Archive | 2012

Spirit of Advent

It is no easy task in our modern world to keep Advent well while the culture around us is screaming Merry X-Mas.  This will help; it is a lovely biblical mediation on the reason for the season, the Meaning of Advent.  Most of us CANNOT go out into the desert to prepare the way of

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The Dark Night Rises

St. John of the Cross is about as hard-core as they come. He leaves no wiggle room when it comes to seeking sanctity. In fact, this 16th century Spanish saint is called the “Mystical Doctor” because of the heights of holiness he achieved. His one goal was union with God. For a long time my

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A Season of Mary

Last Night Archbishop Gomez, the voice of our Al Partir el Pan, celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with midnight mass. Click here to read his column about Mary in this Advent season and Our Lady of Guadalupe in particular. Also, here is a link to this Sunday’s Al Partir el Pan reflection.

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Do You Believe in Magi?

‘Tis the season. In December even the advertisements point insistently toward the day the Messiah comes — the day of the Christ’s Mass: Christmas. It is always a much-heralded birth. It was foretold by prophets, announced by angels, celebrated by shepherds and wise men. Christ came into the world in a stable. He lay in

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A True Thanksgiving

The turkey is thawing. Cars are being packed. Houses are being cleaned. I guess I’ve finally grown up because everybody’s on their way to my house this year. For the first time the Leonard family is hosting Thanksgiving. So while I don’t have to drive hours on end to distant lands in a van full

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An Act of Love by God!

“The point of the first three chapters of Genesis is to show us that creation was a deliberate, purposeful act of love by God. The world didn’t just happen. God wanted the world – not because He was lonely, not because there was anything He lacked or needed. God created the world because God is

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Matthew Leonard – What Do We Do Now?

The Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents: Presidents come and go, but our path as Catholics remains clear. Matthew Leonard puts current events in perspective and reminds us of the fundamentals that must take place in order to transform our world.

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