Archive | 2011

The Mystery Kept Secret: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Advent

Readings:  2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11,16  Psalm 89:2-5,27,29  Romans 16:25-27  Luke 1:26-38 What is announced to Mary in today’s Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-9). Mary is the virgin prophesied

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One Who is Coming: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t. He is not Elijah returned from the heavens (see 2

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“To us, Christ is all!”

Today is the memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan at the end of the fourth century.  Meet the simple, straight-forward style of St. Ambrose as Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important Saint.  

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Straighten the Path: Reflections on the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Psalm 85:9-14 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 Our God is coming. The time of exile – the long separation of humankind from God due to sin – is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today’s liturgy. Isaiah in today’s First Reading promises Israel’s future release and return

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‘And with Your Spirit’

What is the biggest change in the new translation of the Mass? As Mike Aquilina explains, the biggest difference may be from the smallest change. ‘And with Your Spirit’ The big difference in a little phrase By Mike Aquilina – The Priest, 6/1/2011 A reporter called to interview me about the new translation of the

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Advent 2011: Extraordinary Time

This is no ordinary Advent. The Holy Father is treating this time as a moment of great historical significance. It’s the time of the new evangelization. In recent months Pope Benedict has spoken and acted with great urgency about the matter. He established a dicastery in the Vatican to oversee new evangelistic efforts. He summoned

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Watch For Him: Reflections on the First Sunday of Advent

Readings:  Isaiah 63:16-17, 19  Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19  1 Corinthians 1:3-9  Mark 13:33-37 The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading. In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down

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