifice. Friends, we have been made by...

January 6, 2014January 6, 2014by
Flight Into Egypt
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Flight Into Egypt

Mary and Joseph joyfully recount the astonishing events of God’s provident care –  safe passage to Bethlehem, the birth and healthy child, choirs of angels, shepherd admirers, mysterious adorers from the Orient.  The Son of God Himself crying, sleeping and cooing in their own very arms! Then, having been told  by God to leave Bethlehem...

January 6, 2014January 6, 2014by
Simeon’s Prophecy and Redemptive Suffering
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Simeon’s Prophecy and Redemptive Suffering

From their outset their lives, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are stamped with the sign of the Cross. Old Simeon indicates the pain that awaits Mary along her journey across the earthly stage: “Simeon blessed them [Jesus, Mary and Joseph] and said to Mary his [Jesus’] mother, ‘Behold, this child is destined for the fall and...

January 3, 2014January 3, 2014by
Approaching God as a Friend
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Approaching God as a Friend

We call friends by their first names. God Himself gives us His holy name through the message of angel, a name that signals His mission: Jesus means Savior. He brings us true and lasting peace. Call Our Lord God by His Name – Jesus. Speak to Jesus and make clear to Him that you love...

January 2, 2014January 2, 2014by
Mary, Mother of God
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Mary, Mother of God

Since my dad’s death last May, I especially enjoy meeting people who knew my dad. I want to hear about him and am thrilled whenever anyone wants to tell me how they knew him. Especially meaningful have been encounters with people who knew my dad in ways I never did from from his Wisconsin childhood...

January 1, 2014January 1, 2014by
Living Intentionally and Prayefully
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Living Intentionally and Prayefully

As the sun sets on 2013, let us not miss the important moment to reflect prayerfully on God’s graces and blessings that have been recevied this past year. If new year’s resolutions are of interest, commit to the discipline of daily prayer. Don’t worry about the length nor the actual words, simply show up with...

December 31, 2013December 31, 2013by
Making Our Way to God Like Children
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Making Our Way to God Like Children

This Christmas, let us make our way to Bethlehem with the humilty and exuberance of  children. That is, go to God without with souls wide open to divine grace, expecting to encounter the Living God and showing Him with our love, affection and devotion. When Jesus plainly states that only those who become like children...

December 19, 2013December 19, 2013by
Clean Hearts and Seeing God
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Clean Hearts and Seeing God

Jesus wants us to see clearly and live fully: “Blessed are the clean of heart for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8 NAB). According to Jesus, only the pure of heart are able to see and savor the divine beauty. Those unable to see the Glory of God are blind to that which always and...

December 16, 2013December 16, 2013by
Close Call
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Close Call

In Eucharistic Prayer II the following formulation is prayed aloud as the priest extends his hands over the offernigs: “Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall.” After 7 inches of snow yesterday, I nearly slipped this morning and said “…like the snowfall.”

December 15, 2013December 15, 2013by