My Advent song pick for today is Veni, Veni Emmanuel (Version by Mannheim Steamroller)
There’s nothing like Christmas music to set the tone and stir up our hearts for Christmas.
Nothing except Advent music, of course, because Advent hymns are designed specifically for the Season before Christmas that we’re in now.
I have many Advent tunes I like a lot. This one, however, has always been my favorite. More…
What is your favorite Advent Hymn?
Not that I know tuns and tuns of Advent Carols, but here are a few to vote on:
Veni, Veni Emmanuel:
From the Preface of the Mass
For he assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh,
and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago,
and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,
that, when he comes again in glory and majesty
and all is at last made manifest,
we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise
in which now we dare to hope.
One of my favorite Christmas songs begins: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks… More…
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Today, I decided to reblog an old post related to today’s Gospel reading on the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. I added a simple but probably familiar poem at the end for further reflection on the transience of temporal things, which our liturgy invites us to consider this time every year as a perpetual reminder.
“I am waiting for peace.”
“And what is peace?” I asked.
The store owner replied, “When the words of the Prophet in the holy book are fulfilled.”
Of course what he meant was, “When the world is converted to Islam.” More…
Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 20: 27-38) opens with a question aimed at tripping Jesus up. The first word out of the Sadducees mouth reveals how might have known better. Had they known better, they might not have tried to school the Master.
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying: Teacher,…
Today Jesus gives us his mission statement: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
In other words, Christ’s whole life was for others. Everything he did and said was aimed at bringing people back home to the Father’s house, back onto the path of true happiness.
That is still his mission, today. More…
“I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”
More often than not, it is near impossible to find the connection between the second reading and the Gospel for Sunday’s liturgy. The reason for this is that, more often than not, there’s not one, because the liturgy of the word is designed that way. The first reading and the Gospel always have some connection: The Lord fulfilling an Old Testament prophesy, for example. The responsorial psalm, often echoes a sentiment from the first reading, to reinforce its message. But the second reading More…
Fr Joseph Tham is a Catholic Priest, has doctoral degrees in medicine and bioethics, and is a contributor to Biltrix. In this article he presents a four-fold model for assessing the medical professional’s role in society, based on some reflections ten years after the 2003 SARS epidemic.
In early September, I participated in a conference on “SARS epidemic: ethical reflection and prospects” in Hong Kong. The 2003 global epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome was particularly devastating in Hong Kong. About 1800 people were infected, 300 of whom died, including 8 medical personnel. The Bioethics Resource Centre of the Catholic Diocesan Committee for Bioethics of Hong Kong organized the education event with the sponsorship of different hospitals, nursing and doctor guilds. More…