¡Despierte y prepárese para el Adviento del Señor!

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I Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 1 Diciembre 2013
Is 2, 1-5; Sal 121; Rom 13, 11-14; Mt 24, 37-44 (more…)

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Wake up and get ready for the Advent of the Lord!

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 1, 2013
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of our classes in the school; and in their religion textbook they were beginning a chapter entitled “Christ Will Come Again.” It was a chapter that presented to them this truth that we believe and that we profess each week: that Jesus will come again in glory; that we look forward to his Second Coming.

And this is the primary focus of Advent. The word “Advent” itself comes from the Latin for coming or arrival: it is Jesus’ coming, his Second Coming, that we called to look forward to, and to prepare for. (more…)

Recuerda quién te liberó

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III Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 11 Marzo 2012
Ex 20, 1-17; Sal 18; 1 Cor 1, 22-25; Jn 2, 13-25

En el principio de los Diez Mandamientos, oímos que el Señor recuerda a su Pueblo quién es y quiénes son, por todo lo que les ha hecho. “Yo soy el Señor, tu Dios, que te sacó de la tierra de Egipto y de la esclavitud.” “Yo lo he hecho. Tú no te liberaste a ti mismo; ni ningún otro dios ni criatura. Yo te liberé. Yo te rescaté. Yo los formé a ustedes como un pueblo. Yo los guardé, yo los guié. Y yo les doy la tierra prometida. No lo hizo ningún otro, ni en el cielo, ni en la tierra, ni en el agua, ni debajo de la tierra. Yo te doy la plenitud del gozo. Yo te doy la integridad. Entonces no te vayas buscando a otros. Busca a mí.” (more…)

Time for a little temple cleaning!

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B: March 11, 2012
Exod 20:1-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

Our Lord Jesus understood human nature very well. But sometimes we need to take a closer look at ourselves: to look into our hearts and souls and see what’s going well, what’s going badly; what may have slipped, what needs to be improved; what needs to be brought to our Lord in sacramental confession, so that he can forgive and heal us. And Lent is a special season of the year for that. (more…)

Would a federal investigation find you are really Catholic?

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Feb. 6, 2011
Isa 58:7-10; Ps 112; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Matt 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?”

I think the meaning of this phrase is well illustrated by something that happened last month. A government agency told a Catholic college, in effect: “You aren’t Catholic enough.” That’s rather strange, isn’t it? Not something that we expect government agencies to do. So let’s take a look at this to see what was going on. (more…)