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Our deepest longings to be seen and loved

God with us is not some abstract theological theory, but a lived experience if we do not fear the process needed in order for that to become a reality The season of Advent brings to the fore the importance of waiting, patience and endurance. We all have rites of passage in our lives, some we […]

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The Lord is near, even in darkness and dryness of spirit

‘Don’t grow weary of me’ . . . . I go away and come back to you. And when I go away, you remain close to me. Don’t be like the people who, in a season of dryness, flee from me and abandon Me. They don’t know their Savior. It is because I love you […]

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Mary’s Part in the Latter Times

The salvation of the world began through Mary and through her it must be accomplished. Mary scarcely appeared in the first coming of Jesus Christ so that men, as yet insufficiently instructed and enlightened concerning the person of her Son, might not wander from the truth by becoming too strongly attached to her. This would […]

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Jesus should be sought more directly

It is always good to ask God to rectify what needs to be rectified deep down in our souls instead of sending trials to show us what darkness is most hidden. The deeper we purify, the higher our place in Heaven. The quickest avenue to that is a direct relationship with Jesus. Just ask Him […]

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Psalm 110(109) God himself enthrones the king of glory

Today I would like to end my catechesis on the prayer of the Book of Psalms by meditating on one of the most famous of the “royal Psalms”, a Psalm that Jesus himself cited and that the New Testament authors referred to extensively and interpreted as referring to the Messiah, to Christ. It is Psalm […]

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No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by Christ

Oh, if placed on that lofty watch-tower, you could gaze into the secret places–if you could open the closed doors of sleeping chambers and recall their dark recesses to the perception of sight–you would behold things done by immodest persons which no chaste eye could look upon; you would see what even to see is […]

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Satan uses fear of death as ‘door of entry’

(On) Feast of the Presentation there was an excerpt from the Letter to the Hebrews which describes our most basic and primal fear. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the very source of our bondage: The Fear of Death But I am not convinced that many of us understand the […]

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Psalm 72 (71): 11-20– He shall save the poor!

1. The Liturgy of Vespers, which we are following through its series of Psalms, presents to us in two stages Psalm 72[71], a royal and messianic hymn. After meditating on the first part (cf. vv. 1-11; [ORE], 8 December 2004, p. 11), we now have before us the second poetic and spiritual movement of this hymn […]

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The Fusion of Three Christological Devotions

Believe it or not, the Catholic Church and her faithful are devoted to Jesus Christ. With all our hyperdulia and dulia (devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints), we can often lose sight of the Church’s Christological devotion. Most clearly, the Church’s faithful are dedicated to the Eucharist—to receiving Christ in the Holy Eucharist and adoring Him, […]

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Queenship of Mary

35. But the Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation. “What more joyful, what sweeter thought can we have” – as Our Predecessor of happy memory, Pius XI wrote […]

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