Articles Tagged ‘repentance’

15th Sunday: The call to repentance

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So the twelve went out and proclaimed that all should repent. (Mk 6:13) The call to repentance is fundamental to the preaching of our Lord Jesus Christ as it was also in the preaching of St. John the Baptist, the Lord’s precursor and all the prophets before him, including Amos, whose prophecy we heard in our first reading. Not surprisingly, Amos is told to go away because his prophecy condemns external religious ceremony that covers moral corruption and is not accompanied by ... (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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Late have I loved You

Late have I loved You, beauty so old and so new; late have I loved You... If part of that famous passage from Book Ten in Augustine's Confessions were lifted out of the book and read independently, it could be interpreted as a love letter—a breathtakingly sublime, swooning-in-your-arms ode to one's beloved. In fact, that is exactly what it is: Augustine's passionate declaration of love to his Beloved. It seems fitting to reflect on this passage during Lent. I don't need to have an ... (Continue reading)

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