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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2015

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Epifanía: ¿Cuál de los reyes eres tú?

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La Epifanía del Señor: 6 Enero 2013
Is 60, 1-6; Sal 71; Ef 3, 2-3.5-6; Mt 2, 1-12

Hoy oímos la historia de tres reyes. Pero cuando digo “tres reyes,” no pienso en los magos, tradicionalmente numerados como tres, con los nombres de Gaspar, Melchor, y Baltasar. En cambio pienso en otro grupo de tres reyes—¡y tú mismo eres uno de ellos! Pero, ¿cuál eres?

El rey primero es el Señor Dios, que en el principio creó el cielo y la tierra; y todo era muy bueno. Pero entonces pecaron nuestros primeros padres, corrompiendo no sólo a todo ser humano sino también todo el universo. Pero Dios no nos dejaría en nuestra miseria caída; empezó a cumplir un gran proyecto para salvarnos. (more…)

Epiphany: Which king are you?

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Epiphany of the Lord: Jan. 6, 2013
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

Today we hear the tale of three kings. But when I say “three kings,” I’m not thinking of the magi, traditionally numbered as three and named Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. It’s a different grouping I’m thinking of; and you are one of them! But which one?

The first king is the Lord God, who in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; and it was very good. But then our first parents sinned, corrupting not only all of the human race but indeed the entire universe. But God would not leave us to our fallen misery; he set into motion a great plan to save us. (more…)

Put on the new self

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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2013

At the Holy Hour
Eph 4:22-24, 4:30–5:2

We stand upon the brink of a new year. 2012, with all that it meant, is receding into the past: all its joys, all its sorrows, all of our choices and actions that we are proud of, all of those that we wish we could do over; all now behind us. And ahead of us, at our very feet, opens the vista of 2013: untrodden, unknown, open, full of possibilities.

On Christmas Day in 1939, King George VI of England quoted from a poem in his radio message. He read:

Con la Virgen María como madre y guía, ¡sé lo que eres!

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Santa María, Madre de Dios: 1 Enero 2012
Nm 6, 22-27; Sal 66; Gal 4, 4-7; Lc 2, 16-21

“Cumplidos los ocho días, circuncidaron al niño y le pusieron el nombre de Jesús.”

Hoy llegamos al día octavo de la octava de Navidad. Ésta es una práctica de la Iglesia: las fiestas más importantes, para que no desaparezcan demasiado rápido, celebramos no sólo un día, sino regresamos a ellas otra vez en el día octavo, como un eco. O las celebramos en todos los ocho días, cambiando un día en ocho. Y así, actualmente, celebramos la octava de Navidad y la octava de la Pascua.

Y tenemos una razón muy natural para celebrar la Navidad así porque, como oímos, en el día octavo después de su natividad, nuestro Señor fue circuncidado y dado el nombre de Jesús. (more…)

In this New Year, embrace the Virgin Mary as your mother and your guide

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Mary, the Holy Mother of God: January 1, 2012
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

“When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus.”

The Church has the practice of celebrating the octave of certain important feast days. Rather than just letting them slip away after one day of celebration, we return to celebrate them again on the eighth day, as a sort of echo. Or we celebrate all eight days, stretching one day into eight. And so it is that we currently celebrate the Octave of Christmas and the Octave of Easter.

And we have a natural reason to do this in the case of Christmas since, as we heard, on the eighth day after his birth, our Lord was circumcised and given the name Jesus. (more…)

Say Yes to God in this New Year

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Mary Mother of God: January 1, 2011
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Today is the Octave Day of Christmas. The Church has long had the practice of celebrating the octaves of certain important feast days: that is, after celebrating the day itself, of then coming back on the 8th day and, in a way, celebrating it again, sort of like an echo or a reprise in music. Because the person, and the mystery, celebrated on those days is just too important to let it just fade away into our memories and into the past so quickly; so it seems important to bring it back again. (more…)

Let the Mother of God accompany you into the New Year

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Mary, Mother of God: January 1, 2010
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Seventy years ago, in the year 1939, as the year was drawing to a close in England, things were not looking good. Nazi Germany had invaded Poland just a few months earlier, and Britain and France and others had declared war, and thus had begun World War II. At that point, the U.S. had declared that it was neutral. And already, one British battleship had been sunk by a German U-Boat, and another one had been struck by a German mine. And so, as that year went into its closing days, no one knew for sure what was ahead. Would France fall? Would Britain itself be attacked? What was coming?

King George VI, in his radio message on that Christmas Day, quoted from a poem (more…)

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