Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Matthew 26:1-16 | Commentary
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Mark 14:1-11 | Commentary
Saturday, December 27, 2008
One of the dominant images of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke is that of Jesus as the Spirit-filled prophet. Luke begins Jesus' public ministry in his hometown synagogue of Nazareth, opening the scroll to do the reading from the text of Isaiah 61, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor...." (Lk 4:16-30). That prophetic fire would drive Jesus throughout his ministry and bring him to the climax of his mission in Jerusalem. Therefore, it is not surprising that in Luke's Gospel Jesus faces his crucifixion with the courageous fidelity and prophetic sense of justice that had characterized his ministry all during the long journey from Galilee to Jerusalem.
Luke 22:1-38 | Commentary
Luke 23:50-56 | Commentary
Friday, December 26, 2008
John 18:1-11 | Commentary
John 19:31-42 | Commentary
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Cycle B, Year 1
PSALM 133:1 AND JOHN 17:21
How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God's
people to live together in harmony!
I pray that they may all be one.
Father! May they be in us,
just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they be one,
so that the world will believe
that you sent me.
We have many parts in the one body, and all
these parts have different functions. In the
same way, though we are many, we are one
body in union with Christ, and we are all joined
to each other as different parts of one body.
Word of God
drawing us into communion
with Himself and with one another. And the
Word was made Flesh...
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI, Shepherd of Truth
Notable quotations from Pope Benedict XVI and official
teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
"JOY AND GLORY"
Today Mary dwells in the joy and the glory of the Resurrection. The tears shed at the foot of the Cross have been transformed into a smile which nothing can wipe away, even as her maternal compassion towards us remains unchanged.
"AN UNSHAKABLE CONFIDENCE"
The intervention of the Virgin Mary in offering succor throughout history ... does not cease to call forth, in the people of God, an unshakable confidence in her. the Memorare prayer expresses this sentiment very well.
MARY LOVES YOU
Mary loves each of her children, giving particular attention to those who, like her Son at the hour of His passion, are prey to suffering; she loves them quite simply because they are her children, according to the will of Christ on the Cross.
"SEEK YOUR SMILE"
The psalmist ... prophesies regarding the Virgin Mary that "the richest of the people ... will seek your smile (Ps 44:13)
COMFORT FOR THE SUFFERING
Christians have always sought the smile of Our Lady ... This smile ... is for all; but it is directed quite particularly to those who suffer, so that they can find comfort and solace therein.
To seek Mary's smile is not an act of devotional or outmoded sentimentality, but rather the proper expression of the living and profoundly human relationship which binds us to her whom Christ gave us as our Mother.
TURN TO MARY
I would like to say, humbly, to those who suffer and to those who struggle and are tempted to turn their backs on life: turn towards Mary! Within the smile of the Virgin lies mysteriously hidden the strength to fight against sick and for life. With her, equally, is found the grace to accept without fear or bitterness to leave this world at the hour chosen by God.
RICH IN FAITH
To seek this smile of the Virgin Mary ... is the aspiration ,,, of those who are "the richest of the people" (Ps 44:13). "The richest" ... in the order of faith, those who have attained the highest degree of spiritual maturity and know precisely how to acknowledge their weakness and their poverty before God.
(Source: Homily, Mass for the Sick, 9/15/08, Lourdes, France)
Put Christ Back in Christmas
All great events and occasions require thorough preparation to ensure happy and successful results. We who do experience the true joys of Christmas can help others to share the treasures of this happy and blessed occasion with the example we give by our own preparations, and perhaps offering the following thirteen suggestions to put Christ back into Christmas.
- Make Advent a period of preparation for the coming of Christ by entering into the spirit of the liturgy of the Church which wisely urges us to use this season as a time of "fasting before the feast" and not "feasting before the feast." Waiting ("fasting") and longing for something which is good, and which you know you will receive (in this case the joys of Christmas), will make the reward all the more welcome and satisfying.
- An aid to bringing this spirit into the home is the Advent Wreath, which is an old Christian custom. A leaflet giving details and prayers is available at our service office, at the address listed below.
- If time is available, either at the family table, in the classroom, or community, the daily reading from the book Christ the Light is Coming will help the readers in attuning themselves into the proper spirit for the coming of the Christ Child. This book has a reading for every day, commencing with the First Sunday in Advent, and also has a treasury of meditations and instructions. It is available at our committee service office.
- Make plans for the "Christmas Eve Program in the Home" as outlined in an explanatory leaflet also available at our office. Let Jesus make your family circle complete, just as His coming made the Holy Family complete.
- Make the Crib, not the tree, the center of attraction in your home, club, or place of business. Let the entire family participate in building the stable, painting the figures, arranging the background, etc.
- If you drive a car, display the "Put Christ Back Into Christmas" auto stickers. Who knows but that this tiny appeal may help to put Christ back into some lonely heart this Christmas?
- Buy and send only Christmas greeting cards symbolizing the true meaning of Christmas (Nativity, etc.) to all friends, relatives, and business associates, regardless of whether they have any religious affiliations or not. Resolve not to send any other kind. The cards you send will reflect the sincerity of the sender by their beauty in both appearance and thought expressed. Keeping this resolve alone will be a big help in "Putting Christ Back Into Christmas" and into the hearts of men.
- When doing your regular neighborhood shopping, perhaps you might casually suggest to your grocer, druggist, etc., that it would be very nice if he would consider including in his holiday displays the Nativity scene, or something akin to it. If you yourself are in business, try to include in your advertising and displays something to remind your patrons of the true meaning of Christmas. Encourage the use of package stickers with the Nativity scene and message.
- In giving gifts, give them in the spirit of the Giver of Gifts whom we are honoring. Tuck in an offering of an extra prayer, Mass, some religious article, bookmark, etc. And in planning your gift list, why not include someone who is unable to reciprocate — someone who is ill, needy, the missions, etc.?
- Most gift giving demands some material sacrifice, but the greatest gift of all is yours for only a little sacrifice of time — the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. How about attending weekday Masses, Holy Hours, or just a short visit to your parish church, if possible, and offering those for your friends, and at the same time reaping infinite benefits for yourself?
- And don't forget to bake a birthday cake for Baby Jesus and give it a place of honor, with one candle, at the principal meal on Christmas. It will be another reminder that it is His birthday that we are celebrating. As a suggestion, it will make a very effective centerpiece set in the middle of the Advent Wreath you have been using in preparation for this great feast.
- In setting your table you might use napkins lettered in gold with "Put Christ Back Into Christmas," "Bless Us, O Lord," or "Pray the Family Rosary Daily," which can be obtained from our service office.
- By all means, make all of these preparations a "family affair," by having all members participate, and especially the children. Explain to them that all this preparation is being done for the purpose of giving honor to the Baby Jesus. Gather them around the piano or record player and teach them the beautiful Christmas songs. Make the entire season of Advent one of joyful anticipation.
Activity Source: Our Christian Home by Rev. Joseph A. Fischer, Seraphic Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1954
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Joy to the World the Savior reigns, let men their songs employ.
Catholic Culture offers this section to help you experience the joy of Christmas by keeping a spiritual focus on the season.
Let us try to celebrate Christmas with the innocence and humility of children always keeping in mind the wonderful birth of the Christ Child.
Joy to the world the Lord has come, let earth receive her King.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This prayer, dedicated to Mary Immaculate, was composed by Pope Pius XII for the Marian Year (December 8, 1953-December 8, 1954), which was proclaimed to mark the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty, and impelled by the anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into your arms, 0 Immacuate Mother of Jesus and our Mother, Mary, confident of finding in your most loving heart appeasement of our ardent desires, and a safe harbor from the tempests which beset us on every side.
Though degraded by our faults and overwhelmed by infinite misery, we admire and praise the peerless richness of sublime gifts with which God has filled you, above every other mere creature, from the first moment of your conception until the day on which, after your assumption into heaven, He crowned you Queen of the Universe.
O crystal fountain of faith, bathe our minds with the eternal truths! O fragrant Lily of all holiness,
captivate our hearts with your heavenly perfume! 0 Conqueress of evil and death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin, which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of hell!
O well-beloved of God, hear the ardent cry which rises up from every heart. Bend tenderly over our aching wounds. Convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and oppressed, comfort the poor and humble, quench hatreds, sweeten harshness, safeguard the flower of purity in youth, protect the holy Church, make all men feel the attraction of Christian goodness. In your name, resounding harmoniously in heaven, may they recognize that they are brothers, and that the nations are members of one family, upon which may there shine forth the sun of a universal and sincere peace.
Receive, O most sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us that, one day, happy with you, we may repeat before your throne that hymn which today is sung on earth around your altars: You are all-beautiful, O Mary! You are the glory, you are the joy, you are the honor of our people! Amen.
[Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954]
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here are some resources for Advent to increase your knowledge of and appreciation for this liturgical season in the life of the Church. It's the Catholic New Year! Let us wait with eager anticipation for the coming of the Savior.
- Advent Overview
- New Advent: Advent
- Renewing the Mystery of Advent, Part One: The Meaning of Advent
- Advent in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: nos. 524 and 1095
- See Advent's Meaning Through Mary
- Advent Wreath: Prayers and Explanation
- The Advent Wreath
- Our Whole Life Should Be an Advent
- The Crib Can Help Us
- Family Advent Customs
- Jesse Tree Symbols
- Divine Preparations
- Rose-Colored Vestments on Gaudete Sunday
- Advent Reflections: 2004
- Significance of the Advent Wreath
- The Liturgical Season of Advent
- Advent Dynamism
- Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas
- Bring Our Fallen-Away Relations Back to Church During Advent
- Following Mary's Advent Footsteps
- Meditation Notes on the "O" Antiphons
- Advent: Preparing for Christ's Coming
- Advent: The Reason for the Season
- As We Enter Into Advent: Thoughts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen
- Advent Vigilance
- A New Year of Grace and Favor
- Advent Challenge
- Advent Questions: Holy Water, Blue, and Gaudete Sunday
- Take Time to Prepare for the Miracle of Christmas