Archive | August, 2012

Pure Religion: Reflections on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8 Psalm 15:2-5 James 1:17-18,21-22,27 Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God’s law. Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve

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A Choice to Make: Reflections on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:2-3, 10-15 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 This Sunday’s Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist. The 12 apostles in today’s Gospel are asked to make a choice—either to believe and accept the new covenant He offers in His body and blood, or return to their former ways of life.

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Scott Hahn on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Novena to the Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth I greet you, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, refuge of sinners, and Queen of the Universe. Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty, sweetness, and tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, and beg of you to obtain for me of your dear Son the

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Scott Hahn on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Novena to the Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth I greet you, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, refuge of sinners, and Queen of the Universe. Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty, sweetness, and tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, and beg of you to obtain for me of your dear Son the

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per Mariam ad Iesum (through Mary we are led to Jesus)

With such a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary it comes as no surprise that St. Bernard’s Feast day falls between the Solemnity of the Assumption and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. Below is Pope Benedict’s Wednesday Audience on St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to

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Wisdom’s Feast: Reflections on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:2-3, 10-15 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today’s First Reading. We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3-4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly of the cross that is represented and renewed. To

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6, 10 Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 Luke 1:39-56 On this great feast, we praise God who has taken the sinless Virgin Mary, body and soul, into His glory. The celebration is from the ancient Church, and the reality it celebrates is embedded in our readings. In our first,

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