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Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Third Week of Advent & St. John Kanty, December 23,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Third Week of Advent & St. John Kanty, December 23,2017

“Lo, I am sending my messenger.” The divine destiny of the Baptist resounds in the conviction of his mother’s voice: “He will be called John.” Elizabeth and Zechariah recognizes in this infant the one who “shows sinners the way.” The friendship of the Lord is with us – the new covenant.

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Opening Prayer

Father, we contemplate the birth of your Son.
He was born of the Virgin Mary
and came to live among us.
May we receive forgiveness and mercy
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Advent & Blessed Jacopone da Todi, December 22,1017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Advent & Blessed Jacopone da Todi, December 22,1017

The O Antiphon makes today a little Ash Wednesday: “Come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!” We cling to Mary’s hymn, certain with her that God will “remember his promise of mercy.” For “he raises the needy from the dust.” Like Hannah, Mary offers us to God.

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Opening Prayer:
God our Father, you sent your Son, to free us from the power of death. May we who celebrate the coming of Christ in the flesh share more fully in his divine life, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Advent & St. Peter Canisius, December 21,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Advent & St. Peter Canisius, December 21,2017

We cry “O Emmanuel, come to save us!” for “our soul waits for the Lord.” It is Mary who puts the mystery of God-with-us in front of us. The Visitation remains the way for us to encounter the Presence of the Infinite become flesh. The meaning Mary carries generates us.

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Opening Prayer:

Lord, hear the prayers of your people.
May we who celebrate the birth of your Son as man
Rejoice in the gift of eternal life when he comes in glory,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent & St. Dominic of Silos, December 20,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent & St. Dominic of Silos, December 20,2017

We are “the race that seeks the face of God.” But imprisoned by sin, we need the Key of David to open our prison gate. “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son.” Mary’s “full of grace” virginity guarantees our freedom. We seek the face of God in her.

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Opening Prayer: 
God of love and mercy,
help us to follow the example of Mary,
always ready to do your will.
At the message of an angel
she welcomed your eternal Son
and, filled with the light of your Spirit,
she became the temple of your Word,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week in Advent & Blessed Pope Urban V, December 19,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week in Advent & Blessed Pope Urban V, December 19,2017

As Zechariah entered the temple sanctuary, perhaps his heart sang, “You are my hope, O Lord; from my mother’s womb you are my strength.” God’s answer comes in a “consecrated boy” by which the barren Elizabeth is given a mother’s womb – a new fruit of the “root of Jesse’s stem.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus, you bring hope and restoration to your people. Restore and strengthen Christian family life today. Help me to love and serve my family. May your love rule in all my relationships and remove any barriers to peace and harmony.”  In your Name, I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Advent & Blessed Anthony Grassi, December 18,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Advent & Blessed Anthony GrassiDecember 18,2017

The “righteous shoot to David” that the Lord raises up in Christ comes to fruition because of the righteousness of the son of David, Joseph, who chooses to obey the promptings of an angel instead of his own ideas. Such conviction before what would otherwise seem preposterous is possible because of the living Presence in Mary’s womb. This is the “justice” to which the “righteous man” Joseph gives all his freedom, and it flourishes in his time. He awakes from the dream with the prayer, “Come to rescue us with your mighty power!” read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Advent B & St. Hildegard of Bingen, December 17,2017

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Advent B & St. Hildegard of Bingen, December 17,2017

This 3rd Sunday of Advent is “Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday. “Rejoice in the Lord,” for as miserable as life can seem at times, the reality is that God has clothed us “with a robe of salvation” that heals all our poverty, our broken hearts, our bondage. “He has mercy on those who fear him,” that is, those who fear only one thing: losing their relationship with the Lord. Therefore, “be preserved blameless for the coming of Jesus.” Even though in the troubles of life you may not recognize him, “the one who calls you is faithful.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week in Advent & Blessed Honoratus Kozminski, December 16,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week in Advent & Blessed Honoratus Kozminski, December 16,2017

The greatness of Elijah is that he “turned back the hearts of the fathers toward their sons.” “Original sin attempts to abolish fatherhood…. Placing in doubt the truth about God who is Love and leaving man only with a sense of their master-slave relationship” (St. John Paul II). John the Baptist, the new Elijah, removed our doubt and began to “restore all things” by turning our hearts back to the Father. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of Second Week of Advent & Blessed Mary Frances Schervier, December 15,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of Second Week of Advent & Blessed Mary Frances Schervier, December 15,2017

“The more God wishes to bestow on us, the more does he make us desire” (Saint John of the Cross). The great sin of the crowds whom Christ calls “this generation” is that, while being cynical and critical, they lack any meaningful desire. The Lord God promises, “If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river,” for those commandments reawaken in us the desire that draws us to God. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Advent & St. John of the Cross, December 14,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Advent & St. John of the Cross, December 14,2017

When Saint Teresa of Avila met John in 1568 A.D., she was convinced that God was calling the young priest to join her in the work of reforming the Carmelites. John became master of novices for the Discalced Carmelite friars and then spiritual director of Avila. When a backlash against the reformers occurred, members of his own order imprisoned John in a tiny cell in Toledo for nine months. John considered earthly sufferings an opportunity to be purged of love of self, that one might encounter God’s love. Passing through a period of interior darkness, he composed poems and spiritual canticles. One of his classic works is a commentary on the Song of Songs. Therese of Lisieux frequently quoted John of the Cross: “At the evening of our life we will be judged on love,” John said. His ardent, elegant writing earned him the title “Mystical Doctor.”  John died in 1591 A.D. read more