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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father. (Gal 4:6; Communion Antiphon) Each year, the Sunday following the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorates the Mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the Mystery of God Himself (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234). The Catechism teaches that "by sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the ... (Continue reading)

Saving the Church

Msgr. Foy

At the present time, in many countries the Church is in grave danger because of the contraceptive mentality and many other evils. To save the Church, many reforms are necessary. I am listing some suggestions for this purpose. Build a Culture of Life Father John Hardon SJ (died 30 December 2000) was surely one of the greatest theologians of the last century. Near the end of his life he gave a lecture entitled “The Greatest Moral Responsibility: to convert the Contraceptive ... (Continue reading)

Pentecost Sunday: The Spirit of Truth

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When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. (Jn 15:26) With the Solemnity of Pentecost which today we celebrate with joy and thanksgiving, the seven weeks of Easter come to an end and Christ our Lord’s "Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given ... (Continue reading)

The Ascension of our Lord

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Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven (Acts 1:11). Our Lord’s Ascension which we celebrate today is both a historical and transcendent event (Catechism of the Catholic Church 660). Sacred Scripture speaks of this event as both an established historical fact observed by sensible experience (Cf. Lk 24:50) and as a theological event; that is to say ... (Continue reading)

6th Sunday of Easter: We become His friends

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You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (Jn 15:14-15) We are nearly at the end of the Easter Season, a privileged time of catechesis or instruction for both the newly baptized and for all of us who renewed ... (Continue reading)

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5th. Sunday of Easter: Abide in Me as I abide in you

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Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abide in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. (Jn. 15:4). In today’s Gospel reading, Our Lord speaks of the reality of our union with Him as a mutual indwelling (perichoresis). Abide in me as I abide in you. These words are not meant to be understood metaphorically or symbolically. They express the reality of our life in Christ ... (Continue reading)

4th. Sunday of Easter: Vicariousness

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I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep (Jn. 10:11). Today is Good Shepherd Sunday and as we continue to celebrate the Feast of Easter, we contemplate the figure of Jesus, the Good Shepherd "who has risen and who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock" (Communion Antiphon Fourth Sunday of Easter, The Roman Missal). The Gospel reading of the Mass today emphasises the absolute freedom with which ... (Continue reading)

3rd Sunday of Easter: Christ, the Atoning Sacrifice

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Jesus Christ the righteous…he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 Jn 2:1-2) The Easter Season is a privileged time of catechesis or instruction both for the newly-baptized and for all of us who renewed our baptismal vows on Easter Sunday. This liturgical catechesis is called mystagogy because it draws us into the Mystery of Christ. This mystery is not a riddle or a fable but ... (Continue reading)

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Easter Sunday: O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is received

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Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia (Communion Antiphon, Easter Sunday, The Roman Missal). On this holiest of days, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the crowning truth of our faith. Our solemn celebration of Paschal Triduum began on Holy Thursday with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper during which we contemplated the gift and mystery of the Holy ... (Continue reading)

5th Sunday of Lent: Passiontide

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‘And I when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death He was to die. (Jn 12:33) The veiled statues and images in our church indicate that we have entered into what was once known as Passiontide. The sacred liturgy leads us to ponder and to reflect on the saving mystery of our Lord’s sacred Passion which our Lord refers to as His hour. "Now my soul is ... (Continue reading)

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