O Adonai 3

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

When the Lord appeared to Moses in the burning bush, he revealed himself as “I AM,” in Hebrew, YHWH. Then he added: More…

O Antiphons During the Christmas Novena 3

God Is With Us

God Is With Us

During the last 9 days before Christmas, the Christmas Novena, the Church invites us to meditate on the Incarnation of the Son of God and his coming to us as a child born of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Church has special prayers during these days called the O Antiphons, which are prayed each night along with the Magnificat during Evening Prayer for the Liturgy of the Hours. More…

O Wisdom, O Sapientia, Today’s O Antiphon Reply

Sede Sapientiae, ora pro nobis

Sede Sapientiae, ora pro nobis

“The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2-3)

Today, the Church contemplates the Incarnation of Divine Wisdom, who is the Word of God. More…

Advent Tip: Reach Out 1

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The world is smaller. We travel great distances easily; social media connects us; we know immediately everything that is going on. Yet, paradoxically, many people feel more lonely than ever.

Mary, after the Annunciation, teaches us a valuable lesson. She traveled through the hill county to bring the good news to Elizabeth, not an easy journey for anyone, especially a young pregnant girl. The joy and light of Christ needs to be shared.

It might be a good idea to stop and ask ourselves, More…

Advent Tip: Finding God’s Will 3

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Perhaps it’s the winter storm of ice and snow that’s turned my thoughts to the insightful and inspiring story of Fr Walter Ciszek, SJ. He wrote, “With God in Russia” and “He Leadeth Me”, documenting his spiritual journey during his 23 years in solitary confinement and in the labor camps of communist Russia after World War II. It was his utter reliance on God’s will that enabled him to endure.

His insight is brief and profoundly life changing: Don’t look for God’s will as something “out there” for you to obtain; rather, see the circumstances, people, everyday events, as it is presented today, as God’s will.

He writes, More…

Sweet Music Sets the Rejoicing Tone for Gaudete Sunday Reply

Rejoice in the Lord!

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice! Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. — Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob” — Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85:1

The Introit of today’s Mass invites us to Rejoice in the Lord.

Thanks. What’s an introit? More…

Advent Tip: Your Soul is the Manger 8

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There are many profound reasons why the newborn Jesus was laid in a manger, or better said, a feeding trough. It shows that right from the first moment of his life he is the bread of life, giving himself to us as food. Even the name Bethlehem means, “house of bread”. It also shows that Jesus has embraced poverty and so he identifies with all the poor of the world. It also shows that he is not afraid of humbling himself in order to dwell in an imperfect place. More…

The Advent of Joy 5

Desert Rose, a Sign of Contradiction, expresses the meaning and color of Gaudete Sunday

Desert Rose, a Sign of Contradiction, expresses the meaning and color of Gaudete Sunday

As I’m going over tomorrow’s readings for Gaudete Sunday, I find myself asking with John the Baptist, am I looking for the right thing?

The first words of the first reading: the desert and the parched land

Second reading, first words: Be Patient…

In the first line of the Gospel reading we learn: John the Baptist is in prison…. More…

Advent Tip: Life Itself is an Advent 2

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We all have an inner discontent that we feel, an inner thirst, an expectation of fullness that we haven’t yet achieved, a yearning and a longing for something. Remarkably, no matter how much we have or experience, no matter how good, never fully satisfies our thirst. We shouldn’t be afraid of this inner angst; rather, it’s good to recognize and embrace it, and recall that life itself has an advent dimension to it. Part of life is a longing for God to act. We are made for God and so we yearn for him. But we need to More…

The Virtue of Hope in Christian Life Reply

“May God our Father, enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may see the great hope to which we are called in Christ Jesus”(Ephesians 1:18).

Hope is the first characteristic in constructing this new creation born in Christ through baptism, how could it be otherwise?

From the very beginning of human existence, the battle for the human heart was at stake: More…