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MASS READINGS

Jesus

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Saturday, December 31st, 2016
The Seventh Day of the Nativity of Our Lord and
Vigil of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God

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Embracing Hope, by Léa Mallett

 

THERE is one word on my heart on this eve of the Solemnity of the Mother of God:

Jesus.

This is the “now word” on the threshold of 2017, the “now word” I hear Our Lady prophesying over the nations and the Church, over families and souls:

JESUS.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, TIME OF GRACE | on December 31st, 2016 | No Comments »

The Sifted

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday, December 26th, 2016
Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr

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St. Stephen the Martyr, Bernardo Cavallino (d. 1656)

 

To be a martyr is to feel the storm coming and willingly to endure it at the call of duty, for Christ’s sake, and for the good of the brethren. —Blessed John Henry Newman, from Magnificat, Dec. 26th, 2016

 

IT may seem odd that, the very next day after the joyful feast of Christmas Day, we commemorate the martyrdom of the first professed Christian. And yet, it is most fitting, because this Babe whom we adore is also a Babe whom we must follow—from the crib to the Cross. While the world races to the nearest stores for “Boxing Day” sales, Christians are called on this day to flee from the world and refocus their eyes and hearts upon eternity. And that requires a renewed renunciation of self—most especially, the renunciation of being liked, accepted, and blended into the landscape of the world. And this all the more as those who hold fast to moral absolutes and Sacred Tradition today are being labeled as “haters”, “rigid”, “intolerant”, “dangerous”, and “terrorists” of the common good.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on December 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

Our Compass

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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IN the Spring of 2014, I went through a terrible darkness. I felt tremendous doubts, surges of fear, despair, terror, and abandonment. I began one day with prayer as usual, and then… she came.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, MASS READINGS | on December 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

The Kingdom Will Never End

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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The Annunciation; Sandro Botticelli; 1485

 

AMONG the most powerful and prophetic words spoken to Mary by the angel Gabriel was the promise that her Son’s Kingdom would never end. This is good news for those who fear that the Catholic Church is in its death throws…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE ERA OF PEACE | on December 20th, 2016 | No Comments »

Vindication and Glory

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
Opt. Memorial of St. John of the Cross

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From the Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, c. 1511

 

“OH well, I tried.”

Somehow, after thousands of years of salvation history, the suffering, death and Resurrection of the Son of God, the arduous journey of the Church and her saints through the centuries… I doubt those will be the Lord’s words in the end. Scripture tells us otherwise:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE ERA OF PEACE | on December 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Great Deliverance

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
Opt. Memorial of St. Lucy

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AMONG the Old Testament prophets who foretell a great purification of the world followed by an era of peace is Zephaniah. He echoes what Isaiah, Ezekiel and others foresee: that a Messiah will come and judge the nations and establish His reign on earth. What they did not realize is that His reign would be spiritual in nature in order to fulfil the words that the Messiah would one day teach God’s people to pray: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS | on December 13th, 2016 | No Comments »

Comfort in His Coming

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Opt. Memorial of St. Nicholas

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jesusspirit

 

IS it possible that, this Advent, we are truly preparing for the coming of Jesus? If we listen to what the popes have been saying (The Popes, and the Dawning Era), to what Our Lady is saying (Is Jesus Really Coming?), to what the Church Fathers are saying (The Middle Coming), and put all the pieces together (Dear Holy Father… He is Coming!), the answer is an emphatic “yes!” Not that Jesus is coming this December 25th. And nor is He coming in a way that evangelical movie flicks have been suggesting, preceded by a rapture, etc. It is a coming of Christ within the hearts of the faithful to bring to fulfillment all the promises of Scripture that we are reading this month in the book of Isaiah.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE ERA OF PEACE | on December 6th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Great Dance

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Friday, November 18th, 2016
Memorial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

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I want to tell you a secret. But it’s really not a secret at all because it’s in the wide open. And it is this: the source and wellspring of your happiness is the will of God. Would you agree that, if God’s Kingdom reigned in your home and your heart, you would be happy, that there would be peace and harmony? The coming of God’s Kingdom, dear reader, is synonymous with the welcoming of His will. In truth, we pray for it every day:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on November 18th, 2016 | No Comments »

Come Down Quickly!

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Memorial of St. Albert the Great

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WHEN Jesus passes by Zacchaeus, He not only tells him to come down from his tree, but Jesus says: Come down quickly! Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, one that few of us exercise perfectly. But when it comes to pursuing God, we should be impatient! We should never hesitate to follow Him, to run toward Him, to assail Him with a thousand tears and prayers. After all, this is what lovers do…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on November 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

Unless the Lord Build It

fallingdown

 

I received a number of letters and comments over the weekend from my American friends, nearly all of them cordial and hopeful. I get the sense that some feel I am a bit of a “wet rag” in suggesting that the revolutionary spirit afoot in our world today has not nearly run its course, and that America is still facing a great upheaval, as is every nation in the world. This, at least, is the “prophetic consensus” spanning centuries, and frankly, a simple viewing of the “signs of the times”, if not the headlines. But I will also say that, beyond the hard labor pains, a new era of true justice and peace awaits us. There is always hope… but God help me should I offer you a false hope.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on November 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

With All Prayer

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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arturo-mariSt. John Paul II on a prayer walk near Edmonton, Alberta
(Arturo Mari; The Canadian Press)

 

IT came to me a few years ago, as clear as a flash of lightning: it will only be by God’s grace that His children will pass through this valley of the shadow of death. It is only through prayer, which draws down these graces, that the Church will safely navigate the treacherous seas that are swelling all around her. That is to say that all our own scheming, survivalist instincts, ingenuity and preparations—if undertaken without the guidance of divine wisdom—will fall tragically short in the days to come. For God is stripping His Church at this hour, stripping her of her self-assurance and those pillars of complacency and false security upon which she has been leaning.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on October 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

Schism? Not On My Watch

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Friday, September 1st – 2nd, 2016

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Associated Press

I have returned from Mexico, and am eager to share with you the powerful experience and words that came to me in prayer. But first, to address the concerns noted in a few letters this past month…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS | on September 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »