Articles from August, 2014

22nd Sunday: Embrace the Cross

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If anyone wants to become my disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mt 16:24) As we continue our reading of St. Matthew’s Gospel and enter more fully into the Mystery of our Lord’s identity and mission as Messiah, we learn in today’s Gospel passage that if we wish to follow Jesus we must do so on His terms, not ours; no matter how well-intentioned we may consider ourselves to be. Surely, this is the case ... (Continue reading)

21st Sunday: You are the Christ

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You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16:16). St. Peter’s statement of faith is the foundation of the Christian faith, just as it is the foundation of the Church’s life and mission. Christians are so called because we believe in the divinity of Christ; namely, that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial ... (Continue reading)

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Kissing Death on the Lips

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My husband’s granny passed away last week—suddenly, from a brain aneurism. She had her bath (she would be mortified I told you that) and went to her room. We are told that she laid herself down on the bed and never got up again. She was such a feisty woman I don’t think she could have passed any other way—no shilly-shallying around, she just up and died, God rest her soul. I am happy for her but I am sad for myself ... (Continue reading)

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Islam, the Rosary, and the Battle of Lepanto

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In Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know, Diane Moczar traces the rise of Islamic terrorism and writes about the Battle of Lepanto, a decisive victory won by the power of the Rosary. Islamic terrorism began in the seventh century when Arabs began attacking Christian Europe. One of the most famous battles was the Battle of Tours in 732 AD when Charles "the Hammer" Martel took a stand and defeated the Islamic forces. In the East, the Byzantine Empire was also under siege. Pope Urban ... (Continue reading)

20th Sunday: The sacrament of unity

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For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples (Is 56:7). The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in our hearing. The sacred assembly (synaxis) of the Church, universally and locally is always sacramental; that is to say, it is a sign of the Church as the sacrament of unity. Any assembly of the faithful, be it small or great, is always a participation in the unity and universality of the Church. The vision of the Prophet Isaiah alludes to ... (Continue reading)

I am Nazarene

N is for Nazarene (solidarity)

As I write this, I am sitting in a quiet, darkened corner of the hotel suite where my husband and our three youngest children and I are enjoying the second week of our vacation along the coast of Maine and Massachusetts. We are delighting in warm sandy beaches, historical sites, sleeping in, and even a bit of restrained shopping at an outlet mall. These two weeks remind me of the very privileged life God has granted my family. When I scan ... (Continue reading)

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19th Sunday: The merciful presence of God

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And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence (1 Kings 19: 12). The Prophet Elijah’s mysterious encounter with the Lord in the sheer silence was not unlike the experience of Peter and the disciples once Jesus and Peter got into the boat. "The wind ceased" (Mt 14: 33). In the quiet and calm that is experienced after a storm, "those in the boat worshipped hum, saying, 'Truly you are the Son ... (Continue reading)

18th Sunday: The medicine of immortality

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Jesus saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. ... And all ate and were filled (Mt 14: 14; 20). The healing of the sick and the feeding of the multitude prefigure the miracle that is the Mass throughout the ages. We do not think of the Eucharist as a Sacrament of healing but in our tradition we do speak of the Eucharist as the medicine of immortality. St. Thomas Aquinas, the author of so ... (Continue reading)

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