Archive (08/2012)


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

Posted on August 31, 2012

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 turned the law inside out, making...


Celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine

Posted on August 29, 2012

Celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine (and his Mom!) with this short video from Matthew Leonard, Executive Director of the St. Paul Center.

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

Posted on August 23, 2012

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.

Their choice is prefigured by the decision Joshua asks...


Scott Hahn on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted on August 22, 2012

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 favor I request in this novena: (mention your request).

Obtain for me also, Queen of Heaven and Earth,...


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

Posted on August 20, 2012

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 talk about St Bernard of Clairvaux, called “the last of the Fathers” of the...


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

Posted on August 16, 2012

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 the world, it is foolishness to believe that the crucified Jesus rose...


Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted on August 14, 2012

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, from Revelation, we find God’s temple in heaven opened and the Ark of the Covenant revealed. The most sacred item...


Sitting at the Feet of this Cranky Master - St. Hippolytus

Posted on August 13, 2012

St. Hippolytus a Greek-speaking priest, a noted theologian and the first “antipope,” Mike Aquilina discusses the life of this key link in the chain that takes us back to the Apostles.




 

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Take and Eat: Reflections on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 10, 2012

Readings:
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:2-9
Ephesians 4:30-5:2
John 6:41-51

Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today’s First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures, that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us.

We can be tempted to despair, as the prophet was on his forty-day journey in the desert. We can be tempted to “murmur...


On Friar for God

Posted on August 08, 2012

In his Wednesday Audience, Pope Benedict discussed St. Dominic saying, “This great Saint reminds us that in the heart of the Church a missionary fire must always burn. It must be a constant incentive to make the first proclamation of the Gospel and, wherever necessary, a new evangelization.” Read the rest of the Holy Father’s General Audience below.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last week I presented the luminous figure of Francis...


Summer Heat Wave

Posted on August 07, 2012

Things are hot at the St. Paul Center this summer, and it’s not the temperature on the thermometer that makes it so. It’s the fire of God’s love that you’ve helped to kindle.

As I write, I have just completed the St. Paul Center’s annual Summer Institute, the week when we gather young scholars for an intensive experience of study in a prayerful environment.

Our...


Majestic Voice: Reflections on the Transfiguration of the Lord

Posted on August 06, 2012

Readings:
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Peter 1:16-19
Mark 9:2-10

High on the holy mountain in today’s Gospel, the true identity of Jesus is fully revealed in His transfiguration.

Standing between Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus is the bridge that joins the Law of Moses to the prophets and psalms (see Luke 24:24-27). As Moses did, Jesus climbs a mountain with three named friends and beholds God...


Endurance Test: Reflections on the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted on August 03, 2012

Readings:
Exodus 16:2–4, 12–15
Psalm 78:3–4, 23–25, 54
Ephesians 4:17, 20–24
John 6:24–35

The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth in Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life.

The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in this week’s First Reading.

We have to see...