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4th Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph simply obeyed

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Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it done to me according to your word.' (Lk 1:38) On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, as the Solemn Feast of Christmas draws near, the Sacred Liturgy invites us to be one with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, our Lord’s Foster Father; that we may learn from them how to approach and how to serve the Mystery of God made Man, the Word Made Flesh. The ... (Continue reading)

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3rd Sunday of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is near

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His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation (Lk 1:4). Once again on this third Sunday of Advent we encounter the figure of John the Baptist, "the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.'" In the Liturgy of Advent John bears witness to the Messiah through his call to repentance; an invitation that is ancient and ever new, and ever relevant. Just as important as the message, ... (Continue reading)

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2nd Sunday of Advent: The call to conversion

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John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mk 1:4). The Gospel of the Mass on this second Sunday of Advent introduces us to John the Baptist, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths." John the Baptist is one of the three Advent guides who, during this time of preparation for Christmas, lead us towards our encounter with the living God ... (Continue reading)

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First Sunday of Advent: Sacred Liturgy

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Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand (Is 64:8). The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. In the cycle of the sacred liturgy, this is Year B, during which the Sunday Gospel readings will be taken from the Gospel of St. Mark. At the school of discipleship that is our life in Christ, we will recall the great deeds ... (Continue reading)

Solemnity of Christ the King: God’s Sovereignity over all

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How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To Him belong glory and power for ever and ever (Entrance Antiphon; Rv. 5:12; 1:6). On this, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate the great Feast of Christ the Universal King and contemplate Him as both the Good Shepherd and the Lord of history. "All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another ... (Continue reading)

33rd Sunday: The duty of talent

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So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober (1 Thes 5:6). As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the Scripture lessons of the Mass direct our attention towards the coming of our Lord, the Day of the Lord when judgment will be given and they history of salvation will be fulfilled. The biblical readings also make it clear that it is absolutely impossible to determine in advance the date and ... (Continue reading)

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: A call to holiness.

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Brothers and sisters, you are God’s building. ... For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:9, 17) Today we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in the year 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and now known as St. John Lateran, this ancient church is universally recognised as the Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World (Omnium ... (Continue reading)

All Souls Day: holy souls in Purgatory

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I am the resurrection and the Life, says the Lord. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will no die for ever (Cf. Jn 11:25-26, Communion Antiphon). The Commemoration of all the faithful departed or All Souls' Day is a yearly occurrence that highlights a daily practice of the Church: the loving remembrance of our faithful departed in the Canon of the Mass. This memory that we keep daily and observe ... (Continue reading)

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30th Sunday: We will not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.

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On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets (Mt 22:40). Our Gospel text contains what is sometimes referred to as the Great Commandment, encompassing both the love of God and the love of neighbour: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbour as you love yourself" (Mt 22:40). This formula is, in essence, a summary of the Ten Commandments. It is ... (Continue reading)

29th Sunday: The truth of Christ

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Worship the Lord in holy splendour; tremble before Him all the earth. Say among the nations, "The Lord is King! He will judge the peoples with equity" (Ps 96). Today is World Mission Sunday and Catholics throughout the whole world are invited to pray and sacrifice for the mission of the Church. Today, even the poorest parishes around the world give from their poverty to support the propagation of the Gospel. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith reminds us ... (Continue reading)

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