La Trinidad y tu adopción en Cristo

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Domingo de la Santísima Trinidad, Año B: 3 Junio 2012
Dt 4, 32-34.39-40; Sal 32; Rom 8, 14-17; Mt 28, 16-20

En la primera lectura, Moisés recuerda al Pueblo de Israel de las maravillas que han experimentado. Dios se les ha revelado verdades de sí mismo, desde el fuego. Y ha hecho prodigios en rescatarlos de Egipto. Y, ¿por qué? Porque Dios los ha escogido como su propio pueblo—porque los quiere. Ha dado grandes revelaciones y ha hecho grandes maravillas para formar una relación con ellos sin par.

De una forma similar, pero mucho mayor, es lo que Dios ha hecho en Cristo por nosotros, su Cuerpo, la Iglesia. Durante los seis meses pasados, hemos celebrado los prodigios que hizo para salvarnos: la encarnación y nacimiento de Cristo; el Misterio Pascual de su pasión, muerte, resurrección, y ascensión al cielo; y la misión del Espíritu Santo sobre la Iglesia. Estos son aún mayores que el éxodo de Egipto; y la revelación de sí mismo también es mayor, para establecer una relación mayor. (more…)

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“Consubstantial,” “Only Begotten,” the Trinity, and the Mass

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Trinity Sunday, Year B: June 3, 2012
Deut 4:32-34, 39-40; Ps 33; Rom 8:14-17; Matt 28:16-20

Introduction
Over the past six months, we have celebrated the mysteries of our salvation: the Incarnation and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; the Paschal Mystery of his passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven; and, last week, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church at Pentecost. And so, as the Church has done for some 700 years, we now turn to what the Catechism calls “the central mystery of Christian faith and life… the mystery of God in himself… the source of all the other mysteries of faith”—that is, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.

We begin each Mass by entering into that mystery, by entering into “the name”—the being, the power, the reality—”of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” And we will see that truly entering into the Mass has everything to do with the life of the Trinity. (more…)

Uniting heaven and earth

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8th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

When we come to Mass, where are we? And who is with us? This would seem like an obvious answer, right? We are in Bethesda; and we can look around to see the others, all 15 of them. But it’s actually not that simple.

In this series of homilies, we have considered how Jesus Christ is the great, eternal high priest, bringing God and man together in a way that no one else ever could; and how he offered himself as the one perfect sacrifice, infinitely pleasing to the Father. Because of who he is—true God and true man—and because of what he is doing—saving the entire cosmos—his act of sacrifice, which certainly occurred at a particular time and place, nevertheless resides outside of time; and it is accessible from all times and all places. (more…)

Why do we attend Mass?

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1st in a series of short homilies on the Mass

Now that we have concluded the Christmas Season, and as we enter Ordinary Time, I want to devote some attention in these homilies at Mass—to the Mass itself. So that each of us can understand the Mass better and enter into it more intentionally and more deeply.

And I would like to begin today by asking: Why do we come to Mass? Why do you come to Mass; why do others? (more…)

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¡Cuánto exige Cristo!—para librarnos y darnos la vida verdadera

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VIII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 27 Febrero 2011
Isa 49, 14-15; Sal 61; 1 Cor 4, 1-5; Mat 6, 24-34

Es verdad, ¿no?, que a veces unas personas dicen que Dios, y que su Iglesia, exigen demasiado de nosotros seres humanos. Exigen el amor, y que rechacemos la venganza. Exigen la castidad; que nos mantenemos puros y honremos el matrimonio. Exigen la generosidad; que ayudemos a los necesitados y apoyemos a la Iglesia. Aún exigen que honremos el sábado, el día séptimo, que es el Domingo, el día del Señor. Que tenemos obligación de participar en la misa y que nos abstenemos de entregarnos a trabajos o actividades que impidan el culto debida a Dios… y el descanso necesario del espíritu y del cuerpo. [CIC 2180, 2185]

¡Cuánto exigen! Es como un amo que exige tanto de sus empleados o esclavos: (more…)

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The Eucharist

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Father Dan goes beyond surface appearances to reveal the heart of the Catholic Mass: the Real Presence of Christ; participation in his one perfect Sacrifice; and receiving his Body and Blood in Holy Communion. Deepen your understanding, and learn how to prepare yourself to truly enter in.

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An explanatory Mass in Advent

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During the Advent Season we prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. In talks from an explanatory Mass, Father Dan explores how the Mass is a “pledge of the glory to come” and a participation in the worship of heaven; and how “ad orientem” celebration fits well with Advent. He also introduces us to the sacred vessels and cloths used in the Mass, and ties it all together with a homily on John the Baptist’s message to us.

An explanatory Mass

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What is the Mass all about? How Christ is present? How is the Mass a sacrifice, and how do we share in it? What are the different parts of the Mass? How does it all fit together? Father Dan explains the why and the what of this act of worship that is central to our life in Christ. (This recording presents only the explanations, without the Mass itself.)

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