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St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Cult of Numbers

February 9, AD 2018 2 Comments
St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Cult of Numbers

About Gregory St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 326/330 – 390), nicknamed since antiquity as ‘The Theologian’, was a fourth-century bishop, born in the rural setting of modern-day central Turkey. He is venerated as a Father of the Church, and is one of the Cappadocian Fathers, along with Ss. Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa. Gregory […]

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Romantic Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

January 31, AD 2018 1 Comment
Romantic Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

“Terminate torment Of love unsatisfied The greater torment Of love satisfied.” — T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday Can Catholics celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, considering that Ash Wednesday this year falls on the same date? Is the feast of love compatible with the beginning of Lent? When the obligation to do penance conflicts with the convention […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

December 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

Together with “exciting” and “joyful”, “stressful” is a word that is associated with the days leading up to Christmas and with the Christmas season itself. Increased rush hour traffic, shopping lists and parties to squeeze into tight budgets and schedules, tasks lists in the preparation of the Christmas dinner, caroling rehearsals, and year-end work to […]

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Why Make Resolutions for the Liturgical Year?

December 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Why Make Resolutions for the Liturgical Year?

Advent began on Sunday, December 3, and with it, the new liturgical year also began. An entire year to focus on the life and ministry of Christ stretches before us, complete with seasons, feast days, and days of fasting and penitence. Since we are in Advent, it’s important to focus on the season we are […]

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Spiritual Allies

November 24, AD 2017 1 Comment
Spiritual Allies

For the past three months, the liturgical calendar has been reminding us of our spiritual allies. Towards the end of September, we commemorated the feast of the Archangels. On October 2, we celebrated the feast of the Guardian Angels.  On October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we reminded ourselves of the […]

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Road to Emmaus, Part 2

April 28, AD 2017 4 Comments
Road to Emmaus, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of a novel that I have been working on for a year and a half. Neither could say just how long the stranger had been standing near them. He was tall, a little above the average, but other than that not very out of the ordinary. He […]

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Road to Emmaus, Part 1

April 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
Road to Emmaus, Part 1

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of a novel I have been working on for a year and a half. “So you are leaving, Clophas?” Old Clophas looked up from the sack that he was packing. “Yes, Cephas. Miriam is not as young as she used to be and she wants to reach […]

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The Righteous, Chaste and Hidden Heart of Saint Joseph

April 5, AD 2017 4 Comments
The Righteous, Chaste and Hidden Heart of Saint Joseph

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is well known in the Catholic world, and is practiced extensively. It can hardly be stressed how important these two devotions are, especially when understood in the broadest sense as speaking of Christic worship and Marian devotion itself.      Joseph as a […]

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Understanding Our Dustiness

February 24, AD 2017 0 Comments
Understanding Our Dustiness

You are dust and to dust, you shall return. Each time I hear this phrase at Ash Wednesday, I think of a little prayer that was given to me by a sister a while ago. It was created by St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, as a member of the […]

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Running to Bethlehem

December 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
Running to Bethlehem

One of the sites included in the itinerary of the Holy Land pilgrimage I joined was the Chapel of the Angels, a Catholic church located in the shepherd’s field where, according to tradition, an angel appeared to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds. Internet research reveals that the Chapel of the Angels is […]

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The Hipster Nativity Set

December 6, AD 2016 8 Comments
The Hipster Nativity Set

As a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas was the Nativity scenes. From the teeny-tiny one on my family’s home altar to the life-sized diorama at the Church of St. Alphonsus, carvings of the Holy Family brought the story of the Incarnation to life. This morning I awoke to the sight of a […]

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Advent: The Coming of the Lord

December 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Advent: The Coming of the Lord

Happy New Liturgical Year! With the First Sunday of Advent came a new year in the Catholic Church. Advent is an important time of spiritual preparation for Christmas. Just as we prepare for the glorious joy of Easter with Lenten fasting and penance, so do we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ with the […]

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