January 12, 2017

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St. Anthony, Abbot

St. Anthony (251-356) is known by a number of different titles: St. Anthony, the Abbot; St. Anthony, the Father of Monks; St. Anthony, the Patriarch of Monks; St. Anthony, the Hermit; St. Anthony of Egypt; St. Anthony of the Desert, and St. Anthony the Great. He is commemorated each year on January 17. He is not to be confused with St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) who lived over 800 years later and is remembered on June 13.

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January 4, 2017

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The Epiphany of the Lord

The Magi versus the Chief Priests and the Scribes

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December 29, 2016

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was born on August 28, 1774, in New York, at the time of the American Revolution. Her father was a physician and college professor, and her family was well-off financially. Her family was Episcopalian, and she was baptized and raised in the Episcopal faith.

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December 22, 2016

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Why was Jesus Born at Midnight?

Midnight Mass is a special Christmas Mass. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is a beautiful Christmas hymn. Midnight is the hour traditionally regarded as the time that Jesus was born.

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December 16, 2016

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The ‘O’ Antiphons

An antiphon is a verse or phrase sung or recited aloud or read silently before and after a Psalm or Canticle during the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. The text is often a direct quote from Scripture, or a brief reflection on a Scripture text, or a verse pertaining to the feast day, the liturgical season, or the saint of the day.

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December 9, 2016

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Gaudete Sunday – The Third Sunday of Advent

A Joyful 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. Gaudete Sunday occurs eight to thirteen days before Christmas, and the nearness of the feast is reason for great joy.

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November 23, 2016

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Thanksgiving: Time to Count Blessings and Thank God for Gifts

The holiday season moves into full swing at the end of November with our annual celebration of Thanksgiving. It is marvelous when we are able to have an attitude of gratitude. God is our provider, the giver of every good gift, so when it comes to giving thanks, our first expression of gratitude should be directed to almighty God. Jesus stressed the importance of thanking God when he asked the Samaritan leper who had been healed, “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Lk 17:18).

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November 18, 2016

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Nothing’s easy in deer hunting

What does a Jesuit priest have to do with deer hunting? Plenty, I think. I recently started reading a book by Father Walter Ciszek called, “He Leadeth Me.” Starting at the end of World War II, he spent 23 years in Russian prisons and hard labor camps. It all started with a burning desire to […]

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November 18, 2016

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Jesus – King in the line of David

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, Gabriel explained that “the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.”

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