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

Posted on December 16, 2011

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 to bear a son of the...

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

Posted on December 09, 2011

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 Kings 2:11), although like him he dresses in the prophet’s attire ...

"To us, Christ is all!"

Posted on December 07, 2011

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.



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

Posted on December 02, 2011

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 from captivity and exile. But as today’s Gospel shows,...

The Big Difference a little change makes

Posted on December 01, 2011

New and very timely podcast on the new translation of the Roman Missal.



‘And with Your Spirit’

Posted on November 29, 2011

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 Roman Missal. We spoke for a while about the process and problems of translation before she...

Advent 2011: Extraordinary Time

Posted on November 28, 2011

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 a synod of bishops for 2012 to discuss the new evangelization. And he appointed U.S. Cardinal Donald Wuerl ...

Watch For Him: Reflections on the First Sunday of Advent

Posted on November 23, 2011

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...

Kinship by Covenant: Reviewed by Pablo Gadenz

Posted on November 21, 2011

Scholars are increasingly interested in studying how the New Testament authors refer to the Old Testament not so much to find isolated prooftexts but as part of an overall rereading of Israel’s story in light of the Christ-event. Individual texts and large sections of the Old Testament thus provide the New Testament authors with a narrative framework in which to understand the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation. Since the framework remains implicit, however, scholars...

When the End Comes: Reflections on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted on November 18, 2011

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

Many saints and Church leaders have seen a connection between Christ’s words in the Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King (see Matthew 25:31-43) and His promise to be present in the Eucharist (see Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20).

For instance, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say of her work with the destitute: &ldquo...