January 18, 2019

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Mother Mary’s Advice

The wedding at Cana

In the account of the Cana wedding feast, Mary gives the best advice anyone has ever given. These are Mary’s words to the wise: “Do whatever he [Jesus] tells you” (Jn 2:5). Another way to say this would be, “Obey him all the time.” Mary initially addressed these words to the servers, but they apply to all of us.

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January 11, 2019

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St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

St. Hilary

St. Hilary was born in Poitiers, a town in southwest France, in 315, into an upper-class, non-Christian family. He was raised as a pagan, given a solid liberal education, and was fluent in both Latin and Greek. He was married as a young man, and had a daughter named Apra.

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January 3, 2019

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We saw His star

Christmas Star

When the magi looked into the night sky, they “saw his star” (Mt 2:2). It was the star of Jesus. It was crystal clear that night. There was an array of lights spanning the sky. The moon was glimmering. Stars were twinkling. Planets were shining. Meteors were glowing. Comets were sparkling. It was breathtaking, a sight to behold.

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December 31, 2018

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New Year’s Resolutions AGAIN!

We all seem to make the same resolutions every year, so I thought I would revisit the ones I made last year!

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December 28, 2018

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Mary and Joseph, model parents for a model child

The Holy Family

The Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – is the model family, and they, more than any other family, offer the best spiritual example on how to be the kind of family that God wants.

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December 18, 2018

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The glory of the Lord shone on Christmas night

Christmas night, Christmas star

When Jesus was born, the glory of the Lord shone around them (Lk 2:9). The glory was more impressive than the Northern Lights, a full moon on a clear night, or an exploding star. There was a grand and glorious light, resplendent in beauty, emanating from the heavens, flooding the sky, bursting to the outer limits, converging over Bethlehem, funneled into a luminescent beam, and shining over the place where the newborn Jesus was lying in the manger.

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December 14, 2018

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Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is derived from the Latin words “gaudium,” joy, and “gaudeo,” to rejoice or be glad.

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December 7, 2018

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The Five Names of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sin causes alienation. Trust is broken. Relationships are weakened, damaged, and sometimes shattered.

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November 30, 2018

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St. Barbara — Virgin, Martyr

St. Barbara

St. Barbara is one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe. She is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is invoked against lightning, fever, and sudden death.

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November 21, 2018

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The Kingdoms of Jesus and Pilate

The Gospel for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B, is a conversation between Jesus and Pontius Pilate, the Procurator or Governor of Judea (Jn 18:33-37). The juxtaposition of the two of them, both rulers, presents a striking contrast between two drastically different styles and approaches to kingship.

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