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Author Archive: Mary Proffit Kimmel

Mary Proffit Kimmel teaches literature, Greek, and Latin and attends St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church.

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A New Creation Flowing from the Side of Christ

October 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
A New Creation Flowing from the Side of Christ

In the Byzantine rite October 16 brought the feast of the centurion Longinus, who pierced the side of Christ and said, “Surely, this man was the Son of God.”  His feast coincided with the feast of the fathers of the seventh ecumenical council, which condemned iconoclasm.  In response to Byzantine emperors stripping churches and smashing […]

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Two Icons of Christ

October 25, AD 2016 0 Comments
Two Icons of Christ

In the Gospels we never see Jesus as an attendee at a funeral.  He attends festivals, weddings, and so many dinner parties that people consider him a drunkard.  In the Gospel for October 9, He accidentally encounters a funeral procession of the only son of a widowed mother.  They meet in the road, and death flees in […]

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Under the Cloak of the Mother of God

October 1, AD 2016 1 Comment
Under the Cloak of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Theotokos falls on October 1: “Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints She invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together since for our sake She prays to the Eternal God!” This miraculous appearance of […]

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Moses and the Parable of the Talents

September 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Moses and the Parable of the Talents

Tomorrow in the Byzantine rite is the feast day of Moses, God-seer and prophet.  The Gospel is Jesus parable about the talents.  In this parable the man who does nothing is cast out into utter darkness.  At the end there is a proclamation that to whoever has more will be given.  The man who buries […]

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The Sign of the Prophet Jonah

August 6, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Sign of the Prophet Jonah

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.  This feast brings to our attention the prophet Elijah, who was one of the two prophets to perform the miracle of resurrection.  He raises the son of the widow of Zarephath. The book of Jonah names him the son of Amittai, who is not mentioned elsewhere.  Who […]

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July, Month of the Sacred Blood

July 9, AD 2016 0 Comments
July, Month of the Sacred Blood

The heart of Jesus has made this adorable Blood circulate in His limbs; wherefore, as on the feast of the Sacred Heart, the Gospel presents to our view the thrust of the lance which pierced the side of the Divine Crucified, blood and water gushing forth.  Thus become united the two testimonies which the Holy […]

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Since Christ Our Passover Has Been Sacrificed

June 11, AD 2016 1 Comment
Since Christ Our Passover Has Been Sacrificed

All you who have been baptized into Christ / Have put on Christ. Saint Melito of Sardis writes, “In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die.”  Christ was in all the Old Testament types.  If we are in Christ by baptism, then we are […]

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Joy in Solitude

May 14, AD 2016 1 Comment
Joy in Solitude

For all eternity we will be with God, so we should accustom ourselves to his presence.  If we want to attain heaven, we must train our habits and our loves now.  If I love food more than God, how can I expect to enter heaven?  If I love human companionship more than divine communion, will […]

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“Enter His gates with thanksgiving / And His courts with praise”: A Soul’s Journey into God

April 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving / And His courts with praise”:  A Soul’s Journey into God

My conversion story begins on Palm Sunday, 1992.  My parents had me baptized and christened “Mary.”  My Mother in heaven was watching over me long before I knew. G. K. Chesterton describes the first step of conversion as “discovering a new continent full of strange flowers and fantastic animals, which is at once wild and […]

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Anointing His Feet

March 19, AD 2016 0 Comments
Anointing His Feet

If you do not forgive others, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you.  Jesus could have said this to the scribes and Pharisees accusing the woman caught in adultery.  Take the plank out of your own eye before you try to take the speck out of your brother’s.  This quip would work for them as […]

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Temptation and Triumph

February 27, AD 2016 0 Comments
Temptation and Triumph

I am entering the Church this Easter with a motley crew of candidates in RCIA.  Hilda, an elderly black woman, hails from the Bronx and used to be Episcopalian.  Stephanie, a nurse who wears seven-inch heels, is so nervous about being a minute late to Mass.  She thinks they won’t let her in until she […]

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These Words are Fulfilled in Your Hearing

January 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
These Words are Fulfilled in Your Hearing

The gospel of Luke is the most Marian gospel.  It provides the five joyful mysteries:  the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation, and the Finding of Jesus in the Temple.  Luke says that he “investigated everything accurately anew.”  He must have spoken to Mary about the birth of Our Lord. As Jesus on the […]

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Christus Natus Hodie

December 26, AD 2015 0 Comments
Christus Natus Hodie

“Sweet little Jesus boy, / Born in a manger, / Sweet little holy Child, / We didn’t know who you was.” The revelation of the second person of the Holy Trinity has come.  John 1 happened before our eyes:  The Word became flesh.  Let us imitate the oxen and come to the trough to feed.  […]

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Preparing for His Second Coming

November 28, AD 2015 1 Comment
Preparing for His Second Coming

Adam lay ybounden, Bounden in a bond; Four thousand winter Thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, An apple that he took, As clerkès finden Written in their book. Ne had the apple taken been, The apple taken been, Ne had never our lady Abeen heavenè queen. Blessèd be the time […]

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Taking Upon Us the Mystery of Things

October 31, AD 2015 0 Comments
Taking Upon Us the Mystery of Things

When Job cries out against God in his suffering, God questions Job, “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?”  Job answers, “I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you, therefore I abhor myself, and repent […]

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