True Prayer at Mass

It is rather late this year, but we have finally begun the holy season of Lent, this intense time in the Church’s life when we dedicate ourselves to what is most important: coming back to the Lord with our whole hearts through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The first of these three ancient Lenten disciplines, prayer, […]

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Behold, I Come to Do Thy Will!

Something incredible is about to happen! On this fourth and final Sunday of Advent, this year just the day before Christmas Eve, we are filled with expectation and longing for the coming of the Messiah. We listen as the prophet Micah foretells that Bethlehem of Judea, the lowliest of towns, will be the place from […]

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Planning for Christ’s Coming

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Have you ever had the experience of being tired and not understanding why? I remember when I was in college I would come home for Christmas break […]

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Glorified with God

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy is the Pantheon, visited by over six million people a year, and seen from outside by countless millions more. At nearly two thousand years old, it is the best-preserved ancient Roman structure, and is still the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. During the middle […]

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The Priesthood of Christ

“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” Before a priest is ordained, the Church requires that he make a week-long, silent retreat. When I was getting ready to make mine, my spiritual director instructed me to spend the week meditating on […]

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