Saint Augustine on Psalm 136
Feb20

Saint Augustine on Psalm 136

“By the waters of Babylon…” is not a typical psalm of peace and praise to God… How and why does the Church use this hymn in worship?

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A homily for Forgiveness Sunday
Feb19

A homily for Forgiveness Sunday

If anyone be devout and love God, let him commence this radiant fast with joy!

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Who is Christ?
Feb06

Who is Christ?

Here is the answer of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, writing circa 180AD. As you read, remember when this was written: To actually read the writings of the Christians centuries before Nicea is to bury once for all the notion that Christ’s divinity was a late accretion. Irenaeus writes: The sacred books acknowledge with regard to Christ, that as he is the Son of man, so is the same being not only a man; and as he is flesh, so is he...

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The Star of Bethlehem
Dec22

The Star of Bethlehem

Every year around Christmas reports give an astronomical explanation of the Star of Bethlehem: A supernova, or a conjunction of planets… These are all nonsense.

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We three kings of orient aren’t
Dec21

We three kings of orient aren’t

We’re all familiar with the image of three men on camels, traveling trackless sand dunes by starlight: “Field and fountain, moor and mountain, / Following yonder star.” But how accurate are our Hallmark greeting cards?

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Identity in communion
Dec17

Identity in communion

The only way we can find ourselves is to deny ourselves… It’s only by loving the other that myself actually emerges.

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