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Experience tells us that the times when we are most susceptible to temptation are when we are fatigued, in physical or emotional pain, hungry and thirsty, or when we feel alone or frightened. In such … more
Out of the pain of childbirth comes new life, so from the difficulties of our life comes our vocation. In our first reading, King Uzziah of Israel had died. During his half-century reign, he had … more
What a difference a week makes. Attentive listeners will recall that the beginning of this Gospel passage is the same as the ending in last Sunday’s. For people who pray liturgically, it might be … more
Homecomings can be powerful moments. In this account, taken from the pages of Luke's Gospel, Jesus returns home to Nazareth at the age of 30 after going away for some time to finalize preparations … more
The church puts forth the Blessed Virgin Mary as the model of prayerful intercession. We fly to her patronage with our petitions, knowing that she can present them to her Son, Jesus Christ, as only a … more
When a cardinal is elected pope, he is asked whether he accepts the election. At the very moment when he says “yes” he becomes pope and bishop of Rome. The solemn Mass to inaugurate His ministry … more
People who know a lot about history and language say that the word “teenager” is relatively new. The word is used frequently today in our society, and its use can invite a grimace, a response … more
There are three great Advent themes in our readings today: humility, joy and mercy. Greatness in human beings manifests itself in a wide variety of fascinating and often surprising ways. Just … more
During this time of the year, many of us find ourselves welcoming family and friends into our homes, and thus are familiar with the practice of “tidying up.” This includes tasks like putting the … more
Imagine a motion picture that begins with a sweeping panorama of all the centers of power in our society: brokerage houses, banks, government offices, huge universities, skyscrapers, media studios … more
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