Unlikely Icons of Advent Reply

Today’s first reading presents a story from the Book of Judges that parallels St. Luke’s  narrative of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus Christ — the story of Samuel.

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Israel’s Judges were “warrior-prophets” who rose up and delivered their people from their enemies, kind of like Braveheart.

The implication of pairing this passage from Judges with the Announcement of John the Baptist’s birth in today’s Gospel reading is that both of these figures point forward to the Coming of Christ. The fact that both stories bear strong similarities with the Archangel’s Annunciation to the Virgin Mary also suggest that, in some way, Samuel is what we call a type of Christ, which is problematic, given Samuel’s checkered past.

 What are we to make of this? More…

Advent Vitamins Reply

O Advent, thou season of preparation!

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Advent began this year on December 1.

Maybe you’re feeling a bit down, because you missed it.

Or maybe you’re too bogged down in worldly affairs this “Holiday Season,” and you just aren’t feeling it yet.

Maybe You even forgot to be joyful on Gaudete Sunday. Not what you hoped it would be?

Buck up! Even Scrooge caught the spirit in the eleventh hour, and so can you. Need a boost? More…

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For Gaudete Sunday and Third Week of Advent

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“Rorate caeli de super et nubes pluant iustum” The Sacred Hymn “Rorate Caeli” translates, “Let dew come down from heaven above, and the clouds rain down justice.” (Isaiah 45:8)

What comes to your mind when you think of Advent?

Hope, patience, waiting, expectation, preparation, peace and love, and of course, Christmas are the most common Advent memes. The idea is to reflect, pray, and live these virtues to prepare for our Lord’s coming, at Christmas.

Now, what about vindication? More…

Married to the Church Reply

Something in me wants to pick up writing/blogging again. Waiting for the bug to bite, maybe a little inspiration from friends. Speaking of friends, here’s a post from a friend of mine — Hi Rob! — a fellow volunteer with me at our parish RCIA for the last 5 years. He’s got quite a story…

73 Books Blog

Jesus the Bridegroom is an excellent book by Brant Pitre that does a great job of bringing to light the bigger picture of salvation history through the lens of a courtship and marriage of God to his people. Drawing from the continual references throughout the bible to marriage, Brant opens up the world of the Jewish people in a way that most Christians of today have never considered. By connecting ourselves to this world we become more enlightened and familiar with the customs and practices, and find ourselves understanding the words and actions of Jesus more clearly.

While pondering these thoughts and reflecting on my own personal experiences, I began to form a slightly different analogy that I’d like to share. As I considered the idea of courtship and marriage to God and His Church, I started to draw parallels between my Protestant days and my Catholic conversion and how…

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Pardon me while I work on my rock-step

I get asked a lot, nowadays, “What happened to Biltrix?” which is not so hard to explain as the more usual question I get asked, “What’s a Biltrix?”

The short answer, I’ve taken up ballroom dancing. The longer answer raises an even more peculiar question, “What’s an alpaca?” More…

Christ’s Peace, the Antidote to the Pitfall of Presumption 3

"Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find peace for your soul."

Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find peace for your soul. (Image: Rembrandt, Head of Christ)

Today’s Gospel passage (Matt 11:25-30) is beautiful, refreshing, and reassuring. Jesus invites us to seek consolation from him, offers to share our burdens, and encourages us to follow and learn from him as a way to find true inner peace and happiness. More…

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and the Tradition of the Pallium 4

Pope Francis investing an Archbishop with the pallium

Pope Francis investing an Archbishop with the pallium

Today in the city of Rome, 27 Archbishops, will receive the pallium from Pope Francis during a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica.

What’s a Pallium?

The pallium is a white woollen garment that archbishops wear around their neck, like a yoke, as a sign of their metropolitan office. Traditionally, new archbishops receive the pallium from the pope on this day — the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul More…